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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

jenakle ·
The best thing about streaming sites is the ability to switch or cancel with a button click. We typically hop between services depending on the season. HBO for GoT, Philio for Walking Dead and Doctor Who, currently using Starz for Outlander and American Gods. Hulu and Netflix rotate in and out too, but my son grabbed a great student deal for Hulu and Spotify so we share that one with him. With a $55.75 internet only from CenturyLink and a couple of streaming sites we are still under any...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

de1 ·
I will have to check these sites out, just got a new place and would love not to spend tons of money on cable... if anyone has more recommendations I'd love to hear!
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Isabel ·
I looked into Cobblecord, and although a good service, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I cut the cord a couple years ago and save about $150 a month of cable. I find that I'm good with an HD antenna, Netflix and Sling, while streaming Fox News on Youtube gives me most of what I want to watch. Sling $25.00 and Netflix $9.00. If I want to watch HBO or Showtime on any given month, I sign up via Amazon Prime and you can cancel at the click of a button (which also has movies) or...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Lisa A Bean ·
Just do Hulu for $7.99 a month less stress budget ur pocket..cable is pretty much out. Nextflix Hulu ,etc are taking over
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Michele Bain ·
How do I get to the article to read it ? When I click on it , it just takes me to the comments. Thanks
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

KimK ·
3 months ago we switched from $120 DirecTV to $40 YouTube TV. We get all our locals; FOX News, CNN, etc; all ESPN channels, MLB, Big 10 Network, 4 FOX Sports networks; Freeform; TNT; plus numerous other channels. Only channels we are missing are HGTV and The Weather Channel. Saving $70 per month is awesome!
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Theodora ·
@Michele Bain https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/life/cut-the-cord/
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Isabel ·
UPDATE: So I canceled Sling because it's missing FOX news. I instead am trying Hulu Plus Live TV and I am very pleased with it. It has movies, Live TV, and much more. It has every channel I like to watch. So Hulu plus LiveTV $39.99 (going up $4.99 in February) and Netflix $8.99 pretty much sums it up. I also believe Hulu gives you recording and pause, fast forward, etc. I may not keep Netflix because Hulu gives me pretty much all I want. No contract. So even at $55.00 I'm good and I won't be...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Savvy Susie ·
Netflix allows up to 5 users on one account. Consider sharing the account (and the cost). Pretty much the same with Amazon Prime. Plus free streaming TV--Pluto TV comes to the top of my mind--is totally free and provides some interesting content. You can also watch a tremendous amount of content on YouTube's streaming app. At Christmas I was surprised to find that my favorite holiday movie (Scrooge, 1970, starring Albert Finney) is available on many streaming services for a fee, but free all...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Former Member ·
How much do you actually end up saving from month to month, though? I feel like cable companies are getting smart and raising their internet-only bundles so high that it's almost not worth canceling cable. Thoughts? Does anyone save a significant amount of money?
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

KimK ·
Erin M - we are saving about $80 per month by dropping DirecTV ($120/month) and adding YouTube TV ($40/month). No commitments; there's unlimited recording; you can pause, fast-forward, rewind; have 5 different accounts for $40; and we get almost every channel we got with DirecTV (to name a few: all locals, FOX News, CNN, all ESPN channels, Big 10 Network, FOX Sports channels, NFL, MLB, Freeform, TNT, numerous others). Three channels we don't get are Weather Channel, History, and HGTV; but to...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Former Member ·
But then you still have to pay for internet, right? The cable companies want to charge so much for only internet. It is the only reason I haven't cut the cord yet!
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Virginia J ·
Yes, you still need internet and unfortunately, you're right, many cable companies are either raising the rate of internet only plans, or pricing the video/internet bundle so competitively (to slow video sub declines) that they make it an offer you can't refuse -- that is, until the promotional rate ends -- and it always ends. You should shop around for other internet only packages in your area. Many times, there are smaller companies that offer internet-only services at competitive prices...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Isabel ·
UPDATE: I am extremely happy with HULU Plus with Live TV. I get the news channels I like to watch plus Live TV and can watch on any cell, TV, Tablet, computer I own. It's $49.99 for everything I want and like to watch instead of getting 50 million channels I don't care for. Yes, I pay for internet on the side $70 promotion for a year for fiber optics and yes it's very fast. After the promo is done I think it goes up to $80 or $90 which I will then go with a lower service. I really don't need...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Isabel ·
Update: Love Hulu Plus Live TV ($49.99) (I get all news channels, plus a plethora of must watch channels, i.e., HGTV, H, ID, FX, Nat Geo, TNT just to name a few. Still have Netflix ($8.99), but not too happy with the movies on there, so I will probably cancel it. Love Amazon Prime for the obvious reasons ($10.00) and ATT fiber optics internet for $70.00 promo 1 yr. After promo I believe it will go up to $80/$90 which I will then maybe go to a lower fast internet. Unless you have a home...
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Re: Where Else Can I Cut Expenses?

