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An Update on Cancelling Cable


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You may recall that I recently discovered that J and I could save ourselves somewhere in the range of $60 per month if we cancel our cable.

We are exhibiting classic symptoms of addiction at this point, because we have not yet cut the cord that provides us with our sweet, sweet entertainment fix, and yet we keep telling ourselves that we can stop any time we want to, we just don't want to, yet.

However, there has been some slight progress toward our cable-free future.

J and I did a little research into the offerings of Hulu Plus, which we can stream through our Xbox in the same way that we stream Netflix. We found that not only does Hulu Plus offer Comedy Central (meaning I don't have to end my years-long, one-sided, only slightly-obsessive relationship with Jon Stewart), but it also has FX (which means we can continue to get our fix of completely inappropriate spy-based animated comedy, aka Archer). In addition, it has AMC and a few other channels that offer really good programming that we might be inclined to watch. Cost for Hulu+: about $8 per month.

We did this research on Monday. I asked J on Tuesday if I should make the call to Comcast this week.

"No," he replied. "We can cancel any time we want to. There's no hurry."

And this, folks, is why they give you free trials.



haverwench said:

Not that I want to discourage you from making the call, but I looked up Archer on Hulu and found this: "FX Networks has decided not to stream the current season of Archer. New episodes are not available at this time.We currently don't have the rights to make this show available on your TV or mobile devices — request to be notified if it becomes available in Hulu Plus." So you might end up having to wait for each new season to come out on DVD.

On the plus side, this means that you might not have to pay even the $8 a month for Hulu Plus, since you can watch the Daily Show on the Comedy Central site for free.

March 22, 2013 8:51 AM

frugal_fun said:

LOL! I know the feeling. I make decisions that will lead us into a bright and better future....and then actually implementing them turns out to take a while. Oops. ;)

March 22, 2013 1:44 PM

frugal_fun said:

PS - If you're still looking for blogging topics, I'd try one on finding a place to park your hard earned savings.

I was deeply saddened the other day when I typed INGDirect.com and got Capital One. (We were a long time customer but closed it out because of some weird circumstances.) I can't imagine a more opposite company buying out INGDirect.com. With me being up on the financial news *cough, cough, cough*, I didn't know the buyout happened a year and a half ago. So anyway, we're not re-opening that account.

March 22, 2013 1:49 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

So many choices of where to stash your cash... A few weeks back, regular reader and commenter frugal_fun

April 15, 2013 1:28 PM

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