Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our expensive little secret

We have cable.

Yep, despite the staggering amount of debt hanging around our necks, we have yet to cut the cable. In all honesty, I doubt we ever will. There's no way to justify it. We just enjoy it. It provides our entertainment and it is one of the few activities our severely disabled son is able to partake in at home. Plus, I'm an HGTV junkie and DH lives for sports.

So even though we've dropped everything else that is "frivolous" from the slate - restaurants, movies, shopping - we can still watch a zillion channels every day.

Are we crazy? Are we the only ones who have consciously made this decision? Please say we're not alone.

Sarah


16 comments:

  1. I still have cable as well. I have the basic plus one package which is discounted. I called the company and got my bill in a range I was comfortable with and don't feel guilty for having it.

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  2. I still have it! I'd like to get rid of it soon, but right now I'm on a promotion that makes it cheaper for cable+internet than internet alone. We have Netflix and love it, but I am a fellow HGTV addict - that's the only channel I watch - and I don't know if I can give it up!

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  3. We still have cable....and internet...and a landline...and a fax line that are all together with rogers. I'd love to get rid of cable, but I can't just yet. I'm aiming for when cub starts school. But I have called them and got the number of channels and the bill reduced.

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  4. We have an internet/cable plan with AT&T U-verse. We got in on the deal when they first came to our neighborhood, and we love it. It is $80/mon plus tax. We did give up HD TV which was free for the first year, and $10/mon thereafter. But we have no plans to give this up entirely. MAYBE if it was just me and hubby...but with the kids.....no way.

    We all have our line in the sand of what we are willing to do, and there is no shame in saying this is your line.

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  5. I think that's understandable. Do you have the most basic package or the one with all the movie channels? Where we lived before, I cut our cable down to the basic channels and it only cost $22 per month.

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  6. I have basic cable in a bundle that includes TV and phone. Dropping one wouldn't reduce the price very much.

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  7. We have never had cable. We just don't watch that much TV. We also could never afford the bill. So many years of crushing debt and under earning kept us at or below the poverty level. But now I have a housekeeper, that comes one morning a week. Scrubbing and floors lock up my hands and I lose sewing time. We all make choices and that is okay. It is the constant taking on of new debt and higher interest charged that kills you.

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  8. I think it's okay if that's a luxury you choose...very few people can give up all luxuries. But I have to be the voice that asks this question among all of these positive comments: is there a way your can enjoy entertainment cheaper? If you have a video game console like a Wii you can stream Netflix through your TV. I only pay $11/month for that and don't have cable. Does your library rent DVDs for free? If these options work for you, it might be possible that you wouldn't really miss cable all that much and could save a lot of money each month.

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  9. we currently only pay $20 a month for cable through our landlord. But even back when we were paying $100 a month, i don't think we would have cut it. We just enjoy it too much.

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  10. I have satellite (can't get cable where I am at). It is something that I enjoy, and being that I don't go out to the movies, it is our main source of entertainment.

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  11. Well, it's nice to know I'm not alone - again. We have a package that gives us more than the basic (which is just local channels here), but no movie channels. We do have it bundled with internet, but don't have a landline, so no phone deal. @LBC - you're right, it would save money, but I'm not so sure about our sanity. Netflix is nice, but doesn't offer most of the things that we do watch. It's a choice that I guess for now we're willing to live with. Maybe not the wisest choice, but at least we're aware of that ;)

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  12. Getting rid of our debts does not mean we have to deprive ourselves of everything we enjoy. I got rid of cable 6 months ago, and go it back 2 weeks ago. Yes its the cheapest package but the fact is we don't go out allot. I love the history channel and tlc, my youngest is addicted to all those bride shows, my mom watches certain shows. The only difference is instead of having it in 5 rooms we now only have it in 2. The living room and the basement.

    Paying off our bills does not mean we have to deprive our selves of everything

    judy

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  13. Like Rhitter94, we can't get cable where we live, and rabbit ears don't work because of the mountains surrounding us. We share satellite with our rental cabin and can't see giving it up. We don't have the biggest package available and have premium channels only on free weekends, but the smallest package doesn't have what WE watch... which isn't much in the way of variety. What we watch (mostly news and sports, tho I could get hooked on some of Animal Planet if I had time!), wouldn't work on streamline even if it were available.

    Don't feel guilty, Sarah. We pick and choose how we tackle debt; no one way fits all, and a full-blown case of depression due to total deprivation doesn't get the bills paid any faster....

    Jenny

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  14. I don't have cable and I ADORE HGTV. I watch it when I visit my mom and when I'm babysitting if the kids are in bed. I do think it's better for me NOT to have HGTV access, though, because it helps me not go mad with wanting more than I have. :-) I have bunny ears. But I do have something I feel guilty about: a smart phone with a $70/month bill. The thing is the plans with less data aren't much cheaper, and I don't have a landline. I still feel like I'm losing my frugal street cred.

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  15. You haven't gotten any advice I would not give so not much left for me to say.

    If you enjoy it, don't give it up unless you absolutely have to. You have done a great job cutting back everywhere so don't give up your last form of enjoyment.

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  16. I think that there are way worse things than watching t.v.! Not a terrible secret at all. My family would go bonkers without it during the winter especially. Maybe basic for the spring-fall but we don't cut back because of the sports and my HGTV appreciation!

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