Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How we cut cable and still watch tv

Late last year, my family was looking for ways to 
cut back on our monthly expenses.  

After going through everything, we decided that 
getting rid of cable was going to work the best.

Luckily we were able to find some ways to help up be able to watch tv still. 

We all love watching some mindless tv shows and were not willing to give that up!

We already had Netflix and were pretty happy with it.
Netflix has entire seasons of tv  and some movies.
The only problem is that it didn't have the latest episodes of certain shows we liked.
Like Grey's Anatomy. (Mer and Der sniff forever!)

So we added Hulu, 
which gave us the ability to watch TV show episodes that aired the previous day.

Between Netflix and Hulu, we were pretty happy.  Mostly 
everything we wanted to see was on one of the two.   
 And the best part of all is that we saved almost $80 per month.

But then the Olympics were getting ready to come on. 
We needed live tv. 

After doing a little research, I realized that basic tv channels are still broadcast 
(like when I was a kid) and can be picked up for free, with an antennae.

I went to Antenna Web to see what kind of channels were broadcast in my area.
That way we could get an antennae that would pick up the stations we wanted.

We tried 1 antennae but were still missing a few of the channels.  
So we found another one and are very happy with it.

We have the Mohu Leaf indoor TV antennae.  (amazon afiiliate link)
It is about as thick as a piece of cardstock.  
It hangs on our wall with command velcro, above the tv.  

So now between Netflix, Hulu and our antennae, we can pretty much watch 
everything and we save lots of money every month!


  1. So interesting that you chose to write about this because we are mulling over the same thing. Between internet and cable my monthly bill is now $216. That is crazy! I need my Bravo and HGTV but everything else is Netflix. I read the news on my phone. I think I'm going to go research Hulu and see if they have what I need. I think it is time to cut the cord. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Our bill was outrageous too! Good luck with whatever you choose to do! Have a great week! xo

  2. Are you able to watch streaming episodes on CBS.com, etc. via Internet? We considered dropping cable and just going with Internet. Unfortunately when I tried to stream a current episode of something I missed live, forgot to DVR, and wasn't on our cable's On Demand yet, CBS wouldn't let me because I have Time Warner. Do you run into this situation?

    1. I haven't ever tried to stream from CBS. Sorry. I just watch everything on Hulu or Netflix. I suggest checking Hulu to see if it shows the episodes you're looking for. Hope this helps! Have a great week! xo

  3. Now you have me thinking! I admit Pople have said the same thing to me, but they never gave me links so I could see beforehand what channels I'd get. Now I am researching to see if I can get rid of my cable too. Thank you SO MUCH for the information and keep giving us the low down!

    1. My entire family and I were total tv addicts. I thought it was going to be a huge sacrifice. But after the initial period of getting used to it, we are all happy, and I can't imagine going back. Good luck with your research! Have a great week! xo

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