I was the last truly frugal hold out on earth who still had cable. When I would teach coupon classes and tell people I still had cable they would always look at me astonished. I mean when you are trying to cut bills cable is the first thing to go right?
For me it wasn’t. All the years I was couponing just to keep my head above water I had cable. I had very basic cable and I set a budget. As low as Cox kept the bill for both cable and internet below that budget I never cancelled it. Every June I would call before my bill went up and renegotiate to get below that number. And that worked until April 2018 when I got my bill and it had gone up $10. I called and they wouldn’t work with me anymore so cable is gone.
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That was on a Saturday night. When I got home from Easter dinner on Sunday my cable was still on. So I turned on Jesus Christ Superstar to watch. Right in the middle of Hosanna the picture went out. My cable was gone. The TV was more empty than I had ever seen it.
Watching TV Without Cable
So now I had no cable. I needed to try to set myself up for success so that Monday wasn’t horrible. I already had my Amazon Firestick up and running! Here is what I did:
Netflix: I was already a master of all things Netflix so I had plenty of shows to watch (currently bingeing Person of Interest). But now I needed to make arrangements for the things currently airing that I wanted to watch.
Hulu: So I logged onto Hulu. I have access to the Hulu with no commercials. I was able to go under my profile (different names have different settings) and add every show I watch onto my list except CBS shows and the one Hallmark Channel show I watch. Then the next time I log in if new episodes are available they are right in front of me!
CBS: Unfortunately the CBS app is not free and has TERRIBLE reviews online. So I decided I would risk the free option of just watching whatever I wanted on CBS.com. I have watched every show this week I would have normally watched but just on my laptop. I do have to sit through the commercials but it wasn’t too big of an adjustment. I have heard this does not stream as well to televisions.
The only show I have not been able to get is When Calls The Heart. At only $2.99 per episode if I find I miss it terribly I will be willing to shell out the money.
So far I have not had the need to get an antenna but I assume at some point I will want to. I have begun doing some research but nothing of substance yet. There are so many fraudulent reviews it is going to take a while to go through them all and find the one that I want.
After My First Week
After seven days I really haven’t thought much about not having cable. This Tuesday I happen to not have my normal activity and it was weird not being able to watch my typical Tuesday shows but I just started Fixer Upper on Hulu and watched everything else on Wednesday.
It’s saving me $60 a month and so far I think it’s been worth every dime! Plus I read more than usual and my house is a bit cleaner than it was before!