In our area internet alone is $39.95 per month for the basic package. If we add on the most basic cable package that bumps it up another $29.99 per month without the rental fees for the modem and cable box. That seems pretty cheap, right? Sure, except that wouldn't include any of the children's channels I'm interested in. When I talked to a customer service rep I was told that the only way to get Disney Jr., the channel we're really interested in above all else, was to upgrade to the $85 per month package. That is insane.
So, what are we doing instead?
We have one of our desktop PCs hooked up to our TV via HDMI. Instead of paying over $30 for cable + the cable box, we are subscribed to Hulu ($7.99/month) and Netflix ($7.99/month). We use sites like stream2watch.me if we need to check up on breaking news or have our hopes and dreams crushed by the team we're rooting for (thanks, Leafs!). We can also watch clips of Bubble Guppies or Umizoomi via Nick Jr. and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse via Disney Jr.
I don't feel that we're missing out at all. We may be a day behind with the network shows on Hulu or a season behind thanks to the lack of CBS programming but it's just entertainment. Unless you really, really can't wait the one day I would highly recommend the switch.