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May 17, 2006


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Or better yet, give up TV completely. You'll be lest tempted to buy crap you don't need and will have more time for quality-of-life things like reading, exercise and boardgames w the kids.

Good point, Dave. You've been talking to my wife, haven't you? ;-)

We only get cable during football season, and we go for the $10 local channel package that gives us the local networks and a few other channels that we can't get in very well through the aerial.

The same could be said for local phone service. Most people have home phone service (land lines) plus they carry a cell phone. Why not just use the cell phone? Or.. switch to a VoIP telephone service. We switched to one that is $199/year for unlimited local and long distance service... we've saved over $500 on just local service alone.. no telling how much in long distance we're saving, plus we're calling home, and talking to relatives a lot more now too. Bringing the family closer. Just my two cents. :-)

You saved $500 on local service alone? Is that over a couple of years? It's not annually, is it? If it is, you were paying waaaaaaaay too much for local service to begin with.

Blaine --

I long for cable during football season...but I know it would take so much time away from my family. I settle for the re-caps on the web the next day. ;-)

I am not a big television watcher. I watch it from time-to-time, but I could live my life without a TV in the house.

My wife, on the other hand, has her favorite programs, and doesn't like to miss them. I'm the one who pays the cable bill, though, and it's $65 a month. $65 a month! (We have a digital hi-def package.)

It's been about a year since the last time I tried to convince her to give up cable. I wonder if she'd consider it now. I could offer to take on the Netflix bill (which would still save me $40/month) and to buy any of her must-see programs from the iTunes Music Store.

$65 a month! That's $780 a year. Oh my goodness...

We were not going to get cable, but when cox came to set up our cable internet they said they would throw in 25 channels of cable TV for free. Might be something to look into if you are in a cox area.

Another no-tv vote here. It draws away too much time, which can be better spent... um, commenting on web sites. :)

Seriously though, I hold out hope that broadcasters get hip to direct to consumer sales of programming via the Internet. This way I can get my Tour de France fix in July without the yearly debate about the merits of cable TV.

This has been a subject of interest in my household of late. My wife and I have talked about and looked into getting cable. We both agree it cost too much and the money saved is better socked away. However I am missing out on most of the current NBA playoffs. But I will not budge. I think.

I just wrote a post on this yesterday. In my opinion, cable tv is just one of those unnecessary services that you're supposed to have. If you don't have cable it's like a stigma against you.

I'm saving myself $50 a month by canceling my cable TV (kept the internet though because I don't think I can live without it :))

Unfortunately, I could never live without my TV and cable. I would go get a second job before giving them up. I know that isn't good, but that is how it is.

You're preaching to the choir, FMF. I've never had cable. I miss it only when the Olympics are on.

FMF- A friend of mine cancelled his cable when he did the math. He just buys his "Must watch" TV shows on DVD when they come out- it may cost 50 bucks for the season, but it's far less than the cable over a year and he gets to watch them minus commercials! If she watches the more popular shows, it may be worth a look.

I have only had cable twice in my life: In the college dorm, where it came with the room, and at one apartment complex I lived in that came with "free" cable. While I enjoyed it, I cannot imagine spending 500-800 dollars a YEAR on it.

My husband and I gave up TV for a year once. That actually worked out pretty well. We would have kept going, except we got a roommate, and he watched TV, and it just kind of kept going...we should give it up again. Hmmm.

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