Cutting costs – you can survive without cable television

I’ve been asked a few questions about how I left corporate America to become a housewife.  Specifically, was it difficult to drop from two incomes to one? 

Um, Yes.  Y.E.S.

In all honesty, giving up one of two annual salaries scared the daylights out of me.  In fact, hubs and I both thought it might very well be impossible.  We had obligations, a lifestyle.  Nothing fancy, mind you, but faced with the prospect of having to just…give stuff up…  It didn’t compute.  We needed everything in our monthly budget, didn’t we?

As it turns out, we did not.

So, if you’re reading because you’re a mama who wants to come home, or if you’re just looking to reduce your monthly expenses, I’m happy to share some of the ways we managed to squash our budget to accommodate a single salary. 

First up?  Cable.

Between high-speed internet, basic cable and one premium channel, we were forking over upwards of $130 per month.  We don’t even watch that much television.  Still, letting go of 900 channels and the possibility that something worth watching might be on one of them right now and we’d miss it (anguish!)…  We cut the cord, but it was a dark day in the Being June house.

Lucky for us, we had a Wii and a man with killer negotiating skills.  We picked up Netflix, which we streamed through the Wii, for $7.99/month.  The hubs had a heart-to-heart with our internet provider (which we needed to stream Netflix), and they were gracious enough to work with our budget constraints.  And so we said goodbye to cable television for good.

By the way, out of those 900 channels, you know what I missed?  So You Think You Can Dance.  That’s it.  Netflix offers a gazillion shows, movies, documentaries and a huge library of children’s show.  With this one change, we reduced our spending by almost $100/month.  We’ve since picked up HuluPlus for another $7.99 per month, which we stream through our beloved Roku, and we’ve never looked back.  (What’s a Roku, you ask?  Why, it’s a mystical black box that pulls hundreds of channels out of thin air – at least that’s my non-technical understanding of it.)

So that’s one way we significantly cut our spending, and there’s plenty more where that came from!  I’m thinking a Frugal Friday series might be in order…

Have a great weekend!

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10 thoughts on “Cutting costs – you can survive without cable television

  1. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama June 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I was perfectly happy without cable. When we moved it ended up being only $10/month more to have cable than internet alone. So back to cable we are. I actually preferred it without…

  2. Being June June 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I don’t miss it a bit. Glad you got a good deal! Out here, Comcast is our only option…and they know it 😉

  3. cindyonrhinebeck June 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

    So, $7.99 and $7.99 equals about $16 a month, throw in taxes, etc. and you’re paying $200 a year. You have two other choices. For one, you could just put up an antenna and watch all the TV you want for free, which would include that dancing show you miss so much. (digital TV’s only, otherwise you’d have to buy a $40 transverter which a while back was free from out govt) OR, you could switch to satellite, Dish TV which is only $19.95 a month (just four bucks more than what you are paying now) and get your basic stations plus a few cable shows thrown in for free. Duh? (it’s called ‘the family package’) I mean really, why do people think they have to suffer? Just be happy with less. Did you really NEED those 900 channels????? I think 160 should suffice.

    • Being June June 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Cindyonrhinebeck. What happened to your blog? You piqued my interest then my hopes were dashed when I clicked over. Whatever the case, thanks for providing such detailed information and for livening up my little blog.

      • cindyonrhinebeck June 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        what wrong with my blog? sometimes the linkbacks don’t work. must be a word press thing:
        http://cindyonrhinebeck.wordpress.com/

        see if that works. and see if DishTV will help you or get an antenna. I do both.

      • Being June June 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        Got it. My first click gave me a giant banner that read “Cindyonrhinebeck is no longer available. Author has deleted the blog.” Or something to that effect. Neighbors tell me DishTV is next to useless out here (we’re pretty rural). But an antenna…that we can do.

  4. cindyonrhinebeck June 26, 2012 at 12:30 am Reply

    June, I live in the mountains and my neighbors are cattle and horses. We can ONLY get satellite TV. Good luck. Keep us posted.

  5. ahumblevessel June 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply

    We got rid of satellite about 2 years ago and we have missed a few things, but for the most part, we survive just fine 🙂

    • Being June June 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, ahumblevessel! It’s encouraging to hear about people being “happy with less.”

  6. Katie Glenn September 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm Reply

    I got rid of cable years ago and now that they converted the over the air channels to digital, I can just plug my cable cord in and I get all of the basic network channels for free and I’m a happy camper!

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