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Find Out if You Should Stop Paying for Cable

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WHY DO THIS?


Cable ain’t cheap. And these days, it isn’t the only option. The average cable bill is $75 and is expected to grow by 5% every year. Are you watching $75 worth of cable television each month? (Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go don’t count.) Ask yourself these questions. If you answer "yes" to five or more, you'll probably save money cutting cable!

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How To:

  1. 1

    Do you get your news online?

    The internet has made the 6 PM News almost obsolete. If you get the majority of your news online, on Twitter or by word of mouth, cable may be unnecessary.

  2. 2

    Do you hate ESPN but love sports?

    Sometimes ESPN’s talk-drama-crazy mix isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you just want to cut through the crap and watch a game, there are packages you can order. NFL Game Rewind runs for $69.99 a year ($5.83/mo), and you can get the NBA League Pass for $125 a year ($10.42/mo).

  3. 3

    Is your favorite team across the country?

    That means you won’t see them on regular, local cable! Get a League Pass and watch your team win (or lose …) every single time they play.

  4. 4

    Is your budget tight?

    The money you can save by cutting cable will make finances feel a lot more comfortable. Cut cable and watch your shows on Hulu ($7.99 / month) or Netflix (also $7.99 / month) instead.

  5. 5

    Would the amount you pay for internet by itself be significantly cheaper?

    Do a little research. How much does your provider charge for internet alone? $30? Less? If the number makes your heart pitter-patter with happiness, maybe it’s time to cut cable.

  6. 6

    Can you stream your favorite shows and movies instead?

    As we said before, Netflix and Hulu both currently cost $7.99 a month. Apple TV currently runs at about $60, and you can snag a Roku for around $90. And HBO Now comes with a 7-day trial, and is 14.99 a month after that.

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