How To Cut The Cord (Cable TV)

If you are going to bookmark one page on cord cutting, it should be this one. Grounded Reason has over 200 pages on cutting the cord and getting rid of pay TV. The links in the cord-cutting guide below are either the most important articles on cutting the cord, or articles that answer questions I’m often asked.

Cord Cutting Guide

Before directing you to various pages, I wanted to give you the high-level steps to take to cut the cord.

Step 1: Find home internet that is stand-alone, and not part of a pay TV bundle.

Step 2: Examine alternative ways to watch TV. I cover this in my article on Cable TV Alternatives. This in-depth cord cutting guide covers options like streaming services, devices, and TV antennas. You can even watch cable networks live online. For information on that, check out our comparison of all the live TV streaming services.

Step 3: Cancel your pay TV subscription.  Even if you are unsure that you have all your shows covered without cable, cancel anyway. Like me, you will realize a lot of the stuff we watch is simply because it’s on. You’ll also discover there is a lot higher quality TV shows are not on traditional TV. Cancel now and start saving today. If you don’t like being a cord cutter, your pay TV company will gladly take you back.

There is a lot of content on this site explaining how to cut the cord and replace your pay-TV subscription with cheaper alternatives. Below are the pages that will answer nearly any question you will have when it comes to cutting the cord.

Cable TV Alternatives – This page provides the details of everything you need to cut the cord. This article provides a high-level view of the streaming devices like Roku, streaming services like Sling TVDirecTV Now and Hulu.  The article also provides so basic info on TV antennas, DVRs, and more.

Watch Live Sports – This page provides the details on where to catch live sports after cutting the cord. The article also contains links to different articles on how to watch each particular sport after cutting the cord.

Cheap Internet Service –  Look to this page for information on getting internet service without having to bundle it with a pay-TV subscription.

Digital TV Antenna –  This article covers all you need to know about getting a TV antenna for free local TV channels

How to Watch Local Channels – This article covers how to watch local networks over streaming where possible. It also provides an overview of watching broadcast TV over the Air.

DVRs – This post provides a comprehensive guide to picking a DVR to record from your TV antenna when you cut the cord.

Cheap Phone Service – This article explains where to find affordable phone service after cutting the cord on your Pay-TV bundle.

Making Free Phone Calls – This article explains how to make free phone calls over the internet.


If this article didn’t answer your specific question, check out the Cord Cutting Guide. It provides links to the most important articles in our over 200 pages of content to help you ditch pay TV.

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Jamie’s Car Buying Experience


So the used car shopping is quite the experience. Thankfully we were not rushed to make a decision. We waited for the right car and after the first two months of car ownership, Jamie still loves it. God came through and I am very thankful.

I wanted to document our resources in case we ever have to do this again:

My brother pointed us to which is the Kelly Blue Book site. That was very helpful and also which also took a lot of the guess work out of knowing one bad model or year from another. A friend also gave us which is a site the used car salesman use to find internet deals from other dealerships. I contacted AAA because they have a car buying service for their customers but they didn’t deal with car in the price range we were looking. I may use them if I ever need a different car.

Congratulations to Jamie for another giant step into adulthood!

Saving Quilts

IMG_6811 (2)It so hard to pass up these beautiful baby quilts at Savers and Goodwill.  The price tags are $2-$3 and I’m a sucker almost every time.

IMG_6812 (2)I’ll be adding some extra quilting soon and seeing who I can pass them along to.

New Curtains

This is so embarrassing.  The girls and I  purchased this material at least 4 years ago after putting the them together in the same room.  We took the doors off the closet because one of them was always leaving her side open and in the way of the other.   I just re-found the fabric and in less than an hour had them done and hanging.  They cover so much stuff and look terrific.  I just wish I had done them sooner :D

Making Apple Sauce

I purchased a sauce maker more than a year ago.  Bountiful Baskets had a good deal on 40# of fuji apples, so here we go…

First we washed them and then pressure cooked them for about 4 minutes.

We did 2 different batches and by the second one we were working as a team.

Wow, it looks like real apples sauce, and tastes good too.

We processed 21 pints of fuji apple sauce and strained 1/2 gallon of good apple juice out of the bottom of the cooking pot.

Over all we did well on our first try at apple sauce.

Canning beans

We had some friends come up from Casa Grande and spend the day with us.  We got to visit and tried out my new pressure canner to see how it would work.  We canned 3 different flavors of pinto beans to sample the recipes. (not that appetizing to look at)  Thanks for visiting C. girls.

Fresh Eggs


Our hens started laying eggs about 3 weeks ago.  It was still over 100 degrees but bless them they started producing despite the heat.  We believe we have 5 of the 6 laying so far.  Ethel is the picked on one and is small, she might be they one having a time getting started.

The skillet is a 6″ pan.  The 2 eggs are small but tasty.  We are thankful.

Naming the hens



We bought id bands for the chickens so that we could get them their names.

The head hen is Jamie’s, her name is Mrs. Shin (from the Music Man movie)
Kayla, as keeper of the chickens, has 2, Lucy and Ethel.
Nathan, never having seen Star Wars chose Princess Leah for his hen.
David named his hen, Miss Lemon (from the Poirot series)
Beth in keeping with the other famous women actors, which we love, named her’s Aunt Bee.

Another Culotte

Try to play that on the piano! :P

I have actually made about 6 culottes lately. This one is special because it is music fabric!  It wasn’t always easy to make these. It used to take me  months when I first stared making them!!!! Now that I’ve got practice and I’m a bit older I can make 1 or even 2 in 1 day.

Thank you to mom and dad for buying me lots of nice fabric!

A Good Buy!

I found a great buy at goodwill! It was a 4 piece piano desk set! Take a look:

A Clipboard!

Paper in a container! The paper inside makes it look like a piano!

A pencil holder. (I added that pen)

And a place to put your notes!

Here's the picture from the box!

It was still in it’s wrappers and box and everything- for $3 bucks! Yay!

I am excited about my new desk stuff, especially since it’s piano stuff! I love a piano!


I love daisies…

I am blessed to have my own daisy patch in our front yard.   These are called blackfoot daisies and they return to our garden every year about this time.  The kids and David have kept me with a steady flow of vases filled since the beginning of February when they were filling out the garden.  One of the many good gift for the Father of Light.