Three smart things to do before cutting the cord
Cutting the cord to cable can save you money. Absolutely. But going into it unprepared can be overwhelming and, if you’re not careful, could end of costing even more than you are paying now, while making it much more complicated and cumbersome to watch your favorite shows. We both agree that the process of cutting the cord to cable tv can be not just scary, but intimidating and overwhelming. One thing we have learned over the 100+ years we both have been alive (together, not individually!) is that when trying something new, wise people ask around. They find out who has already done what they want to do and pepper them with questions, learn from their mistakes and benefit from their hard-earned wisdom. To help with that both of us went out and talked to lots of people we know who are right now successfully and very happily living without traditional cable tv, Here are three of the most important tips we learned from those brave people have done cut the cord before us.
1. Dip a toe in first! You don’t have to jump in head first and submerge yourself in the complicated world of cord cutting. You could by end up buying a Roku and an Amazon Firestick, get Sling TV and YouTube TV, and find out you have more remotes than ever, are paying more, and still can’t see your favorite shows! We suggest just dipping a toe in first! Take advantage of free trials of streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix. Find out how easy they are to work, and what kind of content they have before you get rid of your existing cable service.
One way to gain some knowledge is to come back to this web page and search for the topic you are interested in. We are so excited about this topic that if you contact us through the website, we will do some research for you and publish and article that will answer your questions.
In addition to talking to normal people who have cut the cord and survived, we also go to tech stores and pepper the salespeople with questions
2. Think about what you love! We think that getting the hardware part of cutting the cord (buying a Roku versus a Firestick for example) is not as complicated as deciding which kind of streaming service you would like. Like we said in our first suggestion, take everything possible out for a test drive—try all of the free trials possible to see what meets your needs. More importantly though, is a change in how you look at programming. We suggest making a list of the shows that you love to watch. Don’t think in terms of specific channels, but rather, think about the shows you just can’t live without, or ones you watch regularly. Search for those shows on the streaming service. You may be surprised to find that many of your shows are offered on different channels and services. Also, don’t forget that you are not stuck with any one service. Most are month by month contracts. If you only want HBO to watch Game of Thrones, for example, or Hulu to watch A Handmaids Tale, consider that you can just purchase both of those services for a month. Granted, you may want to wait until the season is over and binge watch, but if the goal is to save money, paying for one month is definitely cheaper than paying for 12 months!
3. Just by the fact that you are reading this article, you are a risk taker and an early implementer. That being said, you are not the first one to cut the cord. Millions of Americans have cut the cord, and many more will follow. Be smart, ask around the office. See who has cut the cord, and learn from their triumphs, and avoid their mistakes. Want local channels? Ask what others have done to get them. Is it imperative that you watch and can record live sporting events? We’ll bet that more than one person you know already has an answer to how to make that happen.
So, by taking advantage of free trials, looking for your favorite shows instead of just favorite channels, and asking around to learn from others who have cut the cord, you are in great shape to make a wise and money-saving decision!