7 Smart Tips to Cut Off Your Cable Bill Starting This Month

CABLE TV IS EXPENSIVE and getting more so all the time. According to recent market research from Leichtman Research Group, the average monthly cable or satellite bill is now up to $107, yet 78 percent of U.S. households still pay for TV service.

While many of your monthly bills are unavoidable, cable is ultimately a luxury. Still, many of us depend on cable service to get all of our news, sports and entertainment, and cutting the cord doesn’t seem like a real option. For those who want to keep cable, read on for a few ways to lower your cable bill.

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Jane Odum - February 16, 2019

After trying to get a better deal with my company, they told me I was already getting the best deal. So I cancelled my cable, kept the internet and got the lowest package. I then got Roku and I already had the lowest Netflix plan. With this I cut my bill in half and I now see more complete series and more of what I want to see when I want to see it. I did like my Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, but I wasn’t going to pay to see one new movie a week. Sacrifices had to be made and I’m happy with it!

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[email protected] - February 18, 2019

Informative. Please do the same for internet providers.

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Mary A Gilardi - March 17, 2019

This past week I have found, after just paying my last TWC Bill, always on time, that several of my more often watched Cable channels, plus many more channels, have appeared on the screen as “____currently not available. Please try again later.” This has been going on for days–what is my status? Are there some transitions taking place? Please let me know.

Mary A Gilardi 1-414-871-9783

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Patricia Eunis - March 28, 2019

MY HUSBAND JOHN EUNIS AND I ARE HANDICAPPED SENIOR CITIZENS, AGES 71 & 78.
WE BOTH ARE ALMOST HOMEBOUND NOW AND NOT ABLE TO GET OUT AND ABOUT THE WAY WE USED TO. I CAN STILL DRIVE US TO OUR DR. APPTS AND PICK UP GROCERIES AND MEDICINES. BUT NO MORE THEATRE MOVIES OR EATING OUT, OR A ROAD TRIP, OR EVEN GO TO CHURCH. MY RESPONSE IS THIS WHY SHOULD WE BE THE ONES WHO GET PENALIZED AND HAVE TO BEG FOR A DISCOUNT ON OUR CABLE AND THEN HAVE SEVERAL CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS TELL US THERE ARE NO DISCOUNTS FOR ANYONE AT THAT POINT IN TIME. THAT IS A LIE THERE IS AN ON-GOING MONTHLY ONSLAUGHT OF SPECTRUM CABLE FLYERS MAILED OUT TO MILLIONS OF HOUSEHOLDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR SPECIALS FOR $89.95 A MONTH FOR 12 MONTHS. AS OF THE APRIL BILLING STATEMENT MY CABLE IS NOW $178.72. MY HUSBAND’S MILITARY DISCOUNT HAS BEEN REMOVED. THERE ARE NO SENIOR DISCOUNTS, YET FOR THE MILLIONS OF YOUNGER TO MIDDLE AGE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL WORKING, THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY A HIGH PRICE FOR THEIR SPORTS PACKAGE AND THEIR PREMIUM MOVIE CHANNELS.
IF I GIVE UP ANOTHER TIER LINE-UP, THEN WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUR CHRISTIAN CHANNELS WHICH GIVES US OUR SPIRITUAL CHURCH SERVICES.
SO, WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO KEEP CALLING DIFFERENT CUSTOMER SERVICE REPS AND WE GET THE SAME INFO. NO MORE DISCOUNTS. ANY MILITARY FAMILY AND ANY SENIOR (AGE 65 AND OVER) WHO IS ON LIMITED SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BEG FOR A BREAK ON THEIR CABLE BILL.
THANK YOU.

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Patricia Eunis - March 28, 2019

QUESTION #8 – PLEASE EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THAT WORKS
WHAT BRAND OF ANTENNA AND WHERE TO PURCHASE IT.
HOW HARD OR EASY IS IT FOR A SENIOR TO INSTALL IT. WHERE DOES IT HOOK-UP TO ON YOUR TELEVISION. IS THERE ANYWAY TO RECORD PROGRAMS ON THE LOCAL NETWORK CHANNELS. EXAMPLE: IF I HAVE A DR APPT, I WOULD LIKE TO RECORD MY SOAP OPERAS SO I CAN WATCH THEM LATER. DO I NEED TO HOOK UP A VCR LIKE WE USED TO DO BEFORE DVR’S. IF I USE AN ANTENNA….WILL I STILL HAVE TO PAY A MONTHLY FEE FOR A STREAMING SERVICE SUCH AS NETFLIX OR HULU? AND CAN THOSE BE RECORDED.
PLEASE ELABORATE MORE. I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO HOOK UP ANY THING TO MAKE TV PROGRAMMING A GOOD EXPERIENCE WITHOUT PAYING AN OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH FEE.
THANK YOU.

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Will Williams - March 28, 2019

I get a better picture and save$200.00 per month with my $29.00 antenna. I don’t understand why anyone continues to pay the cable companies. I pay for Netflix and nothing for Amazon. Of course I also pay $60.00 for internet service.

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JIM - May 30, 2019

I have a local antenna and AmazonPlus. Much better than 180 useless channels.

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Gail Middleton - May 30, 2019

No one needs cable and it’s astronomical costs any longer (we were held hostage). My daughter introduced us to “Amazon Firestick)..$39.95. You just plug it into any “smart’ TV’s UBS and you get free streaming from everything!…including Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Showtime, Starz, your favorite regular channels. Amazing! You can buy a “smart” TV for $99 at Best Buys or wherever and get all of this. Must have Amazon Prime, which is a no brainer in every way…all your shipping free, Alexa for any type of music, etc! Who knew!!…now you do!!
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[email protected] - May 31, 2019

Yes Altice Opti,um is truly expensive and what i am paying i am not satisfied with the service and i am tired of complaining and nothing has change i do not like to pay for service that i am not satisfy with but it happens

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Lynn Hutton - June 1, 2019

Easier said than done. l am on a tight fixed income, ((Social Security) and limited physically and have a disabled sign for my car, Given all this having online access is one of my few pleasures but keeping up with m monthly cable bill and limiting other necessities is getting more difficult. While l had no choice but to get a contract with XFINITY l may have to cancel it. If they don’t acccept or understand my financial situation that will be their problem not mine. l hope to continue with them but time will tell.

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paula - June 4, 2019

I already new all of this material. Tell me something I don’t know.

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