Back in February, my husband Jeffrey and I canceled our cable. It’s not because we were running out of money and only going to the bare essentials, we did it because we wanted to. I know, crazy right? I have never been without cable–never. As in: not a day in my life had I gone without TLC, HGTV, A&E or the Food Network until six months ago. Why did we choose to participate in this experiment? Simple–$500.

One day, after doing some quick math when looking at our cable and internet bill, I discovered that if we were to drop our cable we could save $500 a year! If “Holy Cow!” was your reaction then you stole if from me because that’s exactly what I thought too. However, we weren’t going to totally throw ourselves back into the Dark Ages by doing this; we have Netflix. And Netflix only cost $15 a month as opposed to over $40. Even after discovering how much money we could save by dropping cable, I was still a little skeptical. Could Netflix alone really fulfill all of my TV-watching desires? We both decided to give it a try, and if our Netflix-only existence didn’t turn out to be everything we imagined it could be, we could just as easily get the cable back. And so, we boldly went where I had never gone before.

I remember the first day I came home from work after the cable had been shut off. I turned on the TV to see if the deed had been done, and indeed it had–nothing but snow on our TV.  I immediately started having some reservations: “What about all my favorite shows?? What about Barefoot Contessa, Property Virgins, 19 Kids and Counting? What about my beloved Criminal Minds??” I texted Jeffrey and told him I wasn’t sure if I could handle the separation. He, wisely, didn’t reply to my text.

I then got on our laptop and started scoping out what Netflix had to offer me as far as instant streaming went. I must admit, I was delightfully surprised. Netflix has all the documentaries I could ever hope to watch. I love watching documentaries; I like feeling like I’m actually getting smarter by watching TV. And it has a pretty descent selection of shows to watch–shows that I would have probably liked to watch on TV but was never around at the right time to catch. Now I can save them to our queue and watch them whenever I please (Lost!). There are also some TV series that Jeff and I picked up that I would have never watched but now really enjoy (30 Rock!). By the way, if you have a Wii or PS3, you can watch Netflix on a TV, so no huddling around the computer screen.

  • Netflix.  Stream netflix instant video to your TV through any number of devices, or watch on your computer.  Start a one-month free trial on any of their plans (including the DVDs-to-home plans) for FREE!  All you have to do is cancel your membership before the end of the month if you decide not to continue, and you’ll have 7 days to return the DVDs.
    • Watch unlimited instant video streaming $7.99 per month
    • Check out one DVD rental at a time $7.99 per month
    • Get video streaming and one-at-a-time DVD Rental $15.98 per month

  • Hulu Plus allows you to watch more movies and television shows than are available on the free Hulu network.  Unlike Netflix, Hulu has episodes of currentTV shows.
    • Hulu  is free and offers the five most recent episodes on over 1000 seasons of current and classic TV shows on your computer.
    • Hulu Plus allows you to watch entire seasons (over 33,000 total episodes to choose from) in addition to movies and documentaries on a number of devices for $7.99 per month.  Refer up to 10 friends per year and receive two-weeks free for every referral!

  • Amazon Prime. In addition to Free Two-Day shipping with no minimum order size, Amazon Prime members get unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.  $79 is a bitter pill to swallow all at once, but if you do the calculations, it’s actually only $6.58 per month.  Amazon also sells additional TV show streaming for $1.99 per episode.

All in all, after having been six months without cable I’m surprised how much I haven’t noticed its absence. I have, however, noticed the extra $40 that we have in our checking account. And I have plans to automatically transfer that extra $40 each month into a savings account to build up a reserve. For anyone who’s thinking about ways to really save money without having it put a serious cramp in your lifestyle, consider trying our “Netflix only” way of living.

This has been a guest post by Stacie from Laramie, Wyoming
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95 thoughts on “TV Savings $500 per year with Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime”

  1. We gave up cable for over the air tv years ago. Once in a while I’ll grab a redbox movie for a couple of bucks. But that’s it. If I want something else, I’ll check out crackle. Totally happy. Highly recommend. Put that money into an IRA!

  2. Lady says:

    What did u go buy to watch it on if u let Ur cable go

  3. I have amazon prime through the moms thing but I don’t think I can get the streaming included :(

  4. rachiti says:

    LIBRARY!!! This is also a FREE option. If you reserve the DVDs online using the library’s website, you’ll get an email when they’re ready and can stop in and just grab them quick. My local library is great about getting in a reasonable amount of new releases and actually has TV series back seasons that I can’t find anywhere else (except one-at-a-time through Netflix – takes longer and costs $8 a month). It’s a great alternative to paying for TV and they’ve got both TV and movies.

