5 Pro Cord Cutting Tips for New Cord Cutters from a Cord Cutting Expert 2024





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In 2024 cord cutting is growing faster than ever. But, cord cutting can be scary. The good news? It is easier than you think!

Cord cutting is a bit like buying a new car. Your new car works like your old car, but everything is slightly different. The radio offers the same channels, but you control them differently. You can get the same content, but everything is a little different from what you had with cable. The good news is in just a few weeks, you will learn how the new remote works and where to find your favorite TV shows.

Today I want to break down five cord cutting tips to help you get the most from cord cutting. These tips come from my more than 10 years’ experience of being a cord cutter. Hopefully, they help you to get even more from your cord cutting experience.

#1 Don’t Rush into It

The number one mistake people make when they cut the cord is rushing. When you rush into cord cutting, you add a lot of unneeded stress, spend more money than you should, and may even miss your shows.

Taking cord cutting slowly can help you avoid overpaying for services and devices. It can also help you avoid stress. Long before you call to cancel cable TV, make sure to set up everything—from your antenna to streaming players. Test out 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 that same night. A little preparation will ensure that when you cancel cable TV, you are set for your life as a cord cutter.

To get the research started, check out our Cord Cutting Beginners Guide HERE.

#2 You Don’t Need Every Streaming Service at Once

Unlike cable TV, there are no year-long contracts. You can add or drop streaming service subscriptions whenever you want. If you only want a live TV service for sports, only pay for it during that sport’s season. Only want Paramount+ when the new Start Trek is on? Then subscribe only when the new season comes out.

By only subscribing to services when you use them, you can easily save hundreds of dollars every year. Don’t be afraid to get a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV only during football season, for example.

Don’t be afraid to rotate streaming services. Subscribe to Paramount+ this month and switch to Peacock next month. There are many great options out there for cord cutting.

#3 Don’t Get Tricked into Overpaying for Internet

Often when you downgrade to Internet only one of two things will happen. Your provider 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. Overpaying for the Internet is one of the biggest mistakes cord cutters can make.

For a good streaming experience, you only need 100 Mbps down. (But, of course, faster is nice.) So, don’t be tricked into the idea that you need a faster speed to stream your content.

Remember, you can upgrade to a faster Internet speed later. However, if you find yourself overpaying, it can be difficult to get your Internet Service Provider to downgrade your speed to a cheaper new customer package.

Here are some tips for finding the right Internet speed for you.

#4 Shop Around for Internet

STOP! Don’t assume you don’t have any options for Internet in 2024. Things are different now. Look around. You may be surprised.

Sadly, your cable company could care less that you have been with them for ten years. They won’t give you the best deal. If you want a good deal, you need to shop for different service providers. Many people think of DSL as slow, but for others, DSL speeds will be the same or close to those of cable TV. Every few years I switch providers to ensure I get the best deal. They are always willing to welcome me back and will give me a deal I won’t get if I stayed with them.

T-Mobile, Verizon, and others have launched wireless Internet options for cord cutters. We have tested these services, and they work well for cord cutting in many areas. Use your local Facebook Group and Nextdoor app to ask about options in your area.

#5 This Is Not Your Grandpa’s Antenna TV

You may remember your grandparents had an antenna back in the day and may have had three or four stations. Over-the-air TV has come a long way since then.

Now, on average, cord cutters get 30 channels, including ABC, CW, CBS, FOX, and NBC, 100% free! Wondering what you could get for free over the air? Check AntennaWeb to find out what you should pick up with an indoor or an outdoor antenna.

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