The average American household spends over $200/month on their cable bill. For most of us, that makes cable our most expensive utility. Learn how to save money with streaming by cutting the cable cord in this episode of the Fiscal Fitness Podcast.

 

Notes from the episode:

  • Guest expert (and Jaclyn’s husband) John Wise shares different options for cutting the cable cord that can save you more money than you might have thought possible.
  • Cutting the cable cord does not have to mean that you lose access to sports, local TV, or DVR. In fact, John and Jaclyn have access to all of them.
  • One of the most inexpensive ways to cut the cable cord is to install a rooftop or wall antenna, which will enable you to pick up locally broadcast channels. You can completely eliminate your cable bill by doing that.
  • A more popular option is to use a streaming device (like a FireTV Stick, Roku Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast) or a Smart TV and install/subscribe to different streaming services (like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, etc.).
  • If you’re not ready to cut the cord, we have a few other suggestions you can try to lower the cost of your cable bill.

Additional Cable-Cutting tips:

  • If you’re going to install a rooftop antenna, make sure you’re not violating any HOA restrictions in your neighborhood. You also might need to pay someone to help install it for you. 
  • When signing up for streaming services, you can cancel at any time. Pause the ones you aren’t currently using and only pay for what you’re actually watching.
  • We really like YouTube TV for an all-inclusive service because it has unlimited DVR capabilities, and you can watch your recorded shows on all of your devices. Additionally, you can have multiple user accounts so that different users can record their own shows and watch them on separate devices at the same time.

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