How much does basic cable cost these days? Like, $45 a month? Maybe $55 a month?
Well, I actually have no idea, because I haven’t paid for cable in years. It’s not that I don’t like TV. I’m not some weird hippy communist. I love TV. But I also like spending my money on exactly what I want to spend my money on, not what the cable companies and television networks want me to spend my money on—like the Home Shopping Channel, or Lifetime. So I gave up the cathartic ability to flip through the channels and made TV-watching more work—but also a hell of a lot less money.
How’d I do it? The internet, my friends. There are so many ways to watch the television you want without paying ridiculous sums to cable companies. You have to mix and match services and figure out what’s best for you, but you can pretty much watch everything you want to watch without paying a dime to Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Rogers, Bell, or whoever you’re currently paying.
Want to learn more? Read the rest of this list. It’s a primer on how not to waste your money on TV.