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How Much Do You Pay for Cable?

Friday, October 19, 2012

I used to have cable service from the only company that was in my area at the time. To say I was not impressed with that company is an understatement—then they began to raise prices and take away the stations I really liked!! AND I began to realize that the internet service was slow as molasses. I wanted and needed a change!!

My phone service (landline and cell) was always with Verizon-so when they were allowed to come into the building and install Fios where I lived—I signed up immediately. One bill, TV, Internet, WiFi, Landline and Cell phone—and for the next few years the price wasn’t that bad—but now it is off the roof! I am actually struggling to pay it and am considering dropping the TV part since I really don’t watch very much. But to live without it entirely-I don’t think so. Maybe switch to a prepaid cell since I really never use it-keep it with me for emergency purposes. (of course I never seem to keep it charged!)

My Mom swears by the company she uses—and loves it. I think she has everything I have minus the WiFi-which truthfully I do not use. Of course an e-reader is definitely on my wish list and have entered just about every giveaway-no luck yet. She has a Kindle and goes to where there is free WiFi to download books-there really are a lot of places you can go.

I think I am seriously going to have to do some research here. Make up a spreadsheet comparing one company to the other and see what happens. Then go and see what others have to say about the various services and prices. It is possible that I may be better off paying separate bills for distinct services.

So now—I’m keeping my eyes and ears open—for a cheaper way. If anyone knows of one please let me know!

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Happy Gardening, Kim said...

When you find one, let me know. I have exactly what you have and my bill is around $200/mo. I would love to reduce that bill!!! It's the price we pay for entertainment, I guess.

Sherryl Wilson said...

Make sure you share your findings! I think this has become one of the major expenses in a lot of homes. Our cable was just bought out by Time Warner so we are expecting a major jump.

Unknown said...

I think they all screw you, no matter who you go through. I used to have Comcast and had problems with my bill EVERY month. I now have U-Verse and it is still expensive. I guess that is the price you pay for entertainment!

Unknown said...

Okay, we pay the cable company about 60 dollars a month. For that we get what's called broadcast basic, all the major networks plus a couple of extras like WGN and ION. That also includes our internet service. If you have almost any type of video game system you can stream Netflix through that for 8.99 a month. We also picked up a Roku for the other TV so that the kids can play their games in the other room while we stream a movie.

For phone service we bought an Ooma. You can't use this if you don't have cable internet so it helps justify the web. Once you've got the ooma your calls are free. The downside is the up front cost is about $200 dollars but there is a referral code (WOK8626) that will take $40 dollars off and pay for the shipping. Once that's in place all you pay is taxes. Our monthly bill with them is under 5 dollars.

Shoot me a note if you have questions and I'll help if I can.

Unknown said...

By the way, we have an old tv, nothing fancy at all. As long as you have those three little plugs, I think they're red, yellow and white, you can do a roku

Vesper said...

we gave up television and therefore cable a year ago - don't miss it all

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Lisa Weidknecht said...

We have 100 or so channels and I pay about $60 a month. It's worth it to be able to watch NASCAR.

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

I pay more than I would like for cable but hubby can not give up his channels

smashbravo said...

We used to pay $97 for cable, internet and phone. As of 5 months ago it wen up to $110. But we have 5 tv's hooked up so there are a few extra charges per set but this is our most expensive bill and I hate its guts. You can probably cut back if you do a prepaid cell and not the one with minutes. Get the ones that are unlimited. In our area those are $40-$50 per line. Since we have a plan me and the girls pay $90 for three phones. But they aren't smart phones, just regular ones. It's getting hard figuring out where else we can cut back isn't it?

Danielle S said...

I am another one who has given up of TV, cable, satellite over 20 years ago now. When I sit and watch something at my mother's home, I am disgusted with the near pornographic images that are just in the commercials. We pick and choose what we like to watch from Netflix or from YouTube. We don't miss TV at all, and plus, we save a bundle.

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