How to Talk to Your Family About Cord Cutting

2315310261_8d7fe37ed5_oThe holidays are here and will be full of Christmas parties, office parties, family dinners, and other great events. If your family is anything like my family, the topic of cord cutting will come up at least once. This is a great opportunity to tell your family about cord cutting, but it can be difficult especially when they want to know why you canceled cable other than cost.

So here is a short guide on how to convince others to cancel cable.

1st Ditch the Ads

Commercials are becoming even more prevalent with some stations speeding up shows to add more commercials. While not every cord cutting option is ad-free there are many that are, and the options that have ads have far fewer ads than what you would see with cable TV.

So let them know fewer or no ads means less time watching TV. That also means your kids won’t be demanding the latest toy they saw on TV.

2nd Variety

One of the best reasons to cancel cable TV is the lack of selection. Cable channels want to tell you what you will watch and when you will watch it. When you become a cord cutter you have more selection and control than ever. You pick what shows you want to see and when you want to see them.

So tell your family canceling cable means you get access to more shows and movies than you ever got with cable TV.

3rd Freedom

Cable TV is like a chain that locks you in. Want to watch one season of Game of Thrones on HBO or college football for 4 months a year? You have to agree to a 2-year contract.

Once you ditch cable TV you are free. Services like Sling TV, Netflix, and Hulu all allow month-to-month options. No need to agree to pay cable TV for a year if you just want to watch one season of a show.


Everyone is different but don’t fall into the trap of saying cord cutting is just about saving money. Cord cutting offers so much more than just saving a lot of money every year.

If they have more questions maybe point them to our Cord Cutting 101 – A Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting.

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