Had enough with rising cable costs? It is a HOT topic in the local mom’s Facebook group I am in.
I finally told Time Warner Cable to take a flying leap last night after they raised my cable bill again and customer retention told me the best they could do was $205 – a whopping $5 savings. For real.
Yesterday it was time to make the dreaded yearly call to the cable company to haggle about my bill. I have been very near fed up with it for quite some time. Last year when I did that, I ended up paying MORE. Unfortunately it was in the middle of NFL season and I had not learned that there are other options for cable-like tv.
I have had a year to watch the conversations on Facebook as many families decided it was time to cut the cord. As I think it over, I realized that we don’t watch tv the way we used to. Sports and locals news are the most watched programs, followed by an occasional movie. If my kids want to watch something, they stream it on an Ipad.
So why I am paying a ridiculous amount of money for something we don’t need, from a company that DOES NOT CARE about loyalty. I’ve been with them for over 20 years, and when I called customer retention they did not care at all when I told them I was ready to disconnect. They didn’t even TRY to keep me and just said “OK, bye”.
That is NOT OK with me. If a company wants to keep me, they better have good customer service and specials for a long-time customer who has never once missed a payment.
The second I hung up, I went to Amazon and ordered a modem for the internet because I’m not renting their crappy one for one more month. Tip: you don’t HAVE to rent a modem, you can buy your own! Just check that the model is compatible with your internet provider (I can’t totally ditch Time Warner because they are the only internet company I can use here)
I found the ROKU streamer that I will pick up today.
And tomorrow…I will cheerfully dump off all the equipment at the local cable office.
Yes, the new system will be different. I might miss my DVR for awhile. But it’s not worth the cost.
We will be saving well over $100 a month.
Add that up. That’s a VACATION at the end of a year.
If you are ready to cut the cord, here are some options that people around here are very happy with.
NOTE: you DO need GOOD fast internet service to do this. There isn’t a way around it. We can get up to 300 Mbps here for around $60/month and that’s what we will stick with.
We will be going with ROKU sticks for 29.99 and Playstation Vue service – you don’t even have to own a Playstation to use it!
My guys can still get their sports – even Big Ten Network thru Vue!
Sling tv https://www.sling.com/
And while I’m at it – if you want to save on cell phone bills, try out Cricket Wireless or Virgin Mobile. We buy older model Iphones and get unlimited text and data for about $30 a month per phone. Cricket Wireless has discounts when you have more than one phone thru them. The service has be awesome and I am very happy with it! Check it out and see if they have service in your area.
I hope this post was helpful and you can save some money! Please share it if you know someone who is looking to cut the cord.
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