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Reasons to Get Rid of Cable and Satellite

Updated on October 16, 2013

This usually requires a change in lifestyle as many of us spend countless hours in front of the boob tube.

Are you ready to get more done? Are your kids ready to find other things to do? Can your family handle the alternatives.

So far this has been a losing battle in my home so I am writing this for those of your ready or getting ready to make the change/switch.

Be sure to leave me a comment about your experiences.


I don't know about you but we are paying about $100 a month for our Satellite service. What would you do with an extra $100+ a month, some people pay more? You could go out to eat with your family and still have enough left to rent a good movie. You could save it for a vacation. Pay down a small debt with it. There are so many options for what you could do with the extra money.

It really comes down saving that money every month.

The Alternatives

You can get rid of cable or satellite and still be able to watch your shows and movies. There are several alternatives.

Digital Converters, you can no longer get channels out of the air but you can purchase a digital converter to watch the local channels. This is ideal for those who really don't care about watching tv but still want to know about local news.

Online Alternatives, Hulu, Netflix just to name a few are online alternatives that offer tv shows, documentaries and movies to watch through your computer and television.

Renting or Borrowing Videos, There are still a few video rental stores open out there that you can utilize. Your local library offers free videos to borrow. Redbox kiosks are at many chain stores with newer movies available for rental.

YOu Get Your Time Back

If you are a tv-aholic and spend countless hours staring into the boob tube like a zombie you might want to get rid of cable or satellite and get your butt off the couch. Figure out how much time you spent watching tv in the past few days or week. Could you be doing other things? Pursuing your favorite hobbies, eating dinner at the table ( that is what that big thing in your dining room/kitchen is for), doing yard work, homework, spending tie with your kids (where you actually interact wit them)... you get my point.

I hope this has helped you make the decision to at least cut back on your tv consumption and get something done and save a few bucks in the process.

What will you do?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We have cable because of our HOA - it's in the payment. If I had my choices, I would cut it off. It doesn't work half the time anyways... hate to complain but it's just my being truthful. Thanks for the look at this truth.

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      Shelly Epperly 5 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      LOL Thanks for the kudos. I would do this in a heart beat if it wasn't for my husband and daughters. I do have my favorite shows and channels but I would easily live without them. Have a great day.

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      Ardot 5 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! Voted up. I'd love to do this! My wife and daughter however would be mortified. They need their specialty channels, and are not ready to make the change. It is very convenient and easy to just plop down and turn on the tube. The methods you describe above require a lot of work. In my case it's hockey. The only way I can watch my hockey is through cable. There is no free alternatives. Evil cable companies hogging my hockey!