Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How we cut cable and still watch tv

Today I'm sharing 
How We Cut Cable
and still watch TV

cut cable. no cable, watch television, flat screen 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 us be able to watch tv without cable.

cut cable, watch tv

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

netflix, how to watch tv without cable

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!)

hulu, watch tv without cable

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 when 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.

antennae, watch live tv, no cable, mohu leaf indoor tv antennae

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.  


Now between Netflix, Hulu and our antennae, 
we can pretty much watch 
everything we want to on TV
 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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  5. My husband and I haven't had TV in a long time. It's just too expensive. They say that you're paying for all the different channels...but they all have the same thing! If there was a simple "pick your channels" package where you pay per channel, we might do that, but it doesn't exist. So we have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime has some great original TV shows, plus you can add HBO for a reasonable fee.

    1. I always wished there was a pick your channel option on cable. I never liked how it was all or none. And that's why we no longer have cable! :)

  6. That's interesting! I really need check this out, I got cable tv just yesterday cause I got tired of Netflix ;)

    1. I understand! We need lots of entertainment options!!

  7. I think streaming is a great idea! I like being able to binge and watch as many episodes as I can in one night.

    1. Oh for sure! I love saving up and watching it all at once!!

  8. There are so many options out there that we sometimes get lost in this 'jungle' of entertainment offerings. My only problem is that we seem to use so many different sources that I forget where they are located.

    1. Seriously, I often forget too! Thankfully my kids always know everything! :)


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