Cut the Cord: Alternatives to Cable


It took me years to convince Greg to quit cable when he lived by himself in SE Texas. In the end, he only did it because he was nearly ready to move back with me. I had failed in my mission to get him to cut out that outrageous expense, but I did manage to convince him not to restart it at the new house.

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We make do with other means to get our television fix.

Currently, we use Netflix and Amazon Prime. Although we don’t live in the best area for streaming, we still get reliable service. On nights when the internet refuses to cooperate we switch to our library of dvds.

I read a post on a frugal blog where the blogger shamed people for creating dvd libraries. The blogger thought this was most un-frugal behavior. Apparently, he doesn’t live in the boonies like us.

If we lived closer to a library, we’d borrow movies, but we’ve built up quite a collection from garage sales, each dvd costing a dollar or less. That’s less than the cost for streaming it, plus we get to keep it or resell it if we get tired of it.

There are many movies we re-watch regularly. Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings, any of the Marvel or DC movies, and the classics from the 40s and 50s.

If you’re willing to give it a try, you can save a LOT of money by cutting cable. Here are a few options to try.

• Amazon Prime  (under $100 a year) Plus it has free shipping and other perks. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
• Netflix  (under $100 a year)
• Hulu  (under $100 a year)
• your local library–FREE
• DVD collection from garage sales, or trade with your friends!
• Youtube: The picture quality isn’t very good but the videos are FREE.

What movies would you watch over and over again? Do you have a DVD library?



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  1. I rarely watch TV so I could easily get rid of cable. Hubby does enjoy watching TV and since he is the “main” provider these days its a luxury I put up with, LOL. I need to have fast reliable Internet so we bundle though I wish I could get rid of the land line (can’t, need it for work). We did have a DVD library but I sold them on Amazon or whatnot over time since we rarely watched them. Now when we can we rent one from Redbox for $1.63; still a winning considering going to a movie in a theater 🙂


  2. Betty: I really dislike going to the movie theater. It’s crowded and I never know what kind of sticky stuff I’m stepping or sitting on.

    I indulge Greg when it’s one of those major blockbusters with lots of special effects, but I’d much rather wait for the dvd. Our tv is pretty nice and at least I know my floors are clean. 🙂

  3. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

    I didn’t have cable when I was single because I prefer books to TV. I did create a small library of Beatles DVDs and concert DVDs from other artists. Maybe someday I’ll have time to watch them again.

  4. We like sports too much to cut cable. We’re probably a little bit lazy, too (okay, a LOT lazy).

    We do have a DVD library. It includes movies and television series (yes, I love to re-watch my favorite series). Christmas movies get re-watched the most (since we tend to watch them every Christmas).

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