So there are a ton of posts going around about cutting the cord, and whether cable is better than satellite. And while I agree with with most of the points in the posts, I still chose to keep my cable package.
I know that saying that is a taboo in the PF community, but let me assure that I have my ducks mostly in a row. I have a budget for everything, I invest in properties, I have my student loans, car loans, and credit card balances paid for, and I’ve even taken care of my estate planning. That’s what being a finance writer makes you do! So I’m not going into debt any further, and no one can find a better way for me to spend my money than I am right now. Heck, I have 5 side hustles!
Anyway, there are tons of reason for cutting the cords. You can find most of the shows online, or cable is too expensive are 2 arguments that most people make and I think both are valid points, not necessary true for everyone.
But here are my reasons for keeping my cable services:
I like local news:
One of the biggest things about satellite for me was not being able to watch my local news when I wanted to. I like in city of 200,000 people and small news is far more entertaining and relevant to me. I also am a National News junkie, which is odd since I tend to hear everything from being on Twitter all day.
Cheaper in my bundle:
You may or may not have read my post on how to barter with your utility companies, but I am pretty good at that, so when they think they’re locking in mine for 2 years, I ask them for things like 60% of my cable services and free channels. I’m paying around $35/month for cable and that includes HBO and my HDPVR. Skills, I tell you!
Too lazy to wait for things to be downloaded:
Yeah, you read that right. I tend to go out to a ton of events on behalf of Chic Darling, and I tend to get home relatively late so I end up missing most of my shows. Do I really want to sit there and download things and slow my laptop down? No! I have the shows recorded on my PVR and I settle in with my laptop to catch up on my shows and unwind.
Even though I get my internet and cable from the same provider, I tend to see discrepancies in the services provided. My cable, which is not affected by the weather, never goes out, while my modem needs to be reset every 3 days or so. Odd, right? Also, most shows aren’t available online in Canada. That part sucks.
I use it for background noise:
Yep, you read that right! I like having having the TV on while I work. You’d be surprised at how many episodes of Criminal minds I watch in a week.
What about you? Do you still pay for cable?