Monday, March 17, 2014

Goodbye Cable TV

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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23 comments :

Kathe said...

Mr. B and I are in negotiations about cutting cable. I hate the cost but also hate losing my fav. channels.

MrsAguila09 said...

We don't have cable but do have internet and have been very much so thinking of adding cable but the cost is ridiculous. We do have Netflix though. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha said...

I keep going back and forth from cable to dish and have found that since I am a home bound person that I enjoy having my regular shows to watch.

If I could get out of the house and be active like a normal person I would not have it and save the money.

My husband likes to watch the science channel and how it's made. My daughter likes to watch Hallmark with me.

I have a 2 year contract and will see if it was worth it and whether I'll keep it after my agreement is up.

katiecupcakes said...

I cut cable to save on costs for about two years after I moved, but really missed my shows! So I had to get it back, and I don't think I could go without again!! Bad TV is my greatest guilty pleasure!

La Vie En May said...

Oh no! It's a good decision though. The weather is warming up as well, so it'll probably get easier since there's much more outdoor activities going on. I highly recommend getting Netflix if you and your family really can't do without cable. It's only $8 a month and you can split the bill with like 4 other people.

Louida Martin said...

I agree, try Netflix so you don't miss your programming. And also you can watch your shows on the go.

Francesca said...

When we lived on campus, we had free cable. We didn't sign up for it when we moved, but we've still wasted plenty of times watching movies and shows on Netflix, Hulu, and networks' websites. We have more control over what we watch, though (or at leas, my children and I do; my hubby will watch almost anything!).

Hena Tayeb said...

that is great. we have been thinking about cutting our cable for sometimes now.. hopefully soon

Kristin Aquariann said...

We canceled DirectTV over a year ago and haven't regretted it once, thanks to Hulu Plus and Netflix, which combined only costs $15.98. :D

Lulu Abruzzo said...

We're cutting back too. We don't use enough channels, or watch enough tv to justify it!

Natalia Khon said...

Good for you! And thank you for sharing! Good motivation is contagious :) I will go check Netflix too (thanks to all comments!)

Debbi Huntington said...

we haven't had cable in years....more than a decade actually. we have a large antenna on our roof and get an enormous amount of local channels, and just recently started to get Netflix and Hulu, for under $15 a month. We love it.
Debbi

Denysia Yu said...

We don't have cable at my house. Right now all I have is netflix, and that's actually a good substitute for cable! :)

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Jennifer Humphries said...

We just slashed a ton off of our bill too. We kept Disney, but lost quite a few other channels. We survived pretty well because we already pretty much use Netflix. Good for you on starting the 30 day challenge!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

The prices are ridiculous! Our cable is linked in with our internet bill - and I *can't* lose that! You might just find you like life better without TV anyway! :)

Nicole Sanford said...

This is great! I think everyone spends too much time in front of the TV. Replacing TV time with family fitness is wonderful. You've officially inspired me!

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Risa Bledsoe said...

We actually have never had cable in our house. We keep the internet because I need it for school and we subscribe to Netflix streaming. That's way cheaper than cable and we can choose what we want to watch at any time. Kudos to you on the 30 day challenge. I need to start up my exercising too.

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

We still have cable but honestly, we don't watch much TV anymore thanks to Netflix. I wouldn't mind downgrading our cable over the summer, just to see how it went.

imee said...

I personally think that it's a good way to cut on bills. I haven't had any TV for half a year now and I'm doing just fine without it.

Leslie said...

Good for you! I would totally cut cable, but the Husband wants nothing to do with it. He’s too dependent on Red Zone in the fall! We would probably look first at the budget for eating out and for the random things we tend to buy on Amazon Prime.

Nicci said...

Way to go getting rid of cable! We just have local channels too, and we do just fine.

Stuart Cookney said...

Good luck with the challenge :)

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