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Oct 27, 2014

Cutting the Cord with Comcast

If you asked my friends to name someone who knows every reality TV show, I can fairly confidently say 4 out of 5 would name me. From Friday Brideday to Dance Moms, I'll be the first to admit that I've had my favorites over the years, but it's hardly a reputation to brag about. 

I wasn't always this way. Growing up I didn't have cable (I missed out on the Nickelodeon and Disney days and it was sad). Toward the end of high school my parents got cable and it was as if I had a few years to catch up on all the crap I missed out on. Fast forward a few years and you would think I would be the last person on earth to get rid of cable.

But I cut the cord. That's right, cold Turkey (well sort of).

Mostly to save money. Our Comcast bill has gone down $80/month and there are a zillion different things I would rather spend that money on (although now I justify spending money on many things by the fact that we got rid of cable, for sure the $80/month... and then some). 

I was also sick of dealing with Comcast's antics. I'm sure it isn't a shocker to anyone that Comcast is not raking in customer service awards. We were promised free HBO for two years if we signed a contract. They took HBO away after two months and wouldn't give it back. I was pretty much counting down the days until our two years were up so we could break up. Later alligator.

So how has it been? 
I can for sure say that I miss trying to keep up with the Kardashians more than they miss me, but I think it was a smart decision.

I work quite a bit at night and on the weekends (on the weekends mostly on Sundays which happen to have a great line up on E) and I would sit on the couch and watch TV as I worked. Now I feel like I am more motivated to get everything I need to done quicker and move on with enjoying more of my time outside of work.

How have I been getting by?
Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. It's actually been nice to find some series on Netflix that both me and my boyfriend enjoy (favorites have been House of Cards, The League, and Transparent). When you live together, it's nice to have something you both enjoy watching and Netflix has a lot of options.

There is one guilty pleasure I just can't go without. I was craving Million Dollar Listing LA one day and went on a hunt to find it online. If you haven't seen this show, it's a mix between House Hunters and Real Housewives, which is a hybrid made in heaven. Anyway, I discovered that you can buy an entire season before it all airs and the episodes show up in your account after they air each week. The season is $14.99 and has enough episodes for about two months with one a week. That's way less than I was paying for cable. I also find since I know I am paying for the episode, I'm more likely to get rid of the other distractions and actually enjoy it. 
I have a cheap antenna to be able to get the basic stations, but the quality is pretty terrible. I haven't  had a desire to order a new one and set it up. When the Bachelor comes back on again though that might be another story...

So should you cut the cord with cable? I vote yes! It doesn't have to be a full fledged break up, you always have the power to plug back in (but who says you'll want to).

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