How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2018

Ditching cable or satellite TV for alternatives can save you hundreds of dollars and bring you more programming in the new year.

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Had it with high cable or satellite TV bills? You stand to save a lot of money in 2018 by ditching traditional TV services. Almost everything you might want to watch is now available online through streaming video services.

I got rid of cable TV almost four years ago, and I’ve found the switch to streaming video services to be well worth it.

I no longer have to buy bundled packages of cable channels to get just a few shows that I really want. I also don’t have to channel surf through reality shows, shopping channels or obscure sports on my way to the entertainment I want.

Most importantly, I saved least about $60 a month — $720 a year — by cutting the cable cord.

How I dumped cable TV

I used to have a fairly basic cable TV package with local channels.

It seemed good in the beginning, when I had a promotional rate as part of a big bundle of channels (many of which I never watched). Then the promotional period ended and my bill went up.

I decided to give up on traditional TV instead of paying more. So, I bought the following:

Then, I added the Hulu, Netflix and Amazon apps to my smart TV, and I was ready to roll.

So, now if I want to watch a show, I start up the right app and click to the right season and episode. That’s it.

Saving at least $60 per month

I was paying more than $100 a month for the cable TV package I had before switching to streaming video services.

Now, compare that with the current prices of the subscriptions I bought after the switch:

That’s a monthly total of $40.22.

To learn about how you might be able to save on cable or satellite TV without switching services, check out “Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

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