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How Choosing Free Television Helped Save Me Money

Updated on April 30, 2012

Well I have been without cable television for more than 30 days. I can't say that I miss it that much. Although I do miss some of my programs from the cable line up, I found out that the majority of my television programs were available for free. I chose to get rid of my cable company because it was just too much for me to afford right now. With the purchase of a HD converter box and an antenna, I am able to receive all the local channels from the biggest networks.

I can still watch ABC, NBC,CBS and FOX, as well as WGBH broadcasting on 5 different channels. There is also a free movie channel showing old favorites. Plus with the addition of Netflix, I can watch new movies and television shows right through my Wii gaming system. This provides me with great entertainment options at a huge savings over cable or satellite providers. My old bill which included cable and high speed Internet was costing me from $90.00 to $120.00 per month with a lot of commercials. I thought the beauty of cable was going to be less commercials because you are paying for it. But, as we all know there is a ton of commercials on cable.

With that said, I seem to get plenty of value by getting an HD converter box from the internet and a cheap antenna from Radio Shack. The whole cost to set up the free television was around $50.00. Plus, I have internet and home phone service from Verizon for about $35.00 a month as a bundle deal. Netflix is $8.00 per month for a total monthly bill of $43.00. This has saved me a significant amount of money that can now be used for other things. As time has gone on, I have realized that almost all of the time I spent watching tv was spent on the networks that are broadcast for free.

I have found that could save me around $900.00 per year. I think the savings well outweigh the limited channel choices of the HD converter box. I watched America's Got Talent, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Big Brother, The Simpsons and many of my favorite shows without cable or a cable bill. My children are too busy on the internet to even bat an eyelash when I chose to cut the Cable. They have not complained much, and they love Netflix so it has worked out well for all of us.

So, if you are feeling overwhelmed in this troubled economy I hope you will join me and the many other people that are cutting the cable habit and trying out the free television. I think until they can provide the services with less cost to us, the consumers, we have a clear choice as far as television entertainment goes. In my opinion it seemed that cable was supposed to be commercial free and reasonably priced, but I do not see evidence of that anymore.

So I hope you enjoyed this hub and found it helpful!


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      7 years ago

      I don't have cable either. I do however pay for netflix streaming. Other then that I can watch anything I want on the internet.

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      7 years ago from Arizona

      Man you are so right. I am proud to say that I haven't had cable TV for over 2 years now. Whats the point really? I hardly have time to watch TV, and when I do, there is never anything good on. Besides, any show that I would be interested in seeing, I can watch on DVD or the Internet. I have literally saved my self over $2,800 over the last two years by not buying the cheapest cable plan for my area.


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