Cut Cable TV and Still Watch TV On the Cheap

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Some folks have trouble making their budget,but insist on keeping the cable for entertainment purposes.  However, if you can’t afford it, you should cut cable TV because you will still be able to keep up with some of your favorite T.V. shows.  The internet, newspapers, and coworkers will keep you abreast on all the current news happenings.  It all just makes me wonder – do we really need cable?

How To Cut Cable TV and Still Watch TV

Hulu can help you keep up with some of the TV happenings.  Sure, the shows don’t air live, but it is free.  There has been talk of charging for Hulu, but currently it is still free.

If you live in Canada learn how to watch free TV there.

Buy Used TV Box Sets

Buying used DVDs from places like Amazon.com or half.com usually results in about a 35 – 50% savings -  depending on the age and the condition of the DVDs.

Many people are concerned about the quality of a used DVD.  However, since purchasing used DVDs for five years, I’ve only had problems with one or two disks.  The amount I have saved by buying used has more than made up for the cost of those two DVDs.

Sell the DVDs When You are Finished Watching

The beauty of buying used products online is that you can also sell used DVDs online.  Typically, you can recover at least half – 75% of your money when you resell the product.

If it takes you a month to get through a DVD box set, then you probably paid $5-10 (after you resell the DVDs) for a month of TV.

Subscription based Movie Service

Blockbuster online and Netflix both allow you unlimited DVD rentals at the cost of $8.99 per month.  Simply order the disks for your favorite TV show box sets.

This way you get both your movie rental and TV shows for one fixed price.  Thus, in the case of Netflix, you can take care of your TV bill and movie bill all for $8.99 per month.

Blockbuster also has a similar service with the added advantage of in store exchanges (so you don’t have to wait for the mail).  They have a variety of plans depending on the number of DVDs you wish to have at at time and if you want to be able to take advantage of in store rentals.  Their lowest package (regular monthly price) starts at $8.99 + tax.

Advantages of watching TV Box sets instead of cable TV

Save Time

For anyone who is a time management guru, they will love the fact that they can cut out all the advertisements by watching their favorite shows on DVD.  An hour show will typically be 42 minutes.  This way you can save 18 minutes per show.

Flexibility

Watch as little or as much of the show any time you want.  I know you can do this these days with cable, but DVDs also have one more flexibility advantage.  Don’t you hate when a show ends with a huge unanswered question?  With a DVD, you know the whole season is finished so you can watch a show back to back (if you really want to).

Cut Cable TV and Save Money in Other Ways Too

Why do companies pay millions of dollars on TV advertisements?  I have not done any in-depth analysis, but I’ve got a guess … because it works.  They know that seeing that lipstick plastered on your TV screen makes you want to go out and buy that brand of lipstick.  If, however, you skip the ads, you save yourself money you never knew you would spend.  Fiscal Fizzel says television makes you spend more.

Disadvantages of Watching TV DVD Box sets instead of cable

It’s a biggie … You don’t get to watch the show as it happens.  This could be quite annoying when coworkers are giving away all of the show plots and events.  There is just something about watching it live.  Hey, just form a frugal community and join your friends to watch your favorite TV show live.

Number of shows you can watch. If you buy a lot of DVD box sets, you will probably end up paying more for DVDs than you would for cable.  If, however, you only watch a show or two, buying box sets can provide some good money savings.

Would you ever consider watching TV DVD box sets instead of paying for cable, or is it too much hassle?  Any other ways to cut cable and still watch TV on the cheap?

Comments

  1. Art Ford says

    Broadcast TV is also an option, at least in our area. Fewer options, but most of the series we watch today on our satellite service are on the networks we got on our antenna two years ago. Not all were as clear a picture, but we still had them.

  2. says

    I agree! I completely cut my cable last July and have only used Hulu to watch shows and renting an occasional DVD from Redbox. It started as a 3 month experiment but I don’t miss it. Since my mom is visiting for a week, I’ll probably get a digital antenna within the next couple of weeks.

    I probably won’t have cable again until I move….IF I get it then :)

    • says

      @Lakita
      I love the idea of trying it as an experiment. It certainly is not an irreversible decision. Cut the cable – try it out – and then make your choice. Great idea.

  3. Scott F says

    We love Netflix. We watch almost all of our television series via Netflix. Yes, we miss all of the current stuff but we don’t care. I might sign up for the Blockbuster one too and use it for kids shows. That way I have one going for us grown ups and one going for the kids. I may try that as an experiment and then look into dropping the cable. The only hard part is…..football. Maybe I could just reduce the number of channels and save money that way but still get my football!

    • says

      @Scott
      You could just try watching high school football – live :). Sports does seem to be the kicker for those who want to cut the cable.

  4. says

    We love Netflix. We watch almost all of our television series via Netflix. Yes, we miss all of the current stuff but we don’t care. I might sign up for the Blockbuster one too and use it for kids shows. That way I have one going for us grown ups and one going for the kids. I may try that as an experiment and then look into dropping the cable. The only hard part is…..football. Maybe I could just reduce the number of channels and save money that way but still get my football!
    +1

  5. says

    An entire article about no cable and network television was not mentioned? Seriously? Well, without cable you can still watch the network stations, they are freeeeee to everyone!

    After you lose the cable box, just stick the cable coming out of the wall/floor into the coax port on the back of you tv labeled “ANT” (for antenna). On your remote do a “channel scan” (might be in the menu). Voila! You can now watch ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX all in HD! No cable box required!

  6. says

    My wife and I dropped our premium channels and just have basic cable and internet service via Comcast. We’re saving $100 a month and not missing a thing. The kids can watch their favorite shows on PBS and Netflix and I can get ESPN on my Xbox 360.

    We still have cable because we don’t want the hassle of making a OTA antenna work. Also for $2 more we have basic cable because it is bundled with our high speed internet. I can live with $24 a year instead of dealing with installing the antenna.

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