Theodora ·
Welcome to the community, Jeff! I hear you! You are on the right track for sure. I just cut the cord with cable and switched to Sling (got a free Roku as part of a sign-up offer). Check them out -- it will drastically cut your costs and you'll get much better programming. I'm also looking at making changes for my cellular service. I've heard great things from co-workers about Straight Talk. This article also is a great resource to consult -- lots of creative ideas and services to help!
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Re: Where Else Can I Cut Expenses?

Mexpensive ·
I would find a new cell Phone service. I use Consumer Cellular.I pay 55 a month for 2 lines. Then ditch the landline.I would then cut the cord for your TV . I still use them for my internet. I use an antenna and stream Hulu and use my Amazon for streaming . Get a Ruko for that set it up to your TV you are good to go. I would then shop around for your insurance needs. This can be done on the internet.There is also lots of free streaming channels to choose from.
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Re: The FAQ UnCertainity

Ashlee ·
I personally cut the cord and only use Youtube TV and Hulu vs traditional cable. I am very curious to hear everyone's opinions on Disney+.
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Re: Subscriptions

Katie Pellicano Leslie ·
I don't subscribe to much as I feel it's a waste of money in the long haul. We cut the cable cord a year ago and have streaming with atnt. Love it with our roku's, no extra boxes etc.our internet plan gives us a basic cable box which is nice for some local channels atnt streaming doesn't have yet. All monthly charges no contracts.
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How To Fly High With Wi-Fi ... (for less)

Men On A Budget ·
I cut $20 a month off my high speed internet costs, one of many routine costs that I lowered from just a fifteen minute telephone call. But, wait... there's more!!! I was also able to boost my speed from 60 mbps to 100 mbps. Can you? Why not find out??? Below to a link to Broadband Now, a search tool that will let you find the available internet service providers in your area. Keep in mind that it's important to consider the speeds along with the pricing so that you are comparing apples to...
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My Money Saving Gadget

RdScribe ·
Frustration with the price of a new Verizon Smart Phone to replace my old faltering phone led me back to TracFone, the provider of my old emergency flip phone. TracFone was running a special on a Samsung Crow J7 with a larger screen then my previous phone for less then $100.00! This beats the $1000.00 and up I was quoted by Verizon. TracFone also beat the $150.00/monthly bill that would have gone to $200.00/month with a new phone purchase via Verizon. Credit on the new phone was also given...
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Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Virginia J ·
Just read the 'Cut the Cord' article by Kelly Gurnett on Penny Hoarder today. It's very true that people are spending at least $1200 per year on cable and hate the fact that they are forced to pay for channels they don't want and don't watch. But with 200+ streaming services out there, it’s difficult to figure out which streaming services to use. So I thought I'd pass along that there is a free website and app called CobbleCord, which helps you cobble together the best combination of both...
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Cutting the Cord

BJLEE ·
I'm looking at possibly ending my cable services in a couple of months when my contract ends. I already have Netflix and also Hulu(free through my subscription with spotify). Have any of you cut the cable cord and what other services have you used to watch your TV/movies? I've heard of Sling, HBO Go, and CBS All Access but i want to make sure i choose the right service combination that cutting the cord would be worth it financially. Thoughts?
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Re: How Do You Save Money in Retirement?