  5. rachiti says:

    I did Netflix for a year as online only but eventually ran out of stuff to watch since I’m more a TV than a movie. I added DVDs by mail but when the price shot up I quit it entirely. Why? …because if I’m paying $7.99 a month for DVDs and I skip watching my DVD for even one week (it takes nearly week to send it in and get another one esp. if you watch it Sat. night) then I feel like I’m throwing my money away. I realized this last month I didn’t watch online at all. I’m going to try Redbox instead since they have tons of deals – between that and Hulu my entertainment budget went from $11 (would be $16 after price hike) to about $4

  6. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure? The way I read it was that you pay them, but you still pay for your Hulu account..

  7. Anonymous says:

    My husband plans on purchasing the baseball package next year through MLB.com.. not exactly sure how it works, but he can buy the package and then we can view it.. I guess like streaming Netflix.

  8. Andrea says:

    i’ve never paid to watch anything but I am not sure if all their content is free… i think it is though….

  9. What about Football? my husband would die if he couldnt watch his football. any tips for that?

  10. What about Football? my husband would die if he couldnt watch his football. any tips for that?

  11. I would really love to do this. My kids only watch selected shows that we DVR anyways so they would be fine. My huge question is what you do when you have multiple tvs in you house. We are currently making a family room downstairs and will have a tv and our livingroom and bedroom have a TV. We do have an xbox and a Wii but really dont want one on every tv. Any suggestions. We are always rotating what tv the kids watch depending on the day and what I am cleaning or picking up.

  12. chris says:

    Ok what I want to know is if you are doing away with your cable how are you using it for the netflix’s? Do you still keep he internet and just hook up your systems from there?
    I have been thinking really hard the last few weeks to do away with the cable to save on bills, but every time I think I’m going to do it this week I say,”mmm after this show or after I’m done watching this recording I didnt get to watch.” UGH I know I need to break away but its hard when I stay home 80 percent of the time and having better to do during the day……any option would be great please.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been researching for the past year and figured out the ESPN, but I haven’t figured out FOX Sports which plays all my husband’s local games. Do you know if Playon has FOX Sports or any other way of getting local games? Thanks.

  14. April Wilson says:

    We did this about 2 ago. We will never pay for cable again. They have tons of cartoons for the kids….yes, Dora , wonderpets, blue’s clues almost all of them and probably some of your childhood favorites you had forgotten about. We also pick a different series and watch it as a family….when it’s over we just pick a new one to start watching! Some of my favorites like Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Army Wives, Jericho, BAttle Star Galatica….all on there! So worth the change! We also have an antena so that we recieve our local channels so yes we can still watch the news and newer stuff! Also my kids love PBS Kids on the antena and once installed is FREE! YAY!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I called to cancel my cable and explained that it was just too much money to spend on a non-essential item. At the time my bill was about $130 a month for cable and internet. I told them that I planned to keep my internet because they are the only provider with the speed I need and watch movies and TV on Netflix. The bad news was that keeping my internet alone was going to be $70 because I wouldn’t be bundling any longer. The good news was they offered me a deal where I have the same internet, same cable, same dvr and HD plus they added HBO and I was only paying $65 a month… PLUS I didn’t have to take the cable box down to their service center and wait in line for forever with two kids to drop it off. After six months, I called again to cancel and they have extended me for another 6 months but no HBO this time. We’re happy to still have cable but we really are ready to let it go at any point where they will charge us more than $70.

    We also have free HD local channels on our bedroom TV because of an antenna my husband built and put in the attic. It saves us a lot not having another cable box upstairs.

  16. Anonymous says:

    We were getting ready to get rid of cable about a year ago and missing out on sports was my husband’s main concern. He went on youtube and found out how to build an HDantena. He built it, hooked it up in the attic, and we now get 30 channels in HD for free. When a game is on a cable channel we got to a friend’s house or restaurant/sports bar or heaven forbid, we miss a game :)

  17. Beth Anne Saves says:

    We did this about a year ago…but then we moved and decided to get cable again and can’t say I regret it…I terribly MISSED my DVR and my TLC and Lifetime/cable shows especially now that Teen Nick is showing some of my favorite shows from the 90s again!! But I’m going to cancel Netflix to just DVD’s. If you could get cable stuff online better I’d be more inclined to cancel cable.

