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Cancel Cable to Save Cash? Most Savvy Readers Say Sure

While staying home and watching TV or movies is less spendy than a night on the town, cable isn't cheap. I recently asked readers if they'd cancel cable to save and most said they could manage life without the boob tube. Here's why you say it's OK to disconnect.

  • Been doing it since February! Saves me $55 a month (although my internet is $50) and forced me to be more active. Best decision of my life. (Plus, having Netflix for Wii helps). — le romantique
  • Just moved and decided to go cable free. If we'd gone with the package I had previously we would be paying $120 more a month than we are now for just Internet. So far I don't miss it at all, we have plenty in our Netflix queue and Hulu to watch when we aren't spending time getting to know our new town. — darkangeldaria
  • We pay $9 a month for the Netflix instant streaming to our Xbox, and we watch whatever isn't available on there on DVD or online. I'd much rather pay $9 than $50 for a bunch of channels I don't even watch. — bsglrok132
  • haven't paid in for cable since I shared a house in college. I'm all about selective watching, so when Netflix WatchInstantly went unlimited a couple years ago, and when Hulu came along, I was set (I currently split my internet bill down the middle and gave my housemate my password to Netflix, so she can watch when I'm not). That and the occasional DVD rental from Netflix, a big network of friends who also review film (and love swapping screeners), and friends who have DVR so I can stay current with, say, True Blood, have made cable something I don't even consider. Even my parents went without recently and do the same things I do. — Anonymous
  • No way! We are so addicted to our shows that we would go nuts without cable. We went to a cable-free resort for a week and we went absolutely bonkers without TV to watch. It's a small luxury that we budget for every month. We figure that we save more by having cable and not going out to movies/dinner as often. — Spectra
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animatedpunk animatedpunk 5 years
My boyfriend had to move back to his home state this week..... so it's just me in the apartment now and I can't afford more rent AND cable. So I canceled it and will just be using Netflix and Hulu. We'll see how it goes! So far, so good. Anything I can't get on those sites I just download from somewhere....
bsanf3 bsanf3 5 years
Hopefully with more network attached TVs and better media players I would be able to stream/download all the programs I currently watch on satellite.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 5 years
My boyfriend and I have been cable free ever since we bought our condo two years ago. He was skeptical at first, but between the major networks, netflix, and hulu we really don't miss it at all.
amber512 amber512 5 years
We absolutely could not deal with no cable! hulu and netflix can only go so far! Most of my shows aren't available on either. So it'd actually be a waste of money to switch to services that I couldn't even fully use.
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
My room has been cable free for a couple months now which sucks because I can't watch tv before bed, but I do use hulu a lot. It's such a great website =) The only downside is that they stream only 5 full videos at a time, and that's the max.
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