Sofie ·
Hello Gang! This site was highly recommended by my dain law. She’s learning a lot and shared with me so I decided to join. Obviously I’m new to the group but wanted say hello. I joined hoping to get financial tips so I can begin budgeting butter and start saving at least a little in case of emergencies on my limited income. This year I’m hoping to cut the cable cord. I’ve been researching the best ways to go about it. I will still need internet. If anyone has suggestions I’m all ears. I...
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Re: Cable TV, Internet & selling wardrobe.

Al biscotti ·
Sounds like a lot going on. As far as internet goes, if you go online to cordcutters.com or cord cutters news. You can find all kinds of info. They're on YouTube also. Good luck.
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Re: Advice on streaming services?

JeremyM ·
Weigh the costs before doing it. There are great options out there, but if you end up subscribing to a lot of them just to find the shows or programs you like, you may find you're paying just as much, if not more, than cable. Plus, you have to keep internet, so it's not like the cord is ever entirely cut...
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Advice on streaming services?

Gabesmom ·
Hello Everyone, I currently have TV and internet through my cable company. Internet is OK but I'm about to cut the cord with the TV. I've never used any of the streaming services and wonder if any of you had some tips or advice for me. I don't care for a lot of movies but I do enjoy some of the programs on some local stations. Thanks, June
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Re: Advice on streaming services?

Leslie Kay ·
A number of the streaming services offer a trial period before you are charged. I tried a few of them. Sling had a good variety of live news programs and regular channels as opposed to just all movies. Peacock is new from NBC and from what I have experienced is free. Philo gets high marks from consumers though I have never tried it personally. I spent the lockdown entirely streaming and actually paid very little. I only used one service at a time. There is a big portion of the same channels...
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Re: Advice on streaming services?

Big Lew ·
Hi, I have a Samsung smart tv, I only have wireless WIFI hooked up to everything. Samsung has lots of free movie channels, there app is called Samsung Plus. Also I have tons of other apps on the tv too, I only use the free services of Google, Youtube, WWE, CNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. But my favorite app is VUDU, they have over 150,000 movies and tv shows you can watch for free (with ads) or rent or buy, whatever your choosing may be. I just created an account with the above mentioned companies and...
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Re: Advice on streaming services?

sthom ·
I cut the cable cord in 2015 and never looked back. Well, I did look back--giving up HGTV was hard (but I can still watch some episodes online). I have Amazon Sticks for my TVs and at various times have subscribed to Netflix and Hulu. I also have those wall sticker-type antennas and can pick up local channels if I choose. Note: The reason I cut cable was two-fold--the costs kept going up and I was starting to downsize my budget in preparation for retirement (semi). Because I like a lot of...
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Community Announcement 8.14.20

Maryann ·
Hi everyone, Great news! On Tuesday, August 18, The Penny Hoarder’s money advice columnist @Dear Penny , aka @Robin Hartill , CFP, will join us in the community for another live forum, “ Surviving 2020: A Financial Q&A. ” Times are tough and we want to help provide support to help you weather this financial storm. Starting Tuesday, you will have the chance to have a direct conversation with Robin. The live forum will be available to community members from Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12...
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Re: Amazon Prime is it worth it or not?

Geo ·
I have prime but mainly for Prime Video. We cut the cord a couple years ago and I like a lot of the stuff available on Prime. The $12.99 per month isn't that bad compared to other streaming services plus we also get the shipping perks and other stuff as a bonus.
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

Tiffany Connors ·
We juggle our subscriptions to avoid paying for too many at once — we'll cancel Netflix for three months so we can catch up on HBO shows. But the free version of the Peacock streaming app has become a go-to for us lately.
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K Jennings ·
I haven't yet because I like the latest movies. I started watching Peacock but spend more time on Amazon and an HBO Max/ Hulu subscription. I want to cut the chord on subscriptions.
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

