Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Year Without Cable

Save your money. You hear it all of the time when you are younger, but there comes a point in your life when you don't know how to save money because you are barely bringing enough in to pay the bills. We are fortunate enough that we have enough money to pay for the bills, but we wanted to have extra to money to actually go out and explore the city we live in (near). So what are you supposed to do? 

John and I decided that we would cut out cable then reevaluate in a year if we missed it or not. It was costing us around $120 a month that we could be spending on going to baseball games, concerts, eating out, etc.

To embark on this journey, I knew I had to give up DVRing our shows, watching whatever channel I wanted whenever I felt like it, On Demand, and rewinding. These were big and scary "give ups" for me. Call me a diva, but I need to rewind because ya girl can't hear what people are saying on tv sometimes.

So for Christmas 2016, John asked for some essentials to get us through the no cable life. We got a Roku Ultra HD and 4K, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Mohu Leaf HD Off Air Antenna. We also changed providers to get faster internet, which actually saved us about $10 a month thanks to a sign-up special. So all together it would cost someone under $200 to get setup. Luckily, John asked and received all of these devices for Christmas, so we didn't have to spend a dime on them.

I'll start with the device that I use the least, which is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. I don't really know how to get to it through our setup, so I just stay away from it. In Sayrah's terms, John uses it to stream movies and tv shows that we can't find on the Roku.

The Mohu Leaf HD Off Air Antenna is probably one of the coolest things that he received that I thought was going to be a complete dud. It was presented to me as we now have an off air antenna. In my head, that means we are going to have some grainy ass picture that constantly cuts out. Wrong. It's HD, so the picture is crystal clear. And the only time it freezes is when I knock it behind our cabinet that sits next to our tv.

The Roku is my favorite device for our cableless tv, especially if you have someone willing to share their cable provider's username and password that they use (thanks mom and dad!). As long as you have that, you are good to go with a Roku. I honestly don't know how Roku works without using someone's cable provider information. Most networks have an app or shortcut that you can download to your Roku. Once in a network's app, you can watch live tv or individual shows and movies. Each app differs on what options you can do, but I seem to find what I want. The most uncommon feature in an app is live tv. It's not one I use very often, but sometimes I just like to turn something on in the background without having to think about what I want to actually watch. My favorite apps are E!, TBS, and HGTV. We also have Netflix and YouTube downloaded to our Roku.

After a year, we are loving the no cable life. I like having extra money in our pockets each month, and I really don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I highly recommend it if you are in need of trying to find a few extra bucks each month.

Side note: Hallmark Christmas movies are extremely hard to watch on a cableless tv. There app on Roku isn't very friendly for watching them. I resorted to watching Netflix Christmas movies last year.

If you have any questions about our setup, please feel free to ask. John will be in charge of answering the questions because I'm not techy enough to know what all he did nor am I super interested. He loves this stuff, so ask away!

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