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May 20th, 2011 at 03:16 pm

Please again reassure me (and DD) that we are not the only folks on the planet without cable TV.

Here's today's story: I've decided to so a systematic evaluation of all our bills and started this morning with the phone bill. We have cheap-o "pay-as-you-go" cell phones, so it was the DSL and home line I considered. I called ATT, and of course, they tried to get me to bundle with a TV package for about $20 more a month than we pay now. But I wanted less, not more.

The call continued and eventually (20 minutes in) they came up with a package that is $25 less than we pay now. I resisted the cable TV package and instead of paying $240/yr more, I think I saved $300. I'm happy and can do without the cable as can DH. DD is another matter!

20 Responses to “I resisted ”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    my husband has amazing reistance and patience with all things phone/internet/TV related. For the last 6 years or so he WEARS them down making 'deals' until the price is where he wants it.

    yet be aware, we changed companies at least 3 times in 10 years (from Direct TV to Dish to cable and back) which results in probably 2 dishes on top of our house which may or may not be in use (wasteful imo). But it makes a BIG difference if you are willing to walk away from a company. HANG UP and they almost always come back with a lower offer.

    (btw this works EVERY TIME for the membership stores such as costco or sams. We are proof).

    YES the companies will reduce the price, don't go for their up front suggested rates.

    though we do have the 'cable' it is a a bundle with our internet. but you are NOT the only ones.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Definitely not alone.

    I think not having cable is far more rare these days. Our parents never had it before, but do now, etc. I am actually hard pressed to think of any friends/family in real life without cable - and most are pretty frugal. BUT, times are changing. My dh is really particular about TV quality and availability of shows (of course - TV/film is his passion). BUT, it looks really likely that he is ready to cut the cord. He's always had an internal struggle with the monopolized/ridiculously expensive cable industry and his passions. I think netflix was the swaying factor. Since we have the fiver optic cable, he is pleased with the streaming. It's the streaming that won him over, anyway. Roku (Hulu), netflix and amazon - hallelujah - no more cable!

    I will do a happy dance when it is official!

    The only reason we have had cable as long as we have, is that we had a really reasonable/local cable company initially when we moved here. They got bought out by Comcast a few years ago and dh has been really unhappy since. Lower quality/higher prices. Blech.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    @PCJ - We have never had any luck lowering any prices with any cable company, because we refuse to sign contracts. There is usually that little catch. We have walked away from 2 companies the last 2 years - they wouldn't budge on price without a long-term commitment.

    BTW - I am so annoyed at dh because he got us in a contract with Surewest. Rolleyes I have since talked him into dropping cable - so now we are waiting for contract to end. The service is good, so he was willing to commit for a discount. BUT, so extremely pricey...

  4. snshijuptr Says:

    We don't pay for cable, and we love it. If I might suggest hooking up a computer to your TV and watching shows that way. Between Hulu, Netflix (Instant only $9/month), station websites, and the watch-showname-online.com network, we have no need to purchase television. Tell DD that if she must have cable, she can figure out how to hook up your computer and TV. Additionally it will help her be a bit more computer savvy.

  5. baselle Says:

    No cable here. If I got cable I would never leave the house. Wink. I'm doubly primitive: I use Netflix DVD (the horror!) to catch up on a cable show that I want to see. Now when is the 4th season of Mad Men coming out? Big Grin

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    No cable here for years. We watch plenty of the shows on the network websites. It might be a day or a week behind when they show it on TV, but so what? I much prefer picking the time when I watch and not being saddled to a cable schedule. And everything eventually seems to come out on DVD and be available through Netflix. Just seems silly to me to waste money on cable when there are other ways that are free or cheap.

  7. Jerry Says:

    We don't have cable, either. If we can't find it on the internet we don't watch it, but that is partly because we are overseas. (If you get cable here, you end up with like 15 "adult" channels after 10pm... even some of the normal channels change their programming so there is no insurance of kid-friendly programming, even during the day!) Our internet company keeps trying to lead us to bundle cable and internet and phone, but we only want the internet, and we only use our mobile phones here. You are not alone. Smile Jerry

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Hooray! This is indeed my community. We are already Netflix freaks, and DD has been pleased to find the incredible selection there. My new ATT package has faster DSL too, so that should help. Indeed the minute I told the ATT guy I couldn't decide without DH (such a lie!), he came up with even more cheaper packages.

