In a matter of weeks I was married and moved. It was hard making that switch from single and carefree to married and bound by new rules. One of the biggest changes was that on financial obligation. Since we were starting out fresh, no big monetary gain between either of us, we had to look at things to cut. When I was by myself, I had cable. There was no question about it, I was hooked. Every day I had my shows I would watch.
Needless to say, I almost cried when we made the decision to cut it. Where we live, we can only have one service provider and they are EXPENSIVE! So, with the decision to go without, we had to figure out a compromise. Roku was our salvation. Roku goes from basic with just streaming channels to extreme with games you can play. Since were not able to shell out the big bucks, we bought the basic one and waited excitedly for it to be shipped. Though I could buy it at Walmart, I chose to go through their website, so I was sure of which one I was getting.
Finally, the day arrived when Roku would become a part of my life. It was very easy to install, all I had to do was hook up the two Composite Audio & Video Cable and I was good to go. They have all sorts of channels to add, my favorite being Netflix. They also have Hulu plus so I can keep up on some of the current shows I cannot live without. It has been very hard doing without cable; however, with Roku and my local channels, I feel like I am not missing out on all that much.
Interestingly enough, when I bought Internet, the provider tried selling me local channels as well. I was very confused. I had an antenna, why should I have to pay? Some places offer local channels as a cable package to “ensure that you do not lose signal.” I was a little offended by that. My little antenna was doing well enough without me having to shell out even more for something else I didn’t need.
Even with all of that, I was still feeling a little bereft. This is where Redbox and my own personal movie collection came in. I found that without having cable, I was finally able to start watching the movies and shows I had already purchased but hadn’t had time to watch since I was too busy watching cable. Another way I coped was by saving up and buying whatever season I liked. What made it even better was no commercials. And, I didn’t have to wait for a week or so for the next episode.
All in all, giving up cable is hard; however, it is not impossible. If you find that cable charges are a little high for you, there are other options. Streaming video is a very popular alternative and is much easier to do now more than ever. And if no cable gets you down, watch your favorite comedy and you’ll perk right up.