Will S. ·
A few subscription-based services can add up fast to be as much or more than cable. I'm not into that. For me, it's the free over-the-air channels paired with YouTube. Pluto TV is nice for some background TV noise every and-and-then, too. I personally don't pay for any TV services. Others in our household pay for Netflix and basic Hulu. And our families might have shared their passwords for things like Disney+ and HBO. 😉
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

maria rose ·
Okay, we went all streaming a few months ago, using the Apple TV connection device. You do need a good connection hence the device or deal with a lower picture pixelization and inconsistent streaming. I requested that whatever I view would not be affected by the gamer in the house use of the internet. So we had to buy 2 Apple TV devices so that both Smart TV ( one Samsung and one Sony) had clear connection plus we had to upgrade our internet modem and get a WiFi booster to have clear signals...
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

Linda A ·
My favorite is IMDb. I'm retired now and able to binge shows that I wasn't able to watch when I was working. I've watched all seasons of Parenthood, Boston Legal, and I'm watching The Office now. Some of these are also available on Prime which I've had for years. I'm paying $45/month for At&T fiber (very stable), and $20/month for Philo. No sports of local stations on there, so I have an antenna for local stations. I paid about $35.00 for the antenna from Amazon. I have Disney+ for my...
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

Thomas Martchek ·
Nice prompt - Pluto and YouTube usually catch my attention the most personally. In addition to free services, there are some cool tools out there to make splitting costs easier for the paid services. So not entirely free, but 50-80% off isn't bad either if you can find a friend to split. WellPaid ( www.getwellpaid.com/ ) as an example.
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

PiNaY ·
I like CBS News app for free news updates. My man shares his Netflix plan with me. I pay $9.99/month for Spotify + Hulu. I saved $25 on HBO Max yearly renewal with my AMEX card. My brother and I share my Amazon Prime. Verizon Wireless has free six months with Disney and Discovery, but the previously mentioned are already plenty to juggle and watch!
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reneK ·
IMDb and Tubi are my favorites.
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

lori wulff ·
I don't pay for cable service just internet. I have a Amazon fire stick that gives me access to apps, channels, and music. Much more too
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Brigat ·
We use Prime Video, Paramount+, and Pureflix.
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13 Free TV Apps

Will S. ·
13 Free TV Apps
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Re: 13 Free TV Apps

sthom ·
Amazon Prime and MHZ Choice.
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Re: Money Challenge: Reduce Your Cable and Internet Bills

PolarMoney ·
I haven't had cable in 24 years and quite frankly, I don't miss it. I don't stream either. I just use a simple converter box when I choose to watch the occasional live broadcast. I find too many people are wasting their lives away sitting in front of a screen binge watching. I choose to read instead (from the library for free of course) or pursue my own interests outside of being a zombie.
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Re: Money Challenge: Reduce Your Cable and Internet Bills

Amy_patt ·
I cut the cable back in 2011 no regrets. I like the occasional DVD and I read but I splurged and got a Roku several years ago because antenna or other airwave options didn't work out here in BFE. But there's so much free stuff on Roku why would anyone pay for cable? Also changed internet companies several months ago when I found a better rate and ended up getting big city speeds on top of it!
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Re: Money Challenge: Reduce Your Cable and Internet Bills

irishnanny ·
i live in a senior complex and the owner gets a reduce price for us so we pay less for our cable and inter net
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Re: Money Challenge: Reduce Your Cable and Internet Bills

Dear Penny ·
I haven't had cable in at least a decade, probably more. I have Netflix, Amazon Prime (with a free Disney+ subscription) and HBO Now. That's way more than I have time to watch!
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Re: Money Challenge: Reduce Your Cable and Internet Bills

Angie P. ·
This is great - my current setup is just: 1. Amazon Prime. (Reading the above comment, I didn't know this came with a free Disney+ subscription?! I have to check that out). 2. YouTube (not YouTube TV, just regular-old, free YouTube). My projector is hooked up to my FireStick which'll let me watch either Prime shows or YouTube. Mostly it is the latter. And because YouTube is nicely integrated, I can just use my phone to connect to the YouTube app playing on the projector and just use my...
 
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