Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! I hope you're wearing green. Wouldn't want anyone to be getting pinched all day long. =0)
About two weeks ago, we said goodbye to our cable TV. Cable, Satellite - I consider it the same, anyway. Our service was/is provided by Dish Network and they were scheduling another price increase. Nope. Couldn't do it. Not this time. I had been meaning to pull the plug on the TV for months, and the price increase was the big motivator to get on that phone and make the call. I called and did the downgrade. I kept Dish as our provider, but we have the very lowest option for programming. I couldn't bring myself to take away all of our DVR events. We've got tons of movies recorded, so I opted to keep that while still slashing about $65 off our monthly bill.
Overall, it's been a little bit of an adjustment for the kiddos. You see, our family is big on Disney. All things Disney. I even explained to them while downgrading that, most of the time, we're watching Disney. Seriously, I don't think there was a single day with at least 30 minutes of Disney Channel. There are no other programming packages that offer the Disney channel with a lower price, so we'll just have to do without.
It's really been just fine by me. Sure, we miss some ABC Family shows (I love the comedy Baby Daddy), and we don't have our other favorite networks, like USA and all of its awesomeness with original series shows too. But we'll survive. We had to cut costs somewhere. And I'm still working on downgrading other things too (more on that probably to come in a future post).
Turning off the TV can be such a great thing, though. We're encouraging activity instead, and with spring time and warmer days on the way (not that we've had a shortage of those here in California), getting outside is always a great thing. We'll start taking family walks in the early evenings, I think.
My daughter and I will be starting a new 30-Day Challenge in April. Yeah...We took a bit of a break for the month of March, so we're slacking right now. Terrible, I know. But for April, I'm thinking abs and arms (except I can't really do lots of push ups, because of my wrists, so I'll probably substitute with something else).
I find that 30-Day Challenges are perfect, because they're short term enough to stay motivated and actually get through it. You can find great 30 day challenges at 30 day fitness challenges.
So while we say goodbye to cable TV, we're saying hello to physical and outdoor activity. Two thumbs up! We're saving money on the cable bill and working our way towards a healthier lifestyle with some fitness goals for the entire family.
If you had to cut costs to help the family budget, what is the first thing that you would get rid of?
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