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5 Cord Cutting Pro Tips to Make Cord Cutting Easier


Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV serviceCord cutting is probably one of the best decisions you could make this year; however, there can be a bit of a learning curve to becoming a cord cutter. Saving money can mean a little bit of work.

So I want to take a minute and pass along my top five cord cutting pro tips.

#1 Give the Antenna a Second Look

You may remember your grandparents had an antenna back in the day and may have had three or four stations. We have come a long way when it comes to over-the-air TV.

Now, on average, cord cutters get 30 channels including the big ones—ABC, CW, CBS, FOX, and NBC—along with a ton of other great channels 100% free! Wondering what you could get for free over the air? Check out AntennaRecommendations.com to find out what you should pick up with an indoor or an outdoor antenna.

#2 Forget About Contracts

Often new cord cutters get stuck with the idea that once they sign up for a service they have to keep paying for it. The good news for cord cutters is there are no contracts.

So feel free to jump around and try out different services. Many of them, such as Sling TV, Hulu, DIRECTV NOW, and Amazon Prime Video, all offer free trials.

#3 No Need to Rush Into It

The number one mistake people make when they cut the cord is rushing into it. Taking a bit of time before you cancel your pay-TV subscription can help you avoid overpaying. Make sure to set up everything first—from your antenna to streaming players. Test different streaming services before canceling pay-TV.

This way when you cancel your pay-TV provider you are not rushing out to buy any antenna you can find in hopes of watching your favorite show the same night. A little preparation will ensure that when you cancel cable TV you are set for your life as a cord cutter.

#4 Don’t Get Tricked Into Overpaying For Internet

Often when you downgrade to Internet only one of two things will happen. They will do their best to convince you to upgrade your Internet speed to a crazy high level or they will try to get you to bundle.

The truth is you really only need 20 Mbps down to get a good streaming experience. (But faster is nice.) So don’t be tricked into the idea that you need a faster speed to stream your content.

They will also try to get you to bundle your service with a phone or TV option. Remember: Don’t get tricked into promotional pricing. They will say anything over the phone but remember when you add services they add fees and often only tell you the promotional rate.

#5 Shop Around For Internet

Sadly your cable company could care less that you have been with them for 10 years. They won’t give you the best deal out there. If you want a good deal, you often need to shop around different service providers. I know many think of DSL as slow but for many the speeds of DSL will be the same or close to that of cable TV. Every few years I switch back and forth to make sure I get the best deal. They are always willing to welcome you back and will give you a deal you could never get if you stayed with them.

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  • Brian Heath

    I agree that using an antenna to get OTA HD channels is a great deal (free), but I still don’t understand all the hype you give it. In my heavily populated Washington, DC suburb, I, theoretically, could get about 25 channels with an antenna. But of those, only about 10 are something other than music, foreign language broadcasts, or community access channels. Hardly the type of “great channels” most people would be looking for. In addition, of those ~25 channels listed on AntennaRecommendations.com, I can only get about 8-10 channels clearly using one of the frequently advertised “50-mile” antennas you can get from Amazon. And that’s even with mounting the antenna in my attic. In hindsight, it really wasn’t worth the trouble and (admittedly minimal) expense I went to to get the antenna hooked up in my house.

    • TheJrockfreak .

      I agree, in my area of south Georgia, I could get about 10 channels with the only big one being CBS but with my house location I only get 3 channels

    • James Updike

      I tried the antenna thing… But who wants to watch love tv… Then you have to get a dvr, pay for guide data on the dvr… Better of just getting hulu in my opinion.

  • James Updike

    Please don’t say “Could care less” the correct phase is “couldn’t care less”

  • TO BLACKS

    Cable TV is really bad.

  • Steve Darner

    We have Time Warner Speculum. They will never give us a better deal. Nearly $200 a month for good internet and cable TV with DVR. We have Roku, Amazon Fire box, Kodi, Plex, PlayOn. My GF likes to record three hour blocks of Investigation Discovery to fall asleep while watching. The discovery family of channels seems to be lacking in apps for cord cutters. The Discovery Go app only works if you have cable TV subscription. Are there other options to view the Discovery channels for cord cutters?