Since 2012, more than 10 million people have cut the cord, which refers to getting rid of paid multi-channel subscription services like cable or satellite television. And since last year, the pace at which viewers are cutting the cord has increased dramatically. 

Let’s face it, cable subscribers aren’t getting the most out of their investment. There are many channels you’re paying for, but are rarely watching. Because of the bundles and packages you’re forced into, you have little control over the content you’re purchasing. Plus, there are rising prices and equipment rental fees, which have brought the average monthly cable bill up to $107. To make matters more complicated, you’re probably already paying for one or two streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video to get movies and TV shows you might otherwise miss out on. 

Luckily, sticking with cable isn’t the only option. By cutting the cord to your cable company, and going all-in on streaming, you can simplify your viewing and only pay for the entertainment you want, when you want it.

The ideas below can help you save money, letting you replace costly cable or satellite TV subscriptions with free or cheaper alternatives. With these steps, you can finally simplify and take control of your entertainment! And, don’t miss our Cord Cutting Guide for more tips to help you break free from cable.

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