Looking to tighten budgets and save money can start with figuring out ways to lower monthly bills or even cut out certain bills and services you can do without. Many families have already seen the savings from cutting out landline service and relying solely on cell phones and now a lot of us are cutting the cable cord as well.
Instead of doing without TV all together, many families are turning to internet options that can provide entertaining shows and movies for a fraction of the cost of a monthly cable bill. With the help of internet tutorials, users can connect their online accounts so that they can view movies and TV shows directly to their TV’s. A recent MarketWatch report discusses the growing trend of cutting out cable in favor of online options like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant. And the trend is definitely on the upswing as Bernstein Research reports that cable and satellite companies lost more than 670,000 customers in the quarter.
Though having access to hundreds of cable and satellite channels is something many would not want to do without, others who have managed to cut the cable cord have found the commercial free online entertainment options to be just as (if not more) satisfying. CNET reviewer, Matthew Moskovciak, recently wrote, “Sometimes the cord-cutting experience is just flat-out better than having cable. The 100% commercial-free experience (which you get on Netflix, Amazon Instant, and iTunes) particularly lends itself to high-quality cable shows like “Mad Men,” which I can’t imagine watching with commercial breaks.”
Have you cut out cable or satellite and turned to online options like Netflix in an effort to lower your monthly spending?
Do you miss cable or have you been satisfied with other ways to find entertainment?