Cut the Cord

So many people claim that they want to save money and they’re willing to do anything to make that happen… but are they truly willing to make a sacrifice? I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine that decided to cut the cord. The cable cord, that is. She was dedicated to finding ways to save-save-save in 2011, and this was one of the ways she could make that happen. When I got to thinking about it, this person is actually one of three people in my small circle of friends who has pulled the plug.

Let’s break it down, Hammer Time. Maybe not Hammer time – we’ll just break it down.

The Internet Is King. All of the big broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, ABC) as well as some of the cable networks air their TV shows online. For FREE. Worried about missing an episode of Jersey Shore? (Heavens no!) Have no fear, MTV is here.  Hulu also offers all sorts of television shows, movies and clips for free. Need your sports fix? Try Espn.go.com.

Free is good, right? Well sometimes for just a little bit more, you can get A LOT more! For $7.99 per month, you can sign up for Hulu Plus. This program allows you access to every episode of a show’s current season (just be sure to go check the index of available shows to make sure your favorites are there!). This particular route is especially appealing to you tech savvy folks out there, since you can actually stream the shows on your TV, computer, mobile phone and tablets.

Hulu’s revival is NetFlix. For $7.99 you can stream an unlimited amount of TV shows and movies from the company’s on-demand video-streaming library. You can even access these through your gaming consoles, such as the PS3, Wii and X Box. My husband and I decided to upgrade to the $9.99 plan, which allows us to order one DVD at a time, exchanging it as often as we want without any worries of late charges. We love it!

And, for you baseball junkies out there, check out MLB.tv. For a mere $100 a year, you can stream nearly every major league game (with some exceptions). You can watch live or on-demand.

Can’t find the show you’re looking for? You can usually BUY episodes through iTunes! I learned this the hard way when I accidently deleted one episode of Sons of Anarchy. $1.99 and 53 minutes later, I had watched the episode, in HD no less, thrilled with my purchase.

So think about how much you currently pay for cable television. Look at all of the options above. Cutting the cable cord has never looked so appealing!

Tell us below, how much do you rake out each month for the cable portion of your bill? Would you be willing to cut the cord to save some dough?