Thought Provoking Thursday
Thought Provoking Thursday's goal it to offer a new-ish perspective to saving on necessary items aside from our grocery and household needs. Each week I will bring an idea to the table to share how I personally tackle areas of my own family's spending. I am hopeful that my faithful readers will feel the freedom to offer more advice through comments below each post.
It has been nearly a year since our family cancelled cable.
About a year a go my husband lost his job, and so we immediately began trimming the non-essentials out of our spending. One of our first items to trim was our cable TV. Our Internet and cable (plus DVR rental) bill was about $110/month. Cable, which seems like such an American 'standard' was actually very easy to forgo- especially at $60/month! (We did keep our Internet connection since my husband is a computer programmer and I'm addicted to blogging!)
Since we had relied almost exclusively on our DVR for watching our favorite shows, we easily exchanged cable for a $9 monthly subscription to Netflix.
Netflix is actually pretty amazing! In exchange for our $9/month membership, we are able to enjoy 1 DVD out at a time, PLUS we have access to 90% of our favorite shows instantly available online AND many (if not all) of Netflix's movies are now available online instantly!
My husband purchased a $40-ish device which allows our XBox 360 to connect *wirelessly* to our Internet, making our Netflix membership as similar to us as our DVR had been!
We also have an older computer accessible to our TV for our shows that are not available through Netflix but on Hulu.com. Anytime we want to watch a show or a movie, we have instant access right through our remote and TV!
We are happily spending $9/month for MORE (movies) than we were receiving through cable at $60/month.