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Getting Comcast off our payroll

July 12th, 2015 at 02:10 pm

Our largest expense at this point for time - after rent and groceries and gas - is cable !!! I have been trying to get rid of cable for YEARS now and unable to do so because the husband claims that he cannot get his "sports fix or NatGeo or History TV" fix, otherwise.

I am just frustrated with new fees and new costs added to our bill almost every month. Only in April, we were paying $99 in fees. Now it is up to $135 !!! Seriously, and pardon my French, but WTF ???

I hardly ever watch TV, and, when I do, it is only old international movies that I watch on YouTube or Roku. I did find some channels on Roku (especially Sling) that seemed to offer sports only to have him shoot it down with some vague excuses. I don't get sports very well, and could do with advise from others (especially sports aficionados) on what the issue is with Sling (if any) ?

I don't see why I should pay Comcast $135 a month - I really don't. But if he won't cooperate, I am completely and utterly and totally out of luck.

Help ?! What alternatives exist to Sports and Natgeo and History TV via Comcast ?

6 Responses to “Getting Comcast off our payroll”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I would look for a cheaper option and if one could not be found, then the increase of $36 would come out of husband's spending money. Cable is not a necessity. And if things were to ever be financially dire (happens sometimes), cable would go completely. Last year when my husband broke his wrist and was off work for four months, the first thing we cancelled was his boxing membership (he went there once in four years!!! No value there whatsoever).

  2. AnotherReader Says:

    Call and tell them the price is too high and you will switch to satellite and DSL if they can't reduce it below what you were paying before. It helps to have the new customer specials from them and the competition at your fingertips when you call. If the first person does not give you what you want, ask to be transferred to Customer Retention. You should have no trouble getting back to the $99, but it never hurts to try to negotiate a lower price.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm guessing Sling doesn't have the specialty sports channels he wants. My husband isn't that into sports, so I can't help you with alternatives.

  4. Jenn Says:

    If he agreed to dump cable, what would you do with the $1600+ per year that you'd have? Especially if you're on the same page financially, ask whether his enjoyment of it is worth the sacrifice of what you're NOT getting for that money - year-after-year. Hypothetically, would he be okay with you spending that amount of money having your nails done throughout the year? [If the answer is 'yes', then I have no more suggestions!]

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, hey, this looks like a brand new blog. Cool.

    Our PBS stations (free on rabbit ears) have a nice dose of history programming and some National Geographic, too.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Is there something your DH wants, but is not in the budget? Something that an extra $136/month would make happen a lot more quickly? Would he like to attend actual sporting events instead of just watching them on tv?

    NatGeo stuff can sometimes be found on Hulu. History documentaries can be found at the library.

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