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Cable Conundrum

April 9th, 2016 at 10:08 pm

So we have internet for $65 a month with the only cable/internet company we have. Can you say monopoly? And we use so many GB of data averaging 200 GB we can't just use cell phones.

So right now we have amazon prime to watch and use an antenna to watch regular shows. But my kids are asking about disney jr and nick jr. They would love to watch shows. We allow 1-2 shows a day, usually one in morning and one in the afternoon before dinner. Otherwise the TV isn't on. DH and I barely have time to watch tv so we usually turn on TV maybe 1 show a night if that. DH does like to watch sports and with the antenna he's got trouble catching all channels. We have the best flat antenna out there for "cord cutters".

Anyway a friend suggested SlingTV for watching disney jr but it's $25/month. $20 for slingtv and $5 for kids package. But I can't help but wonder if it wouldn't be cheaper for us to just get a regular cable box for $25/month then we'd have local channels and stuff like TBS, USA, Disney/Nick jr etc for the same price?

We wouldn't have to worry about streaming? The question right now isn't should we spend the $25/month, because I think we're coming around to indulging the kids a little. Cost less than buying the stupid shows on amazon. But what's the most cost efficient way? My friends who are getting slingtv do it out of principal because it cost them the same as regular cable but they hate the cable company and won't give them a penny more than internet. Because I said $25/month is as much as adding cable and they said they had run the numbers and it's about the same honestly.

Thoughts? Experiences?

5 Responses to “Cable Conundrum”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Have you checked your local library for kids' DVDs? Mine carries a lot of Nick Jr and PBS kids DVDs and most of the Disney movies and they don't have commercials.

  2. Carol Says:

    Also check library "Book Sales".

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Wish I could tell you what to do. We had a large (not flat) antennae in the attic of our last home that worked well enough to avoid the cable company. We did pay nearly $50 for our internet. We now have basic cable and semi fast internet here so we can stream from Netflix and Amazon Prime...paying almost $90. We are too far from major tv stations to use an antennae, otherwise I would try to do that again.

    You might TRY sling TV first, since the cost is similar. It's easier to cancel if it doesn't work out than cable.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good points. I do use the library for movies but not tv shows. I find that they don't have very many newer but mostly older tv shows. I am on wait lists for all the old disney movies. LOL.

    We're battling about whether to do it or not. I like coming here and just thinking about something so minute and people would think I was crazy for debating.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I have just Internet for $60/month before taxes, surcharges and fees (then it's closer to $80) Mr FT is wanting cable when we move into our house. I'm looking at options ... there's several that look interesting for at least the first year. After that, then who knows what will happen. (I'm trying to talk him into doing the antennae route - to at least try it and see ... not getting too far yet.)

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