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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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If you have been around Southern Savers for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of ditching cable. When money is tight, cable has to go. This doesn’t mean you have to live under a rock and never watch anything though. There are a ton of alternatives – including options that let you watch sports.

Here are some of the top things you need to know if you are ready to cut the cord. Heads up: pretty much all of these options will require you to have high speed internet access which will be around $25-$40 per month for the most basic option. It can be higher or lower in some areas though.

Streaming Devices

Once the cable box is out of the house, you’ll need a new way to stream content. Here are some options (keep in mind that you’ll pay for this once vs. monthly cable payments). You can also go here to see a video breakdown.


Chromecast -$35

You can definitely find the Chromecast on sale, but even if you pay full price it’s only $35. You simply stick it into a HDMI slot on the back or side of your TV and then you can stream directly from your laptop or smart phone through your home Wi-Fi network.


Roku – $47

With the Roku, you will also need a HDMI cable. You will plug the Roku into your TV with the cable and then can stream directly from the device.  It gives you access to 2,000+ channels plus Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and more.

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HDMI Cable + Laptop – $6

If you already have a laptop with a HDMI output, all you need is a HDMI cable to stream. You’ll pull up whatever you want to watch on the laptop and connect the laptop to the TV. This is the cheapest option (if you already own the laptop), but does require the most work to get everything set up for each use. You can learn more about how to stream through a HDMI cable here.

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Smart TV – $200+

If you’re in the market for a new TV anyway, be sure to look at Smart TVs. After you connect it to Wi-Fi, you can stream directly from the TV. This is the most convenient option but also the most expensive. Keep in mind that we will see great TV deals around Black Friday.

Game Consoles

If you already own a PS3, Wii, or Xbox – you can stream from it. I wouldn’t purchase a game console just for this purpose, but if you already have one, you might as well use it.


Once you figure out how you’re going to watch content, it’s time to decide on how to access it.

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You can stream unlimited Netflix content for $7.99 per month. There are Apps for almost any streaming device you’d want to use and you can stream from the same account on up to (2) devices at once.

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Amazon Instant Watch

Amazon Instant Watch is included with Amazon Prime for no additional charge. Amazon Prime is $99 per year (which is $8.25 per month), but it also includes free 2-day shipping, Kindle Books, cloud storage, music,  and more.

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Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus is $7.99 per month and you can add on Showtime for an additional $8.99 per month. The fun thing about Hulu is that it has current TV as well as full seasons of content that have already aired.

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Sling TV

If you are having a really hard time letting go of Cable, Sling TV may be the best option for you. It’s $20 per month and allows you to watch select networks including ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, History Channel, AMC, Food Network, and more. There are additional channel packages you can add for $5-$15. You’ll also get a FREE Roku Streaming Stick when you prepay for 3 months.

youtube kids app


YouTube has a ton of channels for kids. The shows are fun and kid friendly. The best part is that most are free.

Price Break Down

Want to know how much you’d really be saving? It will vary based on how much you were spending on cable, so we’re going to use the average which is $64.41 per month.

Cost for of streaming 1 year:

Chromecast, $35
+ Netflix, $95.88 ($7.99 per month)
= $130.88

Cost of Cable for 1 year = $772.92

That means you’re saving $642.04. The next year that increases to $677.04 (you only buy the streaming device once). That means that over the course of 10 years, you’d save $6,735.40!

Now, if you throw in the price of internet required to stream, you’d be spending $490.88 per year. That means you’re still saving $282.04 per year (but I bet you’d be paying for internet anyway).

everything you need to know to ditch cable


    • Manuela

      Does anyone know how to watch live news without cable or antenne? I’m thinking of going cable free, but still not sure.

      • Jenna

        Depends on the station, but a few stream on their websites.

        • Manuela

          I tried CNN and HLN before and you have to have your cable provider log in with those :( Which ones do you stream?

          • Jenna

            I stream my local stations, primarily. Lately it’s been ABC 33/40 out of Birmingham.

      • D.

        I don’t think there is a way to watch it live without an antenne.

      • bjs

        have you tried other sources like BBC or CBC (canada). Roku has some custom channels like NoWhereTV that have *lots* of news channels.

      • Manuela

        Thanks for all the tips!

    • Ashley

      I have a older model tv do i need to upgrade to get the Roku box?

      • D.

        No. Rokus are compatible with analog tvs.

        • Shauna

          So the Roku will work on older tv show if there is no ports to plug in? What about the Roku stick?

          • D.

            Not the roku stick. You have to get the small roku box and Aux cables.

    • Brandi Sandford

      My internet costs too much to make cutting cable worth it. I even bought a Roku in anticipation, but then found out it’s not financially prudent. Ugh.

    • HTaylor

      If I understand this correctly, how to watch content and who to access with still requires high speed internet and the only option is with internet provider that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for how much data you use. Time Warner has the monopoly in my area for internet and I refuse to do business with them so I am stuck just using my Verizon mifi data plan and Dish for tv.

