3 Alternatives For People Who Are Trying to Cut Cable
According to nbcnews.com, the average cable bill is approximately $99 per month. Cable companies have had a hold on the television industry for years, but as times are changing, cable companies are losing their firm grasp on the consumer. With the evolution of the Internet, consumption of information is coming from alternative sources other than the traditional television.
The goal today is to shed light onto a topic that many people are wrestling with as they attempt to curve spending on unnecessary items as well as avoiding the growing costs of cable. There are solid alternatives from the traditional cable route, and all you need is a solid wireless Internet connection. Also, I personally do not have cable.
Netflix and Hulu
I would like to preface this by saying our household utilizes these services, but are not affiliated with them. Netflix and Hulu are similar in services in that they offer streaming of popular movies and television shows. Hulu updates their television shows regularly to provide current episodes for some of the major shows, while Netflix usually updates their content regularly as well.
Breaking them down a little further, Hulu in my opinion offers a larger selection of television shows over movies and Netflix offers a larger selection of movies over television shows. Depending on your taste, you can choose one over the other. Cost wise, they are similar with Netflix coming in at $7.99 for the basic package and $11.99 for the premium, and Hulu’s services coming in at $7.99 as well. For an additional $4.00, your programs can run commercial free on Hulu.
If you purchase both at the basic level, you will still come in under $20.00, compared to $99 average cost. There may be an adjustment period because there are no live sports with Netflix and Hulu, but adjusting to that is simple. Not to mention you’ll be saving at least $50.
Sling TV & PlayStation Vue
I currently am also a subscriber to Sling TV but have no affiliation with the company. This second alternative is great because it allows you to stream live television, and if you’re located near a major city, you may have the ability to stream local channels such as ABC, CBS, and FOX.
Starting with Sling TV, it allows you to choose a base package that contains a group of channels. Once that is completed, you may add on additional channels beginning at five dollars. The cheapest package with no additional channels added is $20. They have a second base package with no additional channels for $25, or you can purchase both for $40. For someone who simply cannot give up cable, this is a great alternative because it is cheaper, and you can also watch sports and other live events.
PlayStation Vue is similar in that is offers packages of channels you can live stream. The price points are a little higher, starting at $29.99, but is still much cheaper than cable. A fast Internet connection is highly recommended because for streaming. Secondly, I highly recommend a streaming device such as Roku or Google Chromecast. This allows you to stream from any device to your television. These two options are a great way if you must stay connected to cable television.
Eliminate Cable to Focus on Meaningful Tasks
Television is mindless and can become an unhealthy habit. Speaking form personal experience, cutting the cable has allowed me to focus on other goals. Of course I have my shows such as Ghost Adventures every Saturday as well as some sports, but besides that the television is usually turned off.
Take the time you would normally spend mindlessly sitting on the couch to play with your children, start a new hobby, start a new business, or pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read. It does take time to adjust if you’ve had cable your whole life. However, it is certainly worth cutting the cord financially at the very least.
There are many different alternatives to cable and I hope this got you thinking of ways you save money. Cable is becoming stupidly expensive and is certainly a cost you can cut utilizing the above avenues. Becoming financially free is going to take drastic changes, but is well worth it in the end.