I don’t have cable at home. I haven’t had cable at home for over a year. Yes, I am still alive. So why’d I do it?
Initially the local cable company was going to jack up the price $12 per month (or something very close to that). I wasn’t getting any additional features but they were going to increase the price by 15%??? So I took my cable box to them and told them ‘thanks, but no thanks’. I had visions of replacing the local cable with DirecTV so that I could watch every football game under the sun. But that didn’t go quite as planned because there was no place for them to install the dish and I could not have them drill holes through the walls. So when football came along I searched the internet and found places that offered me the ability to watch football online. Now that basketball season is in full swing, I am also able to watch more games online then I ever would on cable (unless I ordered a special package). Throw into the mix that I can watch all the major networks, ESPN, ESPN2, and literally over 100 more channels online for free and now I have to ask you… WHY ARE YOU PAYING FOR CABLE? There are also places to watch movies online up the wazoo. I could literally watch almost anything I ever wanted to online. And if you have a newer TV and can connect your computer to your TV, then double the pleasure and double the fun! So cable was running me $70/month (and they wanted to raise it to around $82/month) for the package that was one step above the absolute basic (yes, I know, what a freaking rip-off). So I am saving myself $70/month x 12 months = $840/year. If you wanted to, you could take that $70/month, put it aside, and at the end of a year you can buy a brand new 42 or 50 inch Plasma TV and connect your computer to that and it’s like you got it for free (sort of) or go on a nice 7 day cruise to a tropical location. And, I also have noticed my productivity at home has gone up substantially… UsedShoe.com is a result of my increased productivity . I still watch the shows that I want to watch, but I no longer sit there with the remote flipping through the channels and watching random nonsense. So if you feel like making a change I’m throwing this idea out there for ya… dump cable and be happy! ~