Monday, February 23, 2015

Four and Half Years Without Cable!

I was looking back through some old posts and I realized that it has been almost 4.5 years without cable/dish network. How awesome is that?
Here is the link to the original post, I still remember this very clearly. Den was NOT A HAPPY MAN! His exact words were, "I would rather you mutilate my arm than get rid of TV." And look 4.5 years later and his arm is still intact. Oh there have been a few bumps along the road, like the Super bowl. But I said, lets go to a local bar and watch it. I'm nice like that plus all the bars around here have gaming. Ok, it was more about me gambling than about the game but does he really need to know this?
And the nice thing is we have saved $2160 since shutting it off! It makes me wonder what else I can shut off and save money on. Water? Electric? Heating? Our budget is pretty bare bones the only extras are the $30/month health club membership that Den flat out refuses to get rid of or use. We don't have a home phone anymore but we do have the cell phones. The cell bill is about $198/month but when I get the phones paid for it should drop down to $110ish/month. I figure that is pretty cheap since we don't have a home phone and the kids don't have home phones either. I'm not sure how much a month it is for a home phone but it is looking like 4 cell phone lines might be cheaper than having separate home phones.
Have you cut something out? Did it work out or did you turn it back on?
Intact,
Sonya Ann

28 comments:

joe said...

Awesome. I don't have cable either and I don't miss it

Cheapchick said...

I would love to drop cable but hubby has forbade it. We use our landline as one of two business lines so cannot get rid of it - the other is his cell but we live in a dead cell zone where we had to buy a $600 cell phone booster for his office so cells only in this house just would not work. Oh well, we live in paradise so can't complain. We could quit eating and that would have the added bonus of weight loss...but wouldn't last that long, definitely not two years :)

slugmama said...

We cut the cable cord last Sept. It's taken a little adjusting to but I don't sit in front of the tv veggie nearly as much.
And we'll save $840 this year not having that bill.
That's $840 I can spend on something better....like vacations!

Jennifer said...

Yep, us too. We are about 2.5 years out and never going back. A no cable life has so many benefits, is not funny. One of which - NO COMMERCIALS!

Anne in the kitchen said...

I think it is wonderful for you. I would have a mutiny on my hands if I cut the cable. Crazy sports fans live here and cannot function without SEC football. I have to find other things to cut.

Practical Parsimony said...

I switched to MagicJack and kept my home phone number. My home phone was about $27 bare bones. MJ is somewhere around $2.33/month with long distance and everything else that ATT would make me pay for. I cn even take the little MJ plug with me when I travel and still get service wherever I plug it in.

I also have an outside antenna for the tv that my friend put up wrong, so I only get two crummy stations. I can live with that even though it makes me grumpy. that saved $45/month.

Right now, I am trying to figure out how to get rid of wifi--Another $45/month. I need something to boost the library signal or boost my capacity to use the city wifi or the library wife.

Don't get rid of water. My water lines froze due to incompetence of plumbers, so I am without water once again.

Janie Junebug said...

I've cut way back on food. It's good for me and saves money. I'm getting rid of my satellite as soon as I watch the stuff on the DVR. Best decision six years ago was getting rid of the husband. His gambling cost a fortune. He could lose a thousand bucks in one night.

Love,
Janie

We are: Clamco said...

We gave up cable last fall and we dont miss it. We have Amazon Prime ($99 a year) and Huluplus (7.99 a month) and a digital antenna. Between those three things, there's usually always something to watch. We still have to pay for high speed internet though ($67 a month) but we have Tracfones (pay as you go) which cost very little per month, sometimes nothing. I think more and more people are cutting cable, so the internet providers are catching on and giving you a usage limit. It costs more if you go over that limit and if you watch a lot of TV, you will. We opted to pay more each month to double our usage so we don't have to worry about it.

Sonya Ann said...

joe-I think that within the next 10 years home phones and cable will be a thing of the past. But I'm sure that they will find other ways to get in our pockets.

Sonya Ann said...

Cheapchick-No, you probably wouldn't make it 2 years if you didn't eat. But I think that living in such a beautiful place is worth some of the trade-offs. I would!

Sonya Ann said...

sluggy-I think that the $840 will go towards alcohol. Didn't double since the year before? Lush!

Sonya Ann said...

Jennifer-Maybe that is why I post commercials on my blog, I miss them. LOL

Sonya Ann said...

Anne in the kitchen-If you are the only female, you are way out numbered to try cutting the cord!

