When I first moved out, I lived without cable for an entire year. Honestly, I didn’t really want it anyways. I find when I have cable, I’ll always choose to watch TV over reading a book, exercising or doing something more productive. That being said, I didn’t really live without TV for that year. For a brief period I had Netflix, but if you are a fellow Canadian you’ll know the selection of movies and TV shows on there are few and far between, so that only lasted a few months. After that I just streamed everything online for free.
When my BF and I moved in together, we decided to get cable because it would only cost $10 more a month on top of what we were already paying for internet, but that still made our bill about $85/month. Divided by two people, that’s not that expensive to pay for cable and internet, but seeing as we both don’t watch TV often enough to make it worth having, and we are always looking for ways to save money, we thought we’d cancel our cable and possibly switch to a cheaper internet provider.
After haggling with our current provider, and seeing what the competitor was offering, we realized no one could give us a better deal than what we have, especially since we have the fastest internet offered and getting rid of our cable with our current package would only lower our bill by $10/month. Because my BF needs really fast internet for his self-employed work, we decided to just stick with what we have.
So, if you are trying to lower your cable or internet bill, I would definitely suggest shopping around and calling your provider’s loyalty department to see if they can offer you a better deal. Choosing to either cut your cable entirely, or cut any specialty channels is also a good way to save money, even if it didn’t really help us.
If you are a student or your roommate is, make sure to take advantage of all student offers. Even though I wasn’t a student when I first moved out, the provider I went with just asked for my old student number and I was able to get internet for the year for only $20/month. Unfortunately, I hear you can’t do that anymore and you need to provide a transcript to prove you are actually still in school, but I’d say it’s still worth a try. If you are desperate to save money and think you can survive without internet, my older sister lived without internet for a good 6-8 months, and just went to coffee shops or the public library to surf the web.
What money saving tips do you have to cut your cable/internet bill?
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