Do I Need Cable?

by Kate on December 11, 2011

in Frugal Living, Save Money, Simple Home, Simple Living

“Do I Need Cable?” has become a common question for those looking to save money these days. With the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and other TV-on-the-internet options, it’s not too difficult to imagine how people live without cable. But what about you? Do you need cable? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine whether you should get rid of cable AND those hefty fees!

1. How often do you watch TV?
I live in Los Angeles, which means I’m surrounded by people who work in the entertainment industry for whom TV-watching is a part of the job description. For them, ditching cable may not be an option (though I know some that do it anyway). But for the rest of us, getting rid of cable could be a wise economic move. If you only watch an hour or two of TV per night, then you probably don’t need cable.

2. When do you watch TV?
Some people religiously watch certain shows and won’t miss 8pm on a Monday without a serious Medical reason. But if you never watch live TV or if you are a DVR addict, then you probably don’t need cable. Most shows’ recent episodes post to Hulu within a week, and many shows have entire seasons available on Netflix (which, yes, you have to pay for, but instant streaming is just $8 a month).

3. What else could I do with $40-100 per month or $480-$1200 per year?
Even if you love cable, when you think about how much it costs and what else you could spend the money on, you might start to love it a little less. If you have all the bells and whistles, you’re probably paying upwards of $100 per month on Cable. That’s $1200 per year. If you adore TV then by all means keep it. But if you love food and trying new restaurants, $1200 will pay for another night or two out per month! Or if you love to travel, $1200 makes for a great vacation fund! ]

You get what I’m saying here right? It’s all about weighing your options. If you adore TV and have tons of favorite shows, then go ahead and keep your cable. But don’t do what so many people do and just pay for it because it just seems like something you’re supposed to have. There are so many free entertainment options online these days that you can definitely get by without it!

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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