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How We Saved $1000 a Year Cutting Cable and Signing up for YouTube TV

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My family and I are always trying to find ways to save money. One of the things we started to look into was alternatives to cable. After some research we decided to get rid of cable and signed up for YouTube TV instead. This helped us save a considerable amount of money.

Times sure have changed. YouTube isn’t just videos anymore! They rolled out a service called YouTube TV that lets you stream 60+ live networks over the internet. All you need is a YouTube TV subscription and an internet connection. We love it because we can watch baseball — our favorite sport, watch the news, and a few shows. It costs us $40/month. You can try it free here.

What channels are available on YouTube TV?

On YouTube TV you can watch shows, movies, local sports, and news on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and other networks. If you enter your zip code here you can look up which networks are available in your home area.

We don’t watch a whole lot of TV but when we do, we love watching baseball games and lately we’ve been hooked on a show on National Geographic called Life Below Zero.

This picture (below) shows all the channels available on YouTube TV, but some channels are limited to certain regions only.

YouTube TV available channels

YouTube TV available channels

Other Features

With your subscription, you can watch three streams at the same time. You also get 6 accounts with each subscription, and everyone in the family gets their own login and personal cloud-based DVR (no box necessary) with no storage limits. The recordings can be saved for up to nine months.

Cost Savings

We were paying $170 a month for cable bundled with internet which came out to $2,040 a year (isn’t that crazy??).

Now we only pay $480 a year for TV ($40 a month). That’s over $1000 a year in savings from when we were paying for bundled internet and cable with our old service provider (we are still paying for internet).

So far we have been happy with the new set up, and especially happy with the cost savings!

Have you cut cable TV? Would love to hear other ways you’re saving money.

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