Save Money By NOT Canceling Cable

I recently decided it was time to cancel my cable TV subscription. I did this for two reasons:

  1. Canceling cable TV is obviously monetarily beneficial, as we were paying over $50 per month.
  2. My kids were just too glued to that TV.  They were getting a little too used to shows like Adventure Time and Johnny Test which I would hardly call “kids shows.”

An interesting thing happened when I called to cancel my subscription. The cable TV provider obviously does not like to see customers cancel subscriptions, so in order to keep my business, they offered me all sorts of lucrative deals including a big percentage discount for the next six months if I retain my subscription!

In my case, I had already made up my mind. I was getting rid of cable and that was final. But I will admit, I did have give keeping cable a second thought.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to get rid of your precious cable. I can’t say that I blame you. If you don’t want to cancel cable but wish it didn’t cost you so much every month, it may not hurt to call up your cable provider and (pleasantly) threaten to cancel just to see what sort of discounts they can throw at you. If it works for you, then maybe, just maybe you can repeat this process every so often to keep those discounts going. Give it a try!

As a bit of a side note, I must say that canceling cable was a great move; at least for myself and my family. My kids aren’t as attached to the TV anymore, I have more time to read and get things done around the house, and we still get 10 to 15 FREE HD channels. These free channels may not be available where you are, so if you’re banking on having them available after you cancel cable, you may want to double check for this first.

Do you know of any companies who are known for extending great deals in order to hold on to their customers? Let everyone know with a comment!

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3 Responses to Save Money By NOT Canceling Cable

  1. Dan says:

    My wife and I made the decision to drop our premium channels and keep basic cable with our internet service. We did try to cut cable altogether, but we were able to bundle basic cable with the internet for $2 more than just the internet by itself. For $2 month I don’t have to deal with the hassle of installing a OTA antenna. We still save $100 a month on our bill and kick ourselves for not doing it sooner. The kids watch their favorite shows on PBS and Netflix and I watch ESPN on my Xbox 360. This is the easiest $100 we have ever saved and can’t believe more people put up with paying more.

    • Ryan Hafey says:

      Dan,

      Way to save! Why cancel cable when you can strike a deal like that? That should definitely be another option to ask about when inquiring about saving more money on your cable bill. Thanks for the comment!

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