Fast forward a few years... The plan is in place for me to quit my job and be a stay-at-home Mom. This leads to some radical new behavior taking place to cut some costs and start saving money like the dickens.
Fast forward 2 more years... Out radical behavior paid off huge. We haven't had cable TV since then, my final magazines are still trickling in, but none have been renewed, and I can't remember the last time I hit up Blockbuster for some evening entertainment. Are they even still in business? That's about $80.00 per month saved on the cable bill (we still pay about $60.00 per month for the wicked-mega-fast cable Internet), about $20.00 per month on magazines (this includes subscriptions and impulse buys at the check-out counter. I had a problem.), and about $25.00 a month for weekly DVD rentals at the video store (not including the gas to drive there).
Here's how I cope with the loss...oh, wait, I didn't loose anything...I just get it for free now. OK, so here's how I get my cheap entertainment:
The Talk. This show is my guilty pleasure.~Cable TV... The entity called the World Wide Web that you happen to be using to read this very blog post, is also a goldmine of free television programming. Almost every major network has yesterday's episodes available on their websites for free. In the 2 years since cutting out "normal" TV, we've only found one drawback...The Survivor winner is always leaked to us before we have a chance to watch the final episode.
One of my favorites. So glad their website rocks. RealSimple.com~Magazines... The same electronic box we use to view our favorite shows on for free is also home to an over-abundance of magazine content. Every single magazine I used to buy or subscribe to has a ridiculous amount of their content on their websites. The entire publication isn't duplicated for free on their site, because that would just be commercial suicide for the company, but a great deal of it is available. And once my final subscriptions have finally run out, and I don't have the magazine in my hand to compare to, how on Earth am I ever going to know what they left out online that I could be getting from the glossy pages?
So, let's recap... I'm a dork, but it saves us mad money. What we used to spend on TV, Internet, magazines, and DVD rentals: $185.00 per month. What we spend now: $64.00 per month. As my dad would say, "Same thing, only different."
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