  18. Karen Ellsworth says:

    I didn’t have any choice but to split the cable bill at my last place, but I’d been planning to not even have a tv when I moved. I moved a month ago and no, I never bought a tv – actually sold the one the previous residents left for me. lol I have Netflix and Hulu Plus and combined with a few channel websites, I’m quite happy. Honestly, I like it more than having cable and not just because of the lower cost! I never have to pay attention to what’s on when or miss my favorite shows – they just pop up in my queue on Hulu+. Sure, there are a few shows I haven’t been able to find full episodes of online, but there’s so much more to see I don’t really miss those few. I chose to stick with just a cell phone also, so I only pay for high speed internet & my cell. I save another $10/mo by letting my internet provider also bill me for my Verizon bill – one bill to pay. =) Can’t see going back to cable… I finally convinced my mother to drop her pay channel (she’ll never ditch cable altogether) in favor of Netflix DVDs – it’s cheaper and she gets to choose what movies she gets to see. Baby steps.

  19. Karen Ellsworth says:

    I didn’t have any choice but to split the cable bill at my last place, but I’d been planning to not even have a tv when I moved. I moved a month ago and no, I never bought a tv – actually sold the one the previous residents left for me. lol I have Netflix and Hulu Plus and combined with a few channel websites, I’m quite happy. Honestly, I like it more than having cable and not just because of the lower cost! I never have to pay attention to what’s on when or miss my favorite shows – they just pop up in my queue on Hulu+. Sure, there are a few shows I haven’t been able to find full episodes of online, but there’s so much more to see I don’t really miss those few. I chose to stick with just a cell phone also, so I only pay for high speed internet & my cell. I save another $10/mo by letting my internet provider also bill me for my Verizon bill – one bill to pay. =) Can’t see going back to cable… I finally convinced my mother to drop her pay channel (she’ll never ditch cable altogether) in favor of Netflix DVDs – it’s cheaper and she gets to choose what movies she gets to see. Baby steps.

  20. Kelly Davis says:

    there is a espn link on XBOX. sports finatics might want to check out that option.

    • hey do you know if this is only for xbox or can i get it on ps3 or wii? we dont have any game consoles but my husband is really skeptical about cancelling bc he cant live without his football.

  21. Jennfier says:

    I have not had cable ever sense my husband and I moved out on our own (8 years now). I watch free over the air, watch dvds that we have, and watch hulu on the computer for free (only for the past year. We didn’t even have internet before that). I can’t say that we ever feel like we are missing anything except when football comes on (my husband). But even if we had cable, it comes on the super-preimium channels, so no big loss there either.

    Will we ever get cable? Probally not.

  22. Lacy Coker says:

    I have thought seriously about it, but my sports enthusiast (husband) would have none of it. When there is NFL on the internet (w/o cable subscription) it would be worth it for me. :(

  23. Patty Wall says:

    I have been without cable for over a year. I cancelled Direct TV and got a $29.00 dollor Antenna at Home Depot.

    You might have to adjust where to put it on your roof and then channel in the stations on your TV. I have channels 2 to 13. All the stations come in great as they do with cable. I also purchased 2 ROKU’s players for my living room and bedroom. I have Netflix and now steam it on my TV’s. I dont miss cable in the least. Since Netflix went up in price I only have streaming rather then pay another 7.99 to get DVDs mailed to me……I will just go to redbox and get movies for a dollor….sorry Netflix but its was dirty of you to have such a big increase. But steaming with be ok……

    Dont think you have to pay cable to watch TV ….trust me you wont miss it, I mean I remember channel seaching and finding nothing to watch…..and I was paying for that………and now I save over $30.00 a month … I have FREE TV like the old days…..! And I get to watch what I want on Netflix Streaming…..

    Like is good and I am sorry I fall into that pay for cable trap for all those years…!

  24. Love this Post! My husband and I did this about 2 years ago and not only did we save hundreds, but we also have A LOT more time together as a family. We have Netflix as well and the great thing about that is there are no commercials, so for every 1 hour show, we are actually also saving about 15 minutes of time. We aren’t isolated into the TV shows’ programming times so this causes better planning as well. Unless cable is free in the future, we probably will never go back.

    There is so much I could write about this! Less dependence on the TV equals better quality family time!

  25. yoko says:

    We dropped our cable because we were paying WAY too much to say, “There’s nothing on.” We started using Netflix (streaming only) and Hulu Plus.

    I have to say, it has been amazing! There’s lots of options for my little one on Netflix. We get to watch out prime time shows the day after on Hulu, which is no biggie because we had started watching our prime time shows on demand because we always ended up missing them. As for the hubs and sports, if there’s a game he can’t keep up with online and really wants to watch, he can head to a friend’s house or splurge during the Super Bowl and go down to the bar.

