As most parents know, TV can be a nice assistant when it comes to entertaining little ones. I especially find it useful during the winter months when getting the kids outside is extraordinarily difficult. Obviously this goes against the “Cut the Cord” wisdom that most of the Financial Independence community believes in. One simple way I identified to minimize our costs was to purchase our own Modem/Router combo. My family was paying $11.00 per month for renting the cable company’s Modem/Router. We purchased a very nice Netgear Modem/Router for $149 on Amazon and returned the cable company’s. Our router will be paid off in 1 year and we will save the full amount going forward. While this doesn’t remove our cable bill entirely, this allows us to reduce our bill indefinitely.