The average cable bill that I’ve heard advertised is anywhere from $50/mo to well over $100/mo depending on the service options. Well with that being said, here’s the Live Frei plan for how to get rid of cable. It has evolved over the years but has saved us well over $3000 since we’ve been married.
First thing, get rid of the cable company. Janna and I both grew up without cable and although some think we are weird, we are better for it.
Now here is where some of the legwork comes in.
Buy an antenna
You can receive all the local major network channels like Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC. Plus, most of the channels you get will be in HD. I would not recommend buying an antenna from your local dept store. You’ll want to buy a real antenna; especially if you don’t live smack dab in the middle of a major city.
You’re likely to spend at least $60 or more on a quality antenna, but it will work very well, and you will not be disappointed. We bought one and put it in our attic, which is great since it is be hidden from view.
Here are some tips when buying and installing your antenna…
- Go to antennapoint.com and type in your zip code to find out how many stations are broadcasting near you. Also, note the distance of the furthest broadcasting station. (This will help in knowing what type of antenna to buy.)
- We bought the Antennas Direct DB2 on Amazon; it’s good up to 30 miles. If you’re further away try the Antennas Direct Clearstream4; it’s good up to 65 miles. Both of these antennas can be used for indoor, outdoor and attic use. (Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, we will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that we do not make these recommendations unless we feel they have been helpful to us first. Thank You.)
- If your house has been wired with cable in the past it may be worth trying to find the input to your home and plugging your antenna in there. This can save you a lot of headache.
- If you are splitting your signal to several rooms make sure and buy an amplifier. (This prevents distortion of the signal) We bought this Winegard Signal Amplifier on Amazon. Note: The second picture on Amazon for this product illustrates how this is installed better than the instructions that come with the amplifier.
- If installing outside you can purchase an antenna mount, they are relatively inexpensive and look nice.
- When positioning your antenna you can take the guesswork out of which direction to point it by going back to antennapoint.com and looking up the heading of most of the stations. If you don’t have a compass to do this, don’t worry there’s an app for that! : )
- This is a little more complicated than just plugging in the bunny ears so you need to be somewhat handy when attempting this. Feel free to contact me with any questions and I will try my best to walk you through it. My e-mail is j e s s e @ L i v e F r e i dot c o m.
Buy a Roku
Some of you may be asking why we didn’t go with the Apple TV. Here’s why… Amazon. Apple TV does not have access to Amazon and this is important because we are Prime members with Amazon, which if you didn’t know, gives you access to streaming movies kind of like Netflix. But more importantly gives me access to shows that neither Hulu or Netflix have. Amazon has a multitude of shows that you can pay-per-episode for. I pay for The Walking Dead; I realize the current season will probably be on Netflix next year but at $1.89 an episode it’s too hard to resist. We have the Roku XS; it works great and gives us so much more access to content.
We have subscriptions to Netflix ($7.99/mo), Hulu ($7.99/mo) and Amazon Prime ($79/yr). So for an entire year you can get access to a boatload of media; more than anyone can actually handle, for a fraction of the cost of cable (22.56/mo). Plus, when you subscribe to Amazon Prime you will get free 2 day shipping on most orders. We love this; it saves us lots of trips to the store.
Janna and I love to watch certain shows together. It’s great to relax after the kids go to bed and watch all our favorite shows together, when we want to. Hopefully I got your mind thinking of how to get rid of cable, but if not then at least pay a little less for it. Check out my post on BillCutterz.com, they can help you save on your cable bill as well as any other bill you might have.
Did you grow up with cable? Can you live without it?