  26. Anonymous says:

    This is great information. I tried the netflix instant streaming but there is no cooking shows. When I had cable I use to watch Food Network all the time. Does Hulu or Amazon have cooking shows? Or any suggestions on where I can watch cooking shows without cable? Thanks :)

  27. Anonymous says:

    This is great information. I tried the netflix instant streaming but there is no cooking shows. When I had cable I use to watch Food Network all the time. Does Hulu or Amazon have cooking shows? Or any suggestions on where I can watch cooking shows without cable? Thanks :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    This is great information. I tried the netflix instant streaming but there is no cooking shows. When I had cable I use to watch Food Network all the time. Does Hulu or Amazon have cooking shows? Or any suggestions on where I can watch cooking shows without cable? Thanks :)

  29. Marie Myers says:

    I wish there would be a program that would show live sporting events. If so we would totally drop cable, as we have done the math. But we would not have any live sports such as horse racing, hockey, and auto racing. Apparently there s some law or FCC regulation that disables the ability to stream live events. Or so that is what I have been told when contacting some of the stations listed on Roku.

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is great information. I have already tried Netflix instant streaming but they don’t have any cooking shows. I use to watch the Food Network constantly. Does Hulu or Amazon offer cooking shows? Any suggetions? I would appreciate it. Thanks :)

  31. Vee Ham says:

    Is there a way to get foodnetwork, cooking channel, net geo, discovery, cnn, foxnews, weather channel and comedy central without having to use satellite? Between cell phones, internet and at&t satellite we spend just under $300 a month. Scary.

  32. I’m a DVR addict. You bring up a good point with Tivo, but will it record things that you stream? Example: stream a couple episodes of a favorite TV show and save them for later on Tivo?

  33. Danica Stone says:

    We did this very thing over two years ago and I love love love it! We actually didn’t even have Roku at the time. But there were so many other ways already to watch tv – Hulu, Amazon, Netflix – that I didn’t even bother to get a digital antenna thing until I wanted to watch the Superbowl.

    I made a list of all the shows my wife and I watched regularly, and figured out which ones we could watch for free, and which ones we could watch for money on Amazon. Even if we paid $20 or $30 for an entire season of Top Chef and a couple of other premium cable types of shows, we still stood to save hundreds of dollars a year.

    We got a Roku and a year-long Netflix subscription when we got married, which made it even easier.

    I do want to warn people not to make the mistake I did with Hulu Plus! I paid for a subscription briefly because I thought it would let me stream current shows to my TV instead of watching them on my computer. WRONG. The stuff that’s available on Hulu Plus is all older seasons of TV shows, and movies – fine, but largely available on Netflix already, and not new. Oh well! Saves me eight bucks or so a month :)

  34. Danica Stone says:

    We did this very thing over two years ago and I love love love it! We actually didn’t even have Roku at the time. But there were so many other ways already to watch tv – Hulu, Amazon, Netflix – that I didn’t even bother to get a digital antenna thing until I wanted to watch the Superbowl.

    I made a list of all the shows my wife and I watched regularly, and figured out which ones we could watch for free, and which ones we could watch for money on Amazon. Even if we paid $20 or $30 for an entire season of Top Chef and a couple of other premium cable types of shows, we still stood to save hundreds of dollars a year.

    We got a Roku and a year-long Netflix subscription when we got married, which made it even easier.

    I do want to warn people not to make the mistake I did with Hulu Plus! I paid for a subscription briefly because I thought it would let me stream current shows to my TV instead of watching them on my computer. WRONG. The stuff that’s available on Hulu Plus is all older seasons of TV shows, and movies – fine, but largely available on Netflix already, and not new. Oh well! Saves me eight bucks or so a month :)

  35. Anonymous says:

    weird question…there is someone in my house that can’t live without NASCAR and Wrestling….where can we watch that without cable?

  36. Anonymous says:

    weird question…there is someone in my house that can’t live without NASCAR and Wrestling….where can we watch that without cable?

  37. Anonymous says:

    weird question…there is someone in my house that can’t live without NASCAR and Wrestling….where can we watch that without cable?

    • Anonymous says:

      I cannot afford cable anymore, and the one thing I hate about the weekends is not being able to watch Nascar! At least football is back, so gives me something, but Nascar is my #1 LOVE JJ!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking of doing the same thing! Hulu + Netflix instead of Cable. Awesome!

  39. Anonymous says:

    We had cable, Netflix, and a Tivo subscription. Now, we just use Hulu plus and Netflix. The only TV shows we can’t watch with these are CBS shows. BUT, we went and bought a pair of rabbit ears (for HDTV, obviously) for a one time cost of $14, and now we get all the major networks too. We just make it a point to watch our CBS shows when they are on, and the other shows are there for later. We went from like $80 a month to $20.

