As I told you guys last month, James and I are trying to pay off our car loan before the mileage on the car equals the loan amount. This means we are going to get really serious about our expenses and cut our costs.
Our first step was to cut an unnecessary expense… Cable!
Before we even purchased our new van we had decided to cut cable. We just were not using it enough to justify the cost. Plus, I noticed that Cakey was constantly asking