Cord Cutter Spotlight is an ongoing series where I talk with people who decided to cut the cord and get rid of cable. Want to share your cord cutting story? I’d love to hear it. Send me an email to set up an interview!
Molly Thornberg is the mother of 4 and a self-professed lover of all things digital. As the author of Digital Mom Blog, she writes about various aspects of motherhood, from parenting to technology. It was there on her blog that I learned of her family’s recent decision to ditch cable. I was curious to see how the process worked for her, so I got in touch. Check out our conversation below.
What was the final straw that made you decide to cut the cord?
We had a contract bundle deal for cable/phone/internet. We quickly realized after signing the deal that we don’t really watch cable, we found ourselves using streaming services more and the phone line was never used!
How much money are you saving since you decided to get rid of cable?
While our internet costs did go up, we are saving around $60 a month by no longer subscribing to cable. We do subscribe to several streaming services, but we were using most when we still paying for cable.
What do you do with the money you save by cutting the cord?
With 4 kids, any money is sucked into the kid-dom pit.
What’s your cord cutter setup (e.g. streaming device, streaming services, etc.)?
We have smart TVs, but have found a favorite streaming device in Amazon Fire TV. It has a great interface and I swear it streams Amazon Prime better than any of the apps. We do use our Apple TV and xBox One to stream as well.
What advice would you offer to someone who’s thinking about getting rid of cable?
Make sure that you get an antenna. While you don’t think you watch those main network channels, there will come a time when you just want to watch local news (okay, and Judge Judy.)
Ready to get rid of cable like Molly? Check out my simple step-by-step guide for cutting cable.