    Also, if you don’t have a Wii or PS3 (and don’t want one), there is this little box thing called a Roku that can get Netflix and Hulu plus for a one time cost of the unit ($80).

    For us, so far so good. We don’t feel like we are missing anything:)

  40. Anonymous says:

    We have Comcast (who we don’t love but are included in our HOA fees), Netflix (Streaming and home delivery) AND Blockbuster (home delivery with store switchout)
    Not if we trimmed some fat, we could save quite a bit, but we’d be paying for comcast regardless of if we use it

  41. Anonymous says:

    Interesting time to post this, as many people along the East Coast were/are glued to the Weather Channel for information regarding Hurricane Irene. Weather Channel is something you wouldn’t be able to get through one of the alternatives to cable…

    • Anonymous says:

      I have the weather channel on my computer. It loads as soon as I log on and keeps a running temp in the bottom right of my desktop.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I downgraded to the bare minimum Comcast cable package (which is about 30 channels – my house isn’t in a good reception area for TV over the air…even with a good digital antenna) and picked up a TiVo Premiere box (I got the TiVo box for $100 and the service is 19.99 a month). I have Netflix Streaming only ($8 a month). The basic cable package and internet service is about $80 a month. You can download free software from TiVo that will let you load recorded programs from your TiVo box to your computer. I also have a relatively new laptop with a nice big screen (17″).

    Since I am saving about $70 a month (I used to have Dish Network and two Dish DVRs), I picked up a new flat screen TV for my bedroom which has several HDMI ports in addition to a coax port (in order to plug the cable directly into the TV, I had to get one with a coax port). Now I can watch Netflix, recorded TiVo programs, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, and YouTube not only on my TiVo box in the living room, I can also watch it from my laptop anywhere. Since the flatscreen TV has an HDMI port, I can connect it directly to my laptop and use it a second monitor and stream shows there as well (in addition to watching DVDs). You can also get a TV card for pretty much any new laptop that you purchase now.

    Amazon usually runs specials at least every other day on 0.99 or 1.99 movie rentals. Once you download it to either your computer or TiVo, you have 30 days to watch it (and, once you start watching it, you have 24 hours to finish watching it). If you subscribe to their Twitter feed (@AmazonVideo), they will tweet when they run those specials.

    As far as kids, I have a precocious six year old that has adjusted to his new TV world quite well. He has a Wii so he can stream Netflix in his playroom and, when he flips thru the channels at night in my bedroom after his bath and is dismayed at the lack of kid-friendly TV options, he turns off the TV and does something else (read, play a game, color, chase the cats, etc).

    As my mother is fond of saying, “When you were a little girl, there were no VCRs or DVRs. There was no cable and Sesame Street only came on once a day.”

  43. Anonymous says:

    I downgraded to the bare minimum Comcast cable package (which is about 30 channels – my house isn’t in a good reception area for TV over the air…even with a good digital antenna) and picked up a TiVo Premiere box (I got the TiVo box for $100 and the service is 19.99 a month). I have Netflix Streaming only ($8 a month). The basic cable package and internet service is about $80 a month. You can download free software from TiVo that will let you load recorded programs from your TiVo box to your computer. I also have a relatively new laptop with a nice big screen (17″).

    Since I am saving about $70 a month (I used to have Dish Network and two Dish DVRs), I picked up a new flat screen TV for my bedroom which has several HDMI ports in addition to a coax port (in order to plug the cable directly into the TV, I had to get one with a coax port). Now I can watch Netflix, recorded TiVo programs, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, and YouTube not only on my TiVo box in the living room, I can also watch it from my laptop anywhere. Since the flatscreen TV has an HDMI port, I can connect it directly to my laptop and use it a second monitor and stream shows there as well (in addition to watching DVDs). You can also get a TV card for pretty much any new laptop that you purchase now.

    Amazon usually runs specials at least every other day on 0.99 or 1.99 movie rentals. Once you download it to either your computer or TiVo, you have 30 days to watch it (and, once you start watching it, you have 24 hours to finish watching it). If you subscribe to their Twitter feed (@AmazonVideo), they will tweet when they run those specials.

    As far as kids, I have a precocious six year old that has adjusted to his new TV world quite well. He has a Wii so he can stream Netflix in his playroom and, when he flips thru the channels at night in my bedroom after his bath and is dismayed at the lack of kid-friendly TV options, he turns off the TV and does something else (read, play a game, color, chase the cats, etc).

    As my mother is fond of saying, “When you were a little girl, there were no VCRs or DVRs. There was no cable and Sesame Street only came on once a day.”

