Cut ca­ble and save $100s

The av­er­age fam­ily pays $123 a month for ca­ble, but you can drop the hefty bill and still see your fa­vorite pro­grams. Here’s how!

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When we think about how much we’ve spent on ca­ble over the years, we can’t help but wince—es­pe­cially since we never flip to most of the chan­nels we pay for. (Sur­veys show ca­ble cus­tomers watch fewer than 10 per­cent of their chan­nels!) And costs keep climb­ing—up 39 per­cent in the past 6 years. No won­der 1 in 5 house­holds have cut the cord.

Still, sort­ing through the ca­ble-free op­tions is dizzy­ing, so we turned to the pros. “First, sur­vey your TV habits: who watches what, how of­ten and whether it’s viewed live or on de­mand,” ad­vises Sadie Cor­nelius, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of SafeS­martLiv­, who has been ca­ble-free for years. Then use our chart to find your best op­tion—even if you opt for more than one (i.e., movies and news), you can save $1,000 a year!

Th­ese gad­gets let you con­nect your TV to the in­ter­net so you can watch on a big screen. But pick­ing one can be tricky. Here, in­sight into 3 top op­tions:

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