photo credit: Taro the Shiba Inu
I have mentioned before that our family has been considering canceling cable. Some of you responded by encouraging me to go for it and cancel the cable.
Well, we finally did it! Is it a tiny bit sad that our four year old wanted to hug the cable boxes before the cable guy took them? Looks like we are cutting the cord none too soon.
We have actually lived quite a charmed life when it comes to cable. We had one step up from basic years ago, then went down to basic, but all the channels still came in. A few times a technician stopped out for something or another and I pointed it out, but he said, “Just enjoy it, we don’t have the capability to remove them just yet.” So for just $55 we enjoyed broadband internet and a decent selection of cable channels.
About 18 months ago, the cable company finally caught up to all of us enjoying these extra channels and made it so boxes were required. Not willing to cut out the cable just yet, and willing to pay the low introductory price, we signed up for the channels. Our bill went up to $80 a month. About once every six months, the introductory rate expires and we have to call and try to get a better rate, threatening to cancel usually gets them to offer up a better rate.
A couple of months ago must have been another introductory rate expiration, because our rate went to $137, then to $167 the next month. Yikes! Just to veg out in front of the TV? I was motivated to take action.
I was honestly tired of calling and trying to haggle a better rate. I was also tired of watching my kids watch TV. They are fairly active, but more than I care to admit, I would find myself having to turn it off in order to get them to do something more active. I also was guilty of zoning out instead of going to bed myself, a habit that I was having a hard time shaking. Plus, when I did want to watch TV, as luck would have it, most of what I wanted to watch was not on at that time, anyway. And I did not want to invest in a DVR and the related service fees on top of what I was already paying.
We have now been without the cable for more than a month now (just basic and our internet, back to $55). The TV has been off more than usual – a nice turn of events. In addition, our Netflix is getting more use and the kids have found some really good, new to them, shows to watch.
So far, so good.
I know some of you don’t have all those cable channels – any thoughts on how it works for your family? Or, maybe (and I pass no judgement) you have thought about it, but just aren’t ready? What holds you back?