  44. Heather Miller says:

    We have directtv. I actually have the bills pulled out to come up with a solution. We are paying comcast 70 a month for cable internet and Direct tv 100 bucks…..yep 170 a MONTH! but we love having directtv and dvr…..

  45. If you get TIVO, which initially cost $100 for the box and then is $12 monthly subscription, you can watch, HULU, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster and Youtube on the tv (just have to be able to connect the tv to your internet). We got a free 6 mos subscription to HULU Plus for free when we bought the box.You can also listen to music from Pandora, Rahpsody and Music Choice! Plus, you still have the wonderfulness of recording tv shows!!! My husband and I canceled our Direct TV a few months ago and haven’t looked back since!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    We have done the same thing.. Cancelled comcast and now we have netflex and hulu plus.. I love it.. I dont feel tied to my Tv or have to be there at 8 to watch an show. I can watch them anytime and anywhere.. I love it and I love saving $140.00 a month on cable service.. LOVE IT>.

  47. Anonymous says:

    We have done the same thing.. Cancelled comcast and now we have netflex and hulu plus.. I love it.. I dont feel tied to my Tv or have to be there at 8 to watch an show. I can watch them anytime and anywhere.. I love it and I love saving $140.00 a month on cable service.. LOVE IT>.

  48. j johnson says:

    Don’t forget some public libraries also carry DVDs to borrow.

  49. I just use antenna at my place. Useful when you watch the news. My mom has Netflix subscription so we just share her log in to watch it from my apt. Hulu is awesome for the few shows that I can’t live without. So basically I don’t spend a thing on entertainment.. except internet. lol

  50. Terra Washburn says:

    Okay you really have me thinking now! I cringe everytime I get my cable/internet bill…I’m thinking I might just do it…

  51. Terra Washburn says:

    Okay you really have me thinking now! I cringe everytime I get my cable/internet bill…I’m thinking I might just do it…

  52. Amy Rolle says:

    I just canceled my DirecTV service over a month ago as well. I did it for two reasons… first DirecTV pushed me to it! We had a storm knock down a tree which in turned knocked down my satellite dish. DirecTV said they would be out in 2 weeks to fix it. I’d been a customer with them for over 5 years and 2 weeks was the best they could offer.

    Well during this 2 weeks, I had a lot of “thinkin time” and decided we really could live without it. My 5 y/o daughter only watches PBS (Curious George, Sid the Science Kid) and we can buy DVDs of those and she doesn’t care if she watches the same show 1000 times over and I work from home and am too busy working to watch TV so I called DirecTV and canceled. As I thought they would, DirecTV just happened to have a cancellation and would have someone available to fix my dish in 2 days. Nope, sorry, too late.

    The second reason I canceled is I’m a single mom whose ex-husband has decided to stop helping financially support our daughter so bills are tight. This will save me $100 a month – $1200 a year!

    I am going to get a Wii to run Netflix through. Thanks DirecTV for ripping the Band-Aid off for me!

  53. Amy Rolle says:

    I just canceled my DirecTV service over a month ago as well. I did it for two reasons… first DirecTV pushed me to it! We had a storm knock down a tree which in turned knocked down my satellite dish. DirecTV said they would be out in 2 weeks to fix it. I’d been a customer with them for over 5 years and 2 weeks was the best they could offer.

    Well during this 2 weeks, I had a lot of “thinkin time” and decided we really could live without it. My 5 y/o daughter only watches PBS (Curious George, Sid the Science Kid) and we can buy DVDs of those and she doesn’t care if she watches the same show 1000 times over and I work from home and am too busy working to watch TV so I called DirecTV and canceled. As I thought they would, DirecTV just happened to have a cancellation and would have someone available to fix my dish in 2 days. Nope, sorry, too late.

    The second reason I canceled is I’m a single mom whose ex-husband has decided to stop helping financially support our daughter so bills are tight. This will save me $100 a month – $1200 a year!

    I am going to get a Wii to run Netflix through. Thanks DirecTV for ripping the Band-Aid off for me!

  54. Anonymous says:

    If you have a ps3 I’m pretty sure they have a sports channel you can subscribe too. It might be worth checking into for you.

    • Anonymous says:

      You can now get Sunday Ticket through your PS3 – it still costs $340, but you don’t need the rest of the Direct TV…

  55. Anonymous says:

    We have just made the plunge to go without cable also. Except for a couple weeks when moved from KY to SC I’ve never been without cable either. I worried about my 2 kids missing their fave shows and how going without cable would affect them. After skimming through the variety of japenese anime on hulu plus and netflix my 12 year old son said he would give up cable for that any day. My 7 year old daughter is thrilled with all the mermaid and princess shows on netflix.

