But I really feel like I can force my self to readjust to life without cable. I did after all grown up in a household with no cable. The television station I grew up on was the Philadelphia Public Television affiliate, WHYY. For years, with the exception of The Cosby Show and later the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I had to ask permission to watch another channel other than WHYY. So life without cable isn't new to me.
But how much money could I possibly save if I cut the cable? I currently pay about $60 per month to my cable company. So my approximate yearly savings would be $720. Minus the fees that I will probably get charged to disconnect the cable, it's still not a bad amount of money. That money would be a nice addition to my Emergency savings or my Travel fund (I am determined to go on an International trip in 2010...). Or I could throw it at my debt.
Here are some reasons why I might go ahead and pull the plug:
- One less monthly bill and more money in my pocket.
- I miss many of the cable shows I enjoy anyway because I'm not home when they come on and refuse to pay for TiVo.
- My local library has a decent selection of films and TV shows though they are sometimes a year or two behind.
- I can fill the gap of shows I miss with Netflix (which is only about $10 with my subscription).
- I've already cut HBO (my only premium station) and so I already don't see series I like such as The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Here are some reasons why I might just let it be:
- People sometimes expect to be able to watch cable when they visit.
- I'd miss the news channels like CNN and MSNBC.
- The fee my cable company would charge me to disconnect my service.
- I'd miss special programming and series that aren't available on Netflix or some other source.
- I'd miss the Food Network and HGTV.