    I'm a great one for walking away.

  9. patientsaver Says:

    Congratulations. That's very good.

    I know you can watch network shows on DVD, but how can you replace the morning/evening local news? Hard to give up weather every 10 minutes.

    That being said, i pay just $13/mth for basic cable.

  10. marvholly Says:

    You are NOT the only one w/o cable. 25 years ago when my town was wired every other parent thought I was NUTS. Mt statement was:
    I do NOT need cable to encourage myself or my kids to WASTE more time watching tv. To this day I do NOT have cable.

  11. Tabs Says:

    I haven't had cable for years. Don't miss it at all.

  12. My English Castle Says:

    Patient Saver: We don't need cable to get regular network TV--it just comes right through the air!

  13. crazyliblady Says:

    My dh and I have not had cable or satellite tv in about 10 years or so. We don't miss it and, believe it or not, it calms down the "i wannas" where you see a commercial for something and automatically want it. I do not get the i wannas, but my dh does really bad. There is a very good reason why I don't take him grocery shopping. It's kind of like a mother taking a 2 year old shopping and coming home with stuff you don't need. Congrats on saving money. What are you going to with your savings?

  14. crazyliblady Says:

    We use Netflix dvds, instant viewing, and our own dvd collection instead of tv service. It's great because we don't get commercials and we can watch them on our schedule, not theirs.

  15. ceejay74 Says:

    We couldn't completely cut the cost of cable, because basic cable is part of our condo association dues. However, I have made noise about getting rid of the upgrade we got a few years ago. AS and NT won't hear of it. My reason (besides saving a bit of money) is exactly what baselle is worried about--it definitely cuts down on my creativity/productivity. I didn't have TV at all growing up, so it's really hard for me to just ignore it!

    We probably couldn't try other companies either; being in a condo you kind of have to go with the setup they have.

    Many of my friends have given up cable, actually. It seems to be the trend among Minneapolis 30somethings I know.

    I am proud of our cellphone situation though; most of my friends have smartphones, but I insist my family stay on cheapy prepaid phones, and we've gotten the cost of 3 cellphones down to less than $60 per month. We use Skype to call England, and that's probably about $20 per year for weekly calls! Now that we webcam-chat, it's going to be even easier, because that doesn't cost anything through Skype.

  16. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I have not paid for cable in over 4 years (maybe 5?) In fact, I don't even own any televisions anymore. Smile I use Netflix for any tv shows/movies, or watch news videos from CNN, etc. I don't ever see myself replacing my television or paying for cable again. Totally out of the tv habit.

    I will say that tonight when I heard about the tornado in Joplin, MS, I did use my landlady's tv to watch The Weather Channel. But if I didn't have that available to me, I would have just waited for the news websites.

  17. creditcardfree Says:

    No cable here. We rely on netflix for movies and tv shoes. It can be done!

    @baselle: Mad Men season 4 is already out. We borrowed our discs from netflix. Best season yet!! Smile

  18. dmontngrey Says:

    We ditched cable (for the most part) a few years ago. I LOVE it! We still get the major network channels because they are bundled with our internet. DH spends more time watching the channels that come over the air though. I'm still shocked at how much he can find to watch on just a dozen channels...

    I just download Suze Orman each week and listen to music the rest of the time. I'm liking this arrangement so much better! Smile DH misses ESPN, but he's surviving. He can't justify the cost for ONE channel.

  19. snshijuptr Says:

    @dmontngrey & other sports fans:
    Go out to a local pub/pizza joint/any restaurant now-a-days and watch the game there. I've never been a huge sports fan, but I love the energy of watching the game with other interested people. Thankfully my DH only likes watching the Superbowl so we never have too much of a sports & tv problem.

  20. baselle Says:

    @snshijuptr - even better, often pub/pizza joint/restaurant/coffee place specializes in a particular team or sport, so if you follow a team from afar, its a way to connect with the like minded.

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