Life After Cable TV

I have a love-hate…OK, it’s 99% hate relationship with Comcast and cable TV.

I negotiate with Comcast frequently (most recently saving $200 over 6 months) – and that gives me the justification (or excuse) that I need to keep paying for it. That and I’m still able to maintain an 85% personal savings rate, even with paying for cable.

Why do I do it?

I LOVE live sports. I have ever since I was a child. If it wasn’t for my love of Michigan State basketball and football, the Detroit Tigers, and the Tour de France (all are exclusively on cable), I would have ditched cable long ago, without any regrets.

The Cost of Cable

how to quit cableAccording to CNN, the average cable bill is $75 per month and has been rising by 5% annually. Over time, the impact can be mind blowing.

When I ran the numbers a month ago on the lifetime investment opportunity cost of cable, I found that it could be anywhere from ~$600K – $4.2M.

If that isn’t incentive to quit the habit, I don’t know what is.

But how does one quit? And what is life like after?

Share Your Life After Cable Story

Many have successfully quit cable. I know you’re out there.

What I, and other struggling cable addicts, would love to hear from you is:

  • How long ago did you quit?
  • Did you relapse?
  • Was withdrawal difficult?
  • What alternative forms of entertainment did you turn to?
  • What changes have you seen in yourself or your lifestyle since quitting? What is life like on the other side?

It’s OK. This is a safe place.

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