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Monthly savings from cord cutting: At least $100/mo. just on the cable subscription! Even more, if you count in the cost of renting/buying movies or going to the movie theater.
Streaming services I use: Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, and YouTube TV
Favorite original show: Stranger Things
Favorite streaming device: My Roku smart TV
Cord cutting tip: Don’t be afraid to try free services! The content may be a little older but there’s still plenty of good stuff.
Monthly savings from cord cutting: I save on average about $200-$300 per month.
Streaming services I use: I currently have Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO Now. I also use a bunch of free services like VUDU, Tubi, Crackle, IMDb, and others.
Favorite original show: It’s a toss-up between The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) and Undone (Amazon Prime Video)
Favorite streaming device: Roku Ultra
Cord cutting tip: Cut the cord, not your sense of judgment. Cord cutting is about having the freedom to choose your own entertainment ingredients to make your preferred entrée. With so many options out there, beware of getting too sucked into a bunch of the “must-have” lists and opinions of others. You can easily end up spending money based on reputation and not your experience of something. Do as much taste testing as you can and choose the devices, services, and apps that best fit your preferences.
Monthly savings from cord cutting: I haven’t had cable since college when I split a bill with two roommates! Since then, I’ve happily skipped the $100+ cable bill every month.
Streaming services I use: I’ve been subscribed to Hulu the longest (since pre-CCN days.) I like to rotate through other services every month and I’m always trying the new ones when they launch.
Favorite original show: Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime, and I’m looking forward to the new Marvel shows coming to Disney+.
Favorite streaming device: I have a nice little collection of streaming devices but probably use the Roku most often.
Cord cutting tip: Give all of the ad-supported services a try! You’ll find classic movies, TV shows from your childhood, and even some original content – all for free.
Monthly savings from cord cutting: I had been paring back our cable package as much as possible until we finally cut the cord, but even compared to the barebones cable plan at the time, we’re saving about $50 to $70 per month these days.
Streaming services I use: At the moment, we mostly use Netflix for old faves and new shows, Hulu for recent episodes, an over-the-air (OTA) antenna for live local sports, and (very recently) Disney + as part of the Disney/Hulu/ESPN bundle.
Favorite original show: Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things were probably among the first original shows we really latched onto.
Favorite streaming device: We’ve used several Roku models over the years, with the Premiere still getting daily use in our home.
Cord cutting tip: If you find yourself subscribing to a service just for a handful of shows you keep coming back to, it might be worth seeking out sales on physical or digital copies to own outright. If the price is right, you might save money over time compared to a monthly fee to watch some old faves.
Monthly savings from cord cutting: I’ve always been a cord cutter, meaning I’ve never paid a cable bill in my life and I plan to keep it that way! By using streaming services only, I’ve saved upwards of $80 per month for the past 10+ years.
Streaming services I use: I currently subscribe to all my favorite staples, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video (which is a bonus included in my Prime Membership for that much-needed two-day shipping!). I love Netflix for its vast library of movies and originals, and Hulu gives me my reality TV fix with shows like The Bachelor and Vanderpump Rules.
Favorite original show: The Mindy Project on Hulu. It’s bright and colorful and full of light-hearted humor that genuinely makes me laugh out loud even alone in front of my TV. Definitely one of my favorites!
Favorite streaming device: I’m also one of those people who doesn’t mind watching on my phone It’s convenient and with me everywhere I go. When I need a big screen, I use Chromecast to stream straight from my phone to my TV. It’s the easiest remote ever!
Cord cutting tip: If you’re new and just looking into the world of cord cutting, I would suggest picking a streaming service that already has one or two shows you’re interested in, that way you’ll already have something to watch while you discover new finds. And most streaming platforms offer free trial periods, so be sure to take advantage of them while you’re testing out services!