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Frugal Friday- Cutting the Cord on Cable

I used to love watching cable, but the truth was that I only watched about three or four channels, along with the cartoons that my kids watched almost constantly. Seven months ago we cut the cord on cable and have not looked back since. Here are some tips that made life easier for everyone while cutting the cord on cable.

Internet: Though we cut the cord on cable, but didn’t go completely off grid. We discovered that with high speed WiFi there still are many options for entertainment if you are willing to be flexible.Related image

Movies and TV**

The obvious options for movies and TV shows online are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. All of these are paid subscriptions if watching recent shows is important to you. So far we have tried to stay away from a subscription and have opted for free services such as tubitv.com and YouTube. Tubitv.com is a website that hosts older TV shows, I was surprised to find a few shows that I used to watch on cable, and many more I had never heard of. One benefit of YouTube is the variety of content available for a variety of ages. My older girls really enjoy watching educational videos, cooking videos, and cartoons. My son pretty much just watches cartoons. There are so many creative, fun, and educational videos available. I have found many options for myself for personal improvement and entertainment. My favorite type of video right now are vlogs about freezer cooking, canning, and preserving. I also enjoy videos about saving money, and home management.

News

Two of the major cable news networks like CNN, and Fox News both have online talk radio, and sometimes rebroadcast some of their regular shows online, in addition to their regular programming. There are also many other sources for news They also show a great many clips of their shows, on their websites.

DVDS- You may already have a good collection of DVDs for your family that everyone loves to watch.
Digital converter box/ or digital antenna: I have not had the opportunity to try these options, but my parents have a digital converter box, and are able to pick up three or four local channels.

Get a library card- Your local library is wonderful source of entertainment and information. In addition to their regular book collections, libraries often lend our DVDS and audio books.

Cutting the cord on cable may take some getting used to, but there are plenty of options to provide entertainment for the entire family. So cutting the cord doesnt necessarily mean going dark in the digital entertainment arena. It actually gives you many options to choose from.