Sonya Ann said...

Practical Parsimony-We are thinking about getting an antenna but we aren't sure which one to get. We really don't know much about them. We tried one of the new fangled flat square ones and it didn't work at all so I returned it.
We are lucky that our neighbor lets us "steal" her signal. She needs it for work so I'm pretty sure that they pick up the tab.

Sonya Ann said...

Janie Junebug-You are so much better off without your ex. That is just unimaginable, $1000 in one night. He really drug you through hell.

Sonya Ann said...

We are: Clamco-It seems like most people are cutting out what they don't need and cutting down the costs on what they absolutely have to.
Are you happy with Amazon Prime? Our WiFi is sketchy downstairs so I don't think the signal would be strong enough for something like that. We get the kids Netflix for Christmas and I was thinking about getting their passwords just to try it.

Anne in the kitchen said...

We have Amazon prime and Netflix ( Husband accidentally ordered prime and I will not give up Netflix because I am a House of Cards/Orange is the New Black addict) We have internet connection at the lake house for Hubs job so we use it are not great and we have found Netflix loads better than Amazon Prime.
When we are at home there is no difference in the way either load or play.
If you are remotely nerdy ( like I am) you can find some fantastic things to watch on either service. I have become hooked on a couple of PBS serials and now carry my laptop from room to room as I do chores. I am more of a serial listener than watcher, but it works for me . Try the kids passwords, I think you can have 4 users on the account and you can set up your own sub account under theirs.

Jill said...

Awesome savings! Netflix and Amazon Prime are pretty inexpensive and all you need is internet access. Have an awesome day!!

Blessings,
jill

We are: Clamco said...

Yes, I am happy with amazon prime so far. We have a Roku unit and good wifi so it works really well for us.

Janie Junebug said...

Thanks for using drug. I'll try to call it to Andi's attention.

Love,
Janie

Sonya Ann said...

Anne in the kitchen-I am a proud badge wearing nerd!
I'm texting the kids ASAP for all the passwords. I'll give it a try and let you know.
I was thinking about getting Prime, it would be nice to get the free shipping but I was more interested in the movies. DJ ordered prime for himself but I was wondering if it would be a waste for us or not. But we are getting an Amazon distribution center soon so we would get things even quicker.

Sonya Ann said...

Jill-I'm just wondering if I would "lose" Den again to the tv. Or maybe it would be the other way around.

Sonya Ann said...

We are: Clamco-I was wondering if the Roku unit would work downstairs before I bought it. I'm going to try and stream Netflix downstairs on my computer, then a Roku would work, right?

Sonya Ann said...

Janie Junebug-Sometimes its just nice to hear that someone else doesn't think it was their fault.

Jane said...

It's been about 3 years since I pulled the cable plug and replaced it with Netflix @ $8.00 per month. If there is something I HAVE to see, like The Walking Dead, then i use Project Free TV! :) Doesn't work for the Superbowl, however, so I just kept track of the score on my NFL app. Good enough for me!

Sonya Ann said...

Jane-I have never heard of Project Free TV. I keep saying that I'm going to try and see if Netflix works downstairs but I never get to it. Seems we need food or clean clothes all the time and then I get distracted.

Frances said...

I had to go look and it has been 3 years this month since we cut the cable cord. I have not missed it a bit. I thought Hubby would, but not so much. I have told him many times we can get it back if he wants but he said no need.

Last football season, he used his mom's streaming account to watch ESPN. She had cable and it comes with free streaming but she does not have internet and does not want it, so we set up and account to use. She dropped cable recently but Hubby still doesn't need it.

We also have Hulu Plus, but it doesn't cost us anything as I posted my referral code on my blog a couple of years ago and I got enough referrals to keep us in Hulu Plus for the next 30 years I think.

We DO pay for Amazon Prime, but I love it for the free 2 day shipping. We order from Amazon a lot. LOL!

There is a new service called SlingTV that is streaming and costs $20/month with no contracts. We might sign up for that for next football season.

We have a couple of Rokus and they work great for us.

Sonya Ann said...

Frances-It just kills me to pay for something that we aren't going to use. That said, Den really misses sports. I'm thinking about getting something but I'm not sure what yet. Either Amazon Prime or maybe the ESPN or maybe I'll just be really cheap and use the kid's Netflix account. As you can see I'm not in a hurry to add a bill to the mix. DO you order food from Amazon? I've heard that can really cut back on your bills.