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The Frugal Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord (And Saving $$$) [Kindle Edition]

Kaylee Cole
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tired of paying $80 to $100 or more for hundreds of cable channels each month that you don't even watch? Wouldn't you like to pick only what shows you watch and pay for those or even better pay no cable bill at all?
You've heard of online services such as netflix, hulu and amazon prime but the names and hardware devices are migraine inducing. Who has time to keep up with the constant shift in technologies.

Look no further as the Frugal Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord will guide you through the maze and clear the confusion. Offering you insights and explanations in an easy to read and understand manner. When you finish this book you will understand:
- How to cut your cable bill or eliminate it completely
- Benefits of replacing traditional cable with online services
- Which online service is right for you and what they cost
- How to watch sports online
- What hardware devices are available and which to choose
- How much you will save ($$$$) every year by cutting your cable!

Kaylee Cole has written a fantastic book and continues her frugal series of books in style. This book is perfect for the standard cable user who is interested in an introduction to the cable cutting world. Armed it with you shall save hundreds or thousands per year.


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Have enough of paying outrages amounts of Dollars to cable companies every month for watching TV? Then it is time to allow Kaylee Cole with her new book The Frugal Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord to teach you viable and much cheaper alternatives to cable television. 
I cut my cable and went from paying $150 per month to paying $30, and getting even better services, just by following a few of the recommendations from Kaylee Cole's book. Kayle has helped save $1,440 per year I can spent on other useful things. 
Cutting your cable does not need to be difficult if you follow the recommendations from Kaylee. 
You'll see there are many great opportunities to Cable (or satellite TV) that not only saves you money, but also allows you to see what you want when you want to... And really, you can watch the latest shows just like on TV, so do not believe all the myths you hear from the cable companies, desperate to keep you as their customer.
- Miriam Cook, Stay-at-Home Mom

About the Author

Kaylee Cole is a fan of frugality. She was raised with a sense of cost savings and that same mentality pervades the method in which she raises her own family today. In Kaylee's Art of Frugal series she takes the reader through several focus areas which apply to the everyday lives of millions and find cost savings and frugal lessons in each.

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  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Art of Frugal (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAE71L0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes it easy to switch April 17, 2013
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When I found out my very stubborn sister was paying almost $300 a month for cable, I was speechless. She knew and had expressed interest in the setup at my house; Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube more than fill my daily requirement for TV. However, she thought they were just "high tech" things and she wouldn't be a good fit for them.

In my research of how to explain Netflix and the low costs it accrues, I found this book.

This book was a wonderful companion during my "intervention" with my sister. I liked the ideas in this book; even tricky questions like how to watch sports for my brother-in-law were answered.

Personally, if you're considering making the switch or know someone who is, I'd recommend this book completely.

My sister signed up for Netflix and Hulu, and had already told me they don't turn the cable box on anymore. She's cancelling this month, so she'll save around $3000 over the next year if she sticks with it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Relatively useless August 16, 2013
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As someone looking to "cut the cord" in the not-too-distant future, I decided to see what this book (booklet might be a better term) had to offer in terms of suggestions and information.

Turns out, not much. Anyone who has spent even an hour or two researching the topic on their own will likely find little of value here. Even that which is there doesn't delve into the subject matter in any real depth. Let me demonstrate with two examples:

1) Antennas - yes, the author does distinguish between VHF and UHF, which can be a trip-up point for the uninitiated, but aside from that, there's no practical advice on how to choose an antenna, what the various antenna types are, in which situations they're useful, how to determine which type and size to use, what you may need in terms of signal amplifiers, etc., or even a range of possible costs depending on these factors.

2) AppleTV/iTunes - as an example of the overly high-level nature of this title, the treatment of the AppleTV and iTunes shows little understanding for how it is actually used. The author presents this pairing as only being useful for buying and streaming content from the iTunes Store (and correspondingly labels it an expensive option), but completely fails to mention that you can use iTunes on your home network to store your own videos (including DVD/BluRay rips using a source like Handbrake), and stream those to the AppleTV. This is but an example of the lack of detail the author includes on most subjects.

Aside from the content issues, the book is poorly edited as well, with typos, redundant paragraphs in different sections, etc.

