Cutting the Cord: Go Cable Free and Save

Cut the cord and go cable free

It's no secret that cable TV can be expensive, often adding up to thousands of dollars a year. If you're looking to save some cash, cutting the cord and going cable free is a great way to save – if you do it right. Today's TVs and streaming gadgets make it easier than ever to get all of the TV and movies you want, no cable needed.

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If you have a TV that works perfectly well but doesn't have any built-in smart features, you can add them using a streaming device like an Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, or Roku. Which one of these you chose is largely based on personal preference or price. Right now, BestBuy is offering a combo package, bundling the top-of-the-line Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player with the Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor HDTV antenna for $153.98, a savings of $16.

If you live near a big city or otherwise inrangeof an HDTV signal, then an HDTV antenna is a must. It's the best way to get over-the-air live HDTV channels – think ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. – and the Mohu Leaf is a well-regarded device.

Roku Ultra and Mohu Leaf 30
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The Roku Ultra gives you access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, though keep in mind you will need to pay for a subscription to these services, so your monthly bills won't entirely disappear. Netflix and Hulu both run from about $8 to $12 a month, depending on the level of service you choose, and Amazon's Prime Video service is included with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99 a year.

Amazon Fire TV Stick
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In fact, if you're already heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, you may want to consider the $40 Amazon Fire TV Stick. It offers an Alexa voice remote and is significantly cheaper than the Roku Ultra (and almost half the price of the $70 Roku Streaming Box), but its content is focused around Amazon's video offerings.

If you're in the market for a new TV, chances are you won't need to invest in a streaming device at all, as most new TVs are smart TVs, with access to streaming services built right in. If you like the easy-to-use Roku interface, you'll appreciate Sharp's 50-Inch Smart Roku TV, now on sale for $300 at BestBuy.com. That's asavingsof $130.

LG's 55 Inch Smart TV
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BestBuy also is offering a bargain on the 55-inch LG Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, knocking $200 off the list price and selling it for $599.99. (You have to add the TV to your cart in order to see the price.) It offers 2160p resolution and built-in wireless for connecting to your home network and accessing all of those streaming services.

If these prices don't tempt you, maybe this will: BestBuy is offering an extra discount of $25 off a purchase of $100 when you use Visa Checkout. This discount is good through January 21, 2017. That means you don't have much time – so what are you waiting for?

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