      • Sporksoma

        Not many internet providers offer inexpensive, unlimited data/bandwidth plans. I keep seeing all these “frugal” articles like this about cutting cable as a way to save money and using streaming services instead, and not ONE has brought up the fact that almost every internet company plan has a limit to the amount of data you can use each month, and streaming instead of cable will use that data up super fast. Then you are left paying hefty fees for going over, or totally cut off until the next billing cycle.

    • Sporksoma

      One thing you do not mention that is VITALLY IMPORTANT is that streaming videos use a LOT of bandwidth, and most internet companies with plans I the price range you mentioned ($25-40 per month) give you a very limited amount of bandwidth per month. After you reach that threshold, they either cut your access all together until the next billing cycle or, more commonly, charge you extra for the extra bandwidth!

      These charges are automatic; you are almost never given the option of whether you want to increase your access or not, you just automatically get charged and the amount of data you can use increases. When this happens , your normal $40 internet bill can skyrocket to hundreds of doars that you cannot dispute because of your contract or agreement. If you switch from watching cable tv to streaming videos, you can easily find yourself paying out the wazoo if you’re not careful!

      • D.

        Only the cell phone and telephone companies charge you extra. Cable companies like Time Warner Cable do not.

        • Nic

          Comcast is now trying out (or has recently implemented) how much Internet a person can use. We’ve been getting pop ups on our devices stating we are close to our limit. Internet is changeling and yes, some companies DO limit how much internet we can now have due to bandwidth.

        • Sporksoma

          I hate to disagree with you, but I use Mediacom, one of the biggest cable companies in the country, and they do exactly as I describe. We have a set limit of data we can use each month, and if we go over, we are charged a lot extra. If you don’t believe me, google mediacom. I thought they were a smaller local company but they are huge and all over the country.

          And that’s why I posted, because I wanted to share my experience with cutting the cable cord. Also, cable internet is our only choice for high speed internet where I live. It’s either go with mediacom or get a dial up modem and go through a slow landline.

    • coupongirl

      You can also purchase a digital antenna (approx $35). It is small, and hides behind the TV. It’s like the old-fashioned “rabbit ears”. We get all the local channels and PBS for free!

      • p

        we also do this and use ooma for the phone . cheapest phone you’ll ever pay. we learned from clark howard.

        • coupongirl

          Oh thanks for the tip on ooma for the phone. Will have to look into that!

    • We have had a ROKU for 4 years. I googled ways not to have cable at that time because I had just had a second child….Roku popped up with reviews all over the place because it was new. It was just $50 back then and we plugged into TV by analog. (I have since bought a second one, off craigslist, for our newer flat screen – Roku 3 w/angry birds.) The devices work great. We have Comcast and they do not block large amounts of data…so it’s a toss up. I pay $85 dollars a month for Comcast internet and lowest local TV you can get. I pay $10 for Netflix and $5 for Jellytelly (owned by Phil Vischer of Veggitales – a children’s Christian programing network). We tried digital antenna but it was a weak one and the signal was weak as well. But we are happy with our choices.
      I can control better what my kids see. They don’t watch those commercials with men in underware or other inappropriate content. When we want to watch the latest releases, we can rent through Amazon or even search on YouTube! If I need a video to help explain a bible lesson (I homeschool), I can turn on Jelly Telly and play “What’s in the bible” or “60 second bible stories”. I can also let my pre-k watch leapfrog programs on Netflix to learn her ABCs. Netflix also recently added Reading Rainbow to their line-up which is nice!
      Our famliy used to have cable and dish. I liked Dish better – but it got expensive when trying to buy internet and dish. I have saved quite a bit by getting rid of an expensive subscription to programs we don’t even watch. If you could find a decent internet provider in your area…then I would highly suggest ROKU. We have not gone back yet! Streaming video/music is much like owning the CD/movie and Cable is much like listen to radio – you are subject to what THEY decide to put on TV.
      Hope this helps.

    • bjs

      We do lots of streaming netflix.My son has special health conditions where he needs to be distracted for his 6 feedings every day. We stream hours of netflix every day. We have the smallest package from Suddenlink and do not hit our max or get extra charges. We also stream other stuff and don’t have problems

    • Marrianne

      Thank you Jenny for the information. We cut cable and satellite ties two years ago and haven’t looked back. You inspired me to try Sling tv and so far I like it. My internet company charges one fee for high speed internet so I think this might work for me.

    • Dee

      How about ditching the TV altogether? You’ll live… I promise. ;)

      • Sporksoma

        If you don’t mind your four year old in the bathroom with you every time you go ;-)

        lol no, seriously, I get what you’re saying. I actually watch an average of 0 hours of tv during the day or night. The way our cable internet plan worked, it was cheaper to sign up for tv, phone, and internet than internet alone for a year, so we did that. Our kids watch a lot of Disney Junior and PBS. Otherwise, I’d rather read or play video games like The Sims. When our year contract is up (it was a special for new members that we got when we moved back in March), unless they extend the deal, cable will get dropped. And the phone; we don’t even have a landline hooked up to it!