Do yourself a favor and talk to someone who's actually set a system like this up themselves, or do some research on your own. You'll get a lot better answers to the questions that are specific to your situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Not only a fascinating insight into the viewing habits of the American public but also an eye opening, educational way of saving money AND improving your TV time. Kaylee has written and researched a huge variety of readily accessible alternatives to the monthly money pit of cable TV subscriptions, many of them showing more modern movies and entire box sets of your favourite TV shows. Many of these options are available overseas too - I live in the UK and use the British version of some, and with a simple VPN I can watch the US versions too!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading even when it is offered for free August 15, 2013
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Advice is too basic and too shallow. I am not impressed at all. On face value, the author says you can replace cable TV with Hulu, Youtube, Netflix, HDTV antenna. But in reality, there are many TV channels that aren't and won't be available in any of these other sources now nor in the foreseeable future. The author fails to deliver what the book title says. Not worth your time reading it even though it is offered as a free ebook.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Fred R.
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I already knew that one could stream from Netflix or Amazon, that antennas can be used to receive free over-the-air programming, and that cable bills are really steep. There might be some new information here for some people, but I doubt it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very basic August 15, 2013
By Tv
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A very basic book for people who know nothing at all about the internet. Or possibly been living in a box the past ten years.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pain free way to save money April 19, 2013
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I love to save money. I like to keep myself informed when it comes to tricks to saving money. Many times I find myself reading articles about how to save money and I feel like I am reading the same list over and over again. A frugal friend recommended this book to me and since I consider her a well-informed person and I trust her judgment, I decided to buy it.

First of all, this book is well researched. There are several different ideas given for people in different circumstances when it comes to television viewing habits. I love watching television, so giving up tv watching all together is not an option. I am glad that I can watch all of the television I want, but for less money by following this guide to frugality. I was shocked to see how much money I will save a year by cutting the cable cord for good. I wish I had this book earlier!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, poorly executed August 17, 2013
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The idea behind the book is great because there truly are many alternatives to cable TV. Key problems:
1. The author provides a total of about 3 references in the whole book to back up some claims that sound more like assumptions of a middle-class suburban writer.
2. Nearly every alternative to cable requires "a fast internet connection." The problem is, many people's internet *is* via their cable company. Thus, if you cut the cable cord, you're cutting the "solution" of watching TV via the internet too. For those who do not have internet tied into their cable company (e.g., those with DSL service), the DSL plans that offer sufficiently fast internet connections to watch HD streaming media are typically quite similar in cost to a cable plan. It's a bit of a Catch-22. For example, in our neighborhood, to get internet access faster than our current DSL line (which will only stream low-quality, standard def video which is no where near the quality that one would get with cable), we'd have to actually *sign up* with a cable TV company or a dish network--both of which are more expensive than our DSL.

Toward the end of the book are some trite ideas about saving money in general and spending more time with the family--I agree, but that was not really the premise behind a book that was presumably supposed to explain how to continue to have access to cable TV (or the equivalent) without spending so much money. Quitting watching TV is certainly cheaper, but it doesn't accomplish the goal.

Spoiler alert!:
The main idea of the book can be summarized this way: Get fast internet service and pay for NetFlix or Hulu.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too basic
A little common sense goes a long way. Most of the stuff in here is common sense or easy to find out. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Melvin K. Patterson
3.0 out of 5 stars No clippers needed for an upgrade for you TV!
Goodbye to cable's tyranny and it is worth it.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen A. Stomps
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
No comment
Published 3 months ago by Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything as expected. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by William F. Korolsky
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It didn't answer some of my concerns. I was hoping for more information on bundling phone, internet, and cable.
Published 4 months ago by vickihagberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nothing new
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars somehow found this super confusing to read
somehow found this super confusing to read. Just made me want to just go find a Consumer Reports article on the topic.
Published 8 months ago by A. Wickstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete list of alternatives
The books lists a variety of options along with their pros and cons. It is a very complete list of options.
Published 10 months ago by Jeff L
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful
Good overview of available options. Helpful information was given. Easy to read. A lot of information was provided by the author.
Published 11 months ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing I didn't already know.
Some may find this book helpful especially if they are novices at cord cutting. I've had som e experience at this at have sought out the knowledge of others extensively so there... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dan Cable
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Kaylee Cole is an avid fan of frugal living, simple life and savoring the moments and experiences of the journey. She is the author of a series of books on frugality to share her mindset with others in the community. She enjoys sharing knowledge and stories with her readers and friends. Please don't hesitate to send me a tweet, email or sign up to be notified when my next book will be released.


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