I have a love-hate relationship with cable. I love the quality of the picture for the channels in high definition, but I hate paying big dollars for channels I don’t ever watch.
Why would I pay $50/month for access to 75+ channels when I only watch 1-3 of them? Summers are usually the season for reruns and not much new is on, so I wanted to take my savings a step further.
I’ve decided to cut the cable for the summer as I’ve been busy with work, travel and family obligations.
And not only that, I recently received notice that the cable rates are going up – again. I think my cable company should know by now that every time they increase their rates I will call them on it.
I wasn’t looking forward to calling my cable company to have the cable cut off, since I knew a simple request could potentially turn into a 45 minute (forced) conversation on which cable package suits my needs.
To my surprise, it actually went quite smoothly – my cable company didn’t even try to convince me to keep the cable.
They did ask what price would be worth it for me to continue paying for cable, and I replied “free”. Needless to say, I didn’t get free cable and they processed my request right away.
Aside from the obvious savings every month, I’ve also noticed a couple of small side benefits from cutting the cable:
- I find myself being more productive at home doing other things – mowing the lawn, cleaning the garage or fixing things that have been needed fixing for a while. None of those things are as relaxing as watching a TV show but I’ve found the house to be noticeably cleaner since the cable was cut.
- Weight loss. I’ve lost a couple pounds since cutting the cable and I assume this is because I spend more time being active and out doing things, rather than sitting in front of the TV.
- Catching up with friends. Since cutting the cable cable, I’ve spent more time catching up with friends and family and less time inside on the couch.
I recently bought an Apple TV which I have been using as a replacement for cable on the odd day I want to watch something. I purchase the shows I want through my iTunes account, and then watch them on the Apple TV. The picture is great and there are no commercials so I can watch one show in much less time.
My only issue with Apple TV is that every single show costs money, so the costs do add up fast. I’ve only bought a couple so far but if I watched a lot of shows it may be cheaper to just keep the cable instead.
I’ve actually enjoyed not having cable so much that I think I will consider not having it for at least a portion of the fall as well.
When the weather cools down and the days get shorter, it’s likely I will spend more time indoors and am more likely to need the cable then. I’m thinking I will hold out until I reach that point, and maybe even more so that I can continue my savings.
Have you considered cutting your cable? If so, do you miss it?