    Our cable is still on for the next two weeks, but frankly it’s only been used mabye 3 days in the last week since we decided to try the free trials. We are paying $130 a month for satelite and only watching maybe 5 channels. We will be paying less than $20 a month now. I’m also on swagbucks racking up all the pts I can so I can order a roku for mine and my husband’s bedroom since we are using game consoles for the living room and our son’s room.

    I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but so far we have no complaints whatsoever.

  56. Lisa W says:

    My biggest problem is the REMOTE. With 3 year olds- I am constantly having to rewind the last few seconds. Netflix has to re-buffer/reload. By the time I’m back to where I want to be, they’ve screamed and I miss it again. Any solutions to give the “instant playback” feature on the DirectTV remote?

  57. Anonymous says:

    I just had to do an update online with my ps3 and noticed now that it has HULU PLUS as an option. I didn’t know what it was, so I didn’t mess with downloading it. But now I do, and I have looked it up and they have sent me something to watch Hulu Plus for free for one month. So I think I will try it, it already looks pretty interesting to me. Thanks for posting it!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Now save $180 more and cancel netflix. Imagine all you could get done without tv! We only have antenna tv which gives us about 18 local channels for get this….FREE! I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything and since there’s less on tv I’m not glued to the couch.

    • I think everyone here realizes they could save more by not watching any TV that you have to pay for. Is it really necessary to post a holier than thou comment like that? Some of us just like our TV shows. Is that okay?

    • I think everyone here realizes they could save more by not watching any TV that you have to pay for. Is it really necessary to post a holier than thou comment like that? Some of us just like our TV shows. Is that okay?

  59. dianeisholm says:

    I went to cancel my Dish Network and they offered me a mini plan for $9.95 a month. It has my favorites, TCL, HGTV, Food, and I prefer it over Netflix which I cancelled.(no kids)
    If you cancel your Comcast TV, your internet rate will go up, but it still might be worth it. I bundle my internet and phone with Comcast, and get $9.95 Dish.

  60. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering if anybody knows of a site that I can get sports and local sports games without paying anything or not much. If I could find this then my husband will get rid of cable. Mainly, I’m looking for the local sports broadcast.

    For others, you might want to check out Roku, my cousin loves hers. You might want to also check out Boxee, getting an antennae for getting free channels and HD channels for free (check online to see what channels you can get where you live), Apple TV, Pandora (music), HDhomerun, ElGato EyeTV One, and there might be other options out there. I would suggest just researching it on the internet.

    Also, sometimes bundling might be not much more depending on how much you pay for internet or internet and phone.

    There are options for not paying for a home phone. Ooma, MagicJack, and cell phone come to mind. For cell phones pay as you go like Trac phones could be affordable or depending on who is your carrier maybe adding others to your plan might help make the cost more affordable by divving up the basic charge and taxes and then each individually paying for the specific services you want like data and/or text. Ooma you just pay an upfront cost of the box and then pay the phone taxes and MagicJack you pay for the upfront cost of buying the Jack, but I can’t remember if you also pay taxes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go on youtube and find out about getting free local channels in HD. You an buy or build an HD antenna and then depending on where you live and where you put it in your house, you will get free local channels. We built one and put it in the attic and we get 30 channels. The other nice thing is no snow. You either get the channel or you don’t. There is a website where you can put in your address and it will tell you which way to face your antenna for maximum channels.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I’ve already checked that out. You also don’t necessarily need to build one. Especially if you have no idea about the stuff. Costco has some for I think around $100 or so. Unfortunately, where I live I don’t get as many shows. If I lived next to a big city I would.

    • Dark Nebula says:

      My husband is a huge 49′s fan, but we live in Chicago, so we can’t get any of the games. My husband has said that supposedly, Stream Direct Movies allows you to watch all kinds of sports. I thought that there was some kind of deal with the FCC & the NFL that only they are allowed to show the games, so I find this a little fishy. They do offer a nice chunk of programming for around $44.00 a year. And they do offer a trial, so I may try it out. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this company, so I’m not sure if it’s really worth it. Anyone else heard of Stream Direct Movies?

