How to Ditch Your Cable

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In 2010, the average American cable bill was $75, with many people paying more than that for their television shows. As busy as most people are, that adds up to an extraordinary amount per hour for entertainment costs. If you're looking for ways to cut spending from your weekly budget, there are few easier solutions than to ditch your cable. There are free or low-cost substitutions for everything you get out of cable television. Save hundreds of dollars every year by dropping cable and finding your entertainment elsewhere.

  • Purchase a digital tuner antenna to bring broadcast television stations to your TV without the use of cable. Many of your favorite shows may be on broadcast stations, giving you the option to watch them for free.

  • Hook up a DVD recorder or a VCR to your television. Broadcast television doesn't work on your schedule, so you may have favorite shows that are inconvenient to watch. Record the shows and watch them later.

  • Investigate Hulu and other free television sites online. Many of these sites have streaming video of current television series 24 hours after they were shown on TV. If you can wait one day for your favorite show, you can do away with your television completely. Many broadcast companies, such as CBS and FOX, stream their own series to viewers on their sites.

  • Get a digital subscription to Netflix. This membership is the least expensive they offer and includes only on-demand viewing without any DVDs in the mail. You will be able to watch movies as well as entire seasons of favorite television shows, all on demand.

  • Develop other ways of passing the time when you're bored and want to relax. Watch a movie, read a book, learn a new skill or listen to a book on tape while you work on a craft. Move away from the couch-potato lifestyle and try playing sports or games. Occupy your mind and attention in other ways than television for at least part of the week.

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