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How to Convince Your Spouse to Be a Cord Cutter


Mid age woman sitting at tableI often hear from spouses who want to be cord cutters who cannot convince their significant other to ditch the overpriced TV bill. Increasingly I am hearing from women trying to convince their husbands to become cord cutters.

So here are a few tips to help you convince your spouse to become a cord cutter.

#1 Don’t rush into it.

As with all things in life rushing into cord cutting is typically a bad idea. You need to make sure you have done your research and set everything up first. The worst thing you can do is try to convince your spouse to be a cord cutter but then don’t have the answers to their questions.

So make sure to do your research, and we suggest checking out our Cord Cutting 101 Guide.

#2 Find out why they don’t want to be a cord cutter.

This may seem like a strange idea but often when I talk to someone they don’t know why their spouse does not want to be a cord cutter.

If they are worried about missing sports you can use our Ultimate Guide for Cord Cutting Sports Fans. So knowing what they are worried about will help us address their concerns.

#3 Offer to try it before you cancel cable.

This is what won my wife and me over. Before we canceled cable TV we decided to turn off our cable box and set ourselves up as cord cutters. We got the Rokus connected and signed up for free trials of services such as Hulu.

After about 2 weeks we realized we never missed anything on cable. So maybe offering to try it before taking the plunge will help.

#4 Talk about all the benefits of cord cutting.

Saving money is a big part of cord cutting but not everything. There is so much more to cord cutting including the fact that you can get so many more TV shows and movies for a fraction of the price of traditional pay TV. Also, you are more likely to be able to watch what you want when you want to with cord cutting.

Not only will you save money and get more content you will also spend less time in your life watching commercials. How much more fun will your life be without all the ads?

If you need more help convincing your spouse to become a cord cutter head over to our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group. Many cord cutters there will be more than happy to help you ditch overpriced pay TV.

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  • Mark

    My problem is my wife. She likes her cable, the way the guide looks, DVR. Direct TV Now comes the closest as far as channel selection and cable guide, but buffering issues and lack of DVR killed the deal. Tried PlayStation Vue but it has a confusing channel guide and no History channel. Tried Sling TV, but again confusing channel guide, no DVR killed the deal. I signed up to Direct TV Now promo offer and am waiting for the Roku support and hopefully DVR, and fixing the buffering issues, with free HBO for a year, I might hold onto it for a while. My wife doesn’t want to search for shows on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

    • Jordan Chavez

      Have your wife pay the Cable bill with all her required extra bells & whistles.
      You pay for your preferred OTT service.
      Maybe she’ll want to “streamline” and just tag along and learn your service after
      she sees the price difference between the two.

  • Norman

    What about waterboarding? Too extreme? Also guys, why does it have to be the wife? Come on, it can be the husband, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate or whoever you’re sharing space with who needs convincing. What about bamboo under the fingernails? Still too extreme?

  • BigO

    My wife (not comfortable with tech – or changing how we do things) gave me two directives as I researched this. 1) Have to be able to watch broadcast network shows the next day. 2) Make it as simple as possible. For us, as we do not have great OTA reception (good – but not great), our solution was using PlayOn via our Windows computer to record all of our broadcast network shows. She thought the interface was pretty simple, and quickly bought into it.

    Granted, our solution / problem will not be the same for everyone, but I think having something which looks simple for most of the content makes it easer for someone to consider dropping cable.

    FYI: 1st gen Fire TV / 2nd gen Fire TV / Roku 3 / PlayOn / Netflix / Amazon / Hulu / the local library.

  • Bart Allonyou

    Everyone I know is men trying to convince their wives. My wife is resistant because it is more complicated and less convenient. She is not tech savvy at all and is resistant to change. Our main problem with cutting the cord is the inconvenience of getting local cable baseball and hockey.

    • Mark

      I have the same problem

  • David Knibbs

    There’s just one thing I’ve found myself missing, as strange as it might be, commercial breaks. They were perfect little chunks to get some chores or studying done or doing other things.