Is it time to break up with your cable company?
In an effort to pay off debt and/or start saving more money, many people are looking for ways to cut back on their expenses. Are you one of these people?
When my husband and I were trying to pay off our credit card debt a few years back, one of the first things that people suggested we get rid of was cable TV. The thought had never even crossed our minds because – what are we supposed to do if we can’t watch TV?!
Ahhh, how times have changed.
Breaking up with your cable company is one of the first suggestions I give to those that ask me how they slash their expenses. Cable TV such an unnecessary luxury that so many people think is a need, when it’s really just a want.
The difference between needs and wants is that one of them is crucial for survival (housing, food, clothing), while the other is not (cable TV, eating out, the latest gaming system).
Although there are many areas of your budget that you can cut back on, take a good hard look at your cable bill first. Do you REALLY need to be paying that bill every month, or can you say goodbye to cable TV?
If you’re ready to let it go, prepare yourself for a fight from your cable company. They make lots of money off of you and will not be happy to hear you say that you no longer want to give it to them. They will likely try to entice you with free gifts, lower bills (for a limited time) and things of that nature. Stand your ground and don’t let them change your mind.
I encourage you to take a look at these 10 legal alternatives to costly cable. There are so many ways for you to watch the shows you enjoy for FREE (or very little money). Don’t give your cash to the cable company, where you will be paying for a handful of shows you do like and dozens (or more!) of shows that you don’t.