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Old 12-31-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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I am considering cancelling my cable, internet, and landline. Having doubts as to whether I could do it long term because I do banking and pay bills by automated payment transfers.

Anyone else made these changes and been succesful?
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I canceled cable and landline a long time ago. I won't cancel internet, though -- it's necessary in my daily life. Like you, I do my banking, bill paying, etc., online.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:35 AM
 
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As long as you have a smartphone with internet access you should have no problems with it. All the bills can be paid via apps or phone's internet. See my other post in "Cord Cutting pros/cons " thread.

If bill pay is all you are concerned with regards to internet, it's definitely possible.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I have some bills on autopay, the rest are paid by check, only a few, not a big deal.

Regarding banking online, I have the philosophy that if it isn't online, they can't hack it.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Depending on how close to civilization you live, you might be able to get one of those 'Double Bi-Quad' internet antennas and sponge of MacDonalds free internet from far away. Here is a website about them:

https://martybugs.net/wireless/biquad/
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Depending on how close to civilization you live, you might be able to get one of those 'Double Bi-Quad' internet antennas and sponge of MacDonalds free internet from far away. Here is a website about them:

https://martybugs.net/wireless/biquad/
I wouldn't do banking over McDonald's free wi-fi.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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I am considering cancelling my cable, internet, and landline. Having doubts as to whether I could do it long term because I do banking and pay bills by automated payment transfers.

Anyone else made these changes and been succesful?
Yes, I did 14 months ago. Not much choice in the matter, as I relocated to a very rural area and there just isn't any reliable service available without a satellite dish.

I use my phone for banking, etc. Not from home, but it works fine when I am in town. Another option is to use a computer at the library.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Regarding banking online, I have the philosophy that if it isn't online, they can't hack it.
My husband's identity was stolen because of a check I wrote to pay our rent. Nothing online about it...it emptied our accounts, cost us lots of time and the expenses of having things notarized and faxed, and 5 years down the road, my husband was arrested and spent a night in jail because of the identity theft. The charges were dropped the next day but the arrest stayed on his record, unless we wanted to spend $2000 on a lawyer to get it expunged.

If you still write paper checks, that's much riskier than banking online.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I only have internet, no cable or landline.

But in the last few years I've been ill and not able to go places like I used to, so I've started using some of the video streaming services for entertainment. I'm currently paying for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Starz. Amazon Prime is useful because I can't go into a lot of stores anymore, so I order the things I need. I feel a little guilty about spending the money on Netflix and Starz, but we don't go to the movies or eat at restaurants anymore so I tell myself the savings on that offsets my video streaming expenses.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:47 PM
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I having been doing it for a while. It is really not bad.
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