I love to watch tv, but I put off getting cable when I moved to my apartment. After spending a bunch of money on furniture, dishes, and other necessities, I figured that I could live without cable for a month or two. Four months later…I’m still living without cable. The crazy thing? I actually don’t miss it that much.
I have a digital tv and bought an HDTV antenna for about $25 to see what channels I could pick up for free. Surprisingly, antennas aren’t all the crazy big rabbit ears from a few years ago, but can be sleek, flat, and barely noticeable. An even bigger surprise about the antenna: it gets me 42 channels for free!
Sure, several of them are in Spanish or only show infomercials, but I’m getting really clear HD shows and not paying a cent for them. With the HDTV antenna I get all kinds of random HD signals through something called “multicasting”: for instance I get NBC WXIA-11, but also NBC Weather on 11.2 and NBC Sports on 10.5. I even get about fifteen radio stations through my tv.
Not having cable is saving me around $40 a month. Plus, with things like hulu, Netflix, movies from the library, and iTunes, I can still watch several of my favorite cable shows and movies for free or much less than the cost of having cable. I’m saving almost $500 a year on something I thought I couldn’t live without (and I’m actually enjoying it).