  61. I agree that Hulu+ is a fantastic bargain; but like one user said above, the “sports” is the issue. Many of the games are not on local TV, and I just couldn’t bear it if I had to miss a Pats or Red Sox game! :)

  62. I agree that Hulu+ is a fantastic bargain; but like one user said above, the “sports” is the issue. Many of the games are not on local TV, and I just couldn’t bear it if I had to miss a Pats or Red Sox game! :)

  63. Jennifer Duggan says:

    We also cancelled cable in February and we have done fine without it. We stream to the Wii using Netflix and love it. We also bought a $40 RCA antenna box at Walmart and we get about 20 local channel for free…in HD. The network channels…ABC, Fox, NBC ect. all come in HD because they are broadcasted in HD and we have an HD television. The antenna box is approx 7″x8″ and only 1/2 inch thick and is black. It sits on top of my entertainment cabinet and is barely visable. Works wonderfully!! Another idea if you do not have a Wii or Xbox, you can buy a Roku box for $60 instead and it will stream Netflix, Hulu or whatever you need streamed for much cheaper then a gaming system.

    • Amy Rolle says:

      Wow! Thanks for this info Jennifer! I didn’t know about the Roku box. I’m going to check into that as I was going to get a Wii just for Netflix but now I see I won’t have to. :o)

  64. We did the same thing. We are currently paying for two homes and had to cut back anywhere we could. Cable was it. We actually save $90 a month. Thank you for letting me know about Amazon. I didn’t know that and we have it on our blue ray. HAHA. BTW our kids have done great with no cable. They are 20, 12 and 4

  65. AmyH says:

    I have a bundle thing with Comcast. So if I were to try this, would I keep the Comcast internet, or go through someone else. I have never priced just internet through comast. Just curious….

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not sure about your area, or if this even pertains to you, but just wanted to put it out for everyone to know. Where I live my kids just started back to school, and one of the fliers they brought home was from Comcast. It stated that anyone who had kids eligible for free or reduced meals in school could sign up for a deal they have for $10/month for Comcast Infinity Internet,no monthly maintenance or rental fees for equipment, and they could also buy a computer for $150. Not sure if the computer was a laptop or desktop, it didn’t say, but the pic was a laptop. I thought that would be a great deal for anyone! And it said the offer does not expire, so if anyone gets into that situation sometime down the road, it might be something to look into.

    • We ditched Comcast internet because they *require* you to ALSO HAVE CABLE. I despise Comcast. We switched to Clear (wireless internet), and we have saved a lot, and their customer service is much better than Comcast.

  66. I wish but my husband is all about watching sports…and the games he is after are rarely on local broadcast

  67. Rebecca Miller says:

    Did you have $40 extra AFTER spending on Netflix? Or did you really just have $25 extra?

  68. Debra Howard says:

    I wish I could talk my husband into doing this. We are so in debt and it would be great to cut this cost quite a bit. (We have DirectTV. We pay at least $45/mo)

    But my husband is only home 2 days a wk and he lives on certain shows and I don’t see them on the Hulu Plus list. He is not one to sacrifice, either!

    Good for you, tho. It must be wonderful saving that money each mo.!

  69. Debra Howard says:

    I wish I could talk my husband into doing this. We are so in debt and it would be great to cut this cost quite a bit. (We have DirectTV. We pay at least $45/mo)

    But my husband is only home 2 days a wk and he lives on certain shows and I don’t see them on the Hulu Plus list. He is not one to sacrifice, either!

    Good for you, tho. It must be wonderful saving that money each mo.!

  70. Stacie, thanks for the info, but would this work with children in the house? I have a 9 & 11yr olds and they watch a lot of disney & nick. Just wondering.
    Thanks
    Jenn

  71. Stacie, thanks for the info, but would this work with children in the house? I have a 9 & 11yr olds and they watch a lot of disney & nick. Just wondering.
    Thanks
    Jenn

    • mchaveztex says:

      I have a 5, 9, and 10 yr old and they love Netflix. We just turned off our cable to because they weren’t really even watching it anymore now that we have Netflix. Lots of great kids shows and movies.

    • mchaveztex says:

      I have a 5, 9, and 10 yr old and they love Netflix. We just turned off our cable to because they weren’t really even watching it anymore now that we have Netflix. Lots of great kids shows and movies.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, yes it does!! My kids are 4,6,7 and 12 and they watch all of their NICK and Disney shows. Even better, they get to choose which ones they want to watch. And there are a lot of them to choose from!

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, yes it does!! My kids are 4,6,7 and 12 and they watch all of their NICK and Disney shows. Even better, they get to choose which ones they want to watch. And there are a lot of them to choose from!

    • Patty Wall says:

      There is a ton of stuff on Netflix for children! Also if you get a antenna you will be able to still have channel 2 to 13 FREE

  72. Julie Thorpe says:

    This post could not have come at a better time! My husband and I just cancelled our cable and I will admit that I’m already starting to go through the withdrawal. Thanks for the options!