Q. I've about had it with my cable bill, Kim. I heard you mention a while back that there was a way to drop cable and still enjoy my regular TV shows. Can you please refresh my memory on how to do it? Thanks!
-Wes from Knoxville, TN, listens to my national radio show on WOKI 98.7 FM
A. Before you take a machete to your cable box, Wes, it's a good idea to do some research. Cable alternatives aren't free. You want to make sure they'll cost less than what you're currently paying.
Most of the shows you want to watch are probably available online at this point. This site tells you which services stream your favorite shows.
You can quickly see what services - such as Hulu Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime - you're going to need. Each of these sites costs around $7 a month and - thanks to exclusive studio deals - you might need two or more of them to get every show you want.
If you only watch one or two shows, it might be cheaper to ignore streaming. You can buy or rent show episodes as they air for $1 to $3 on Amazon and iTunes. Or you can mix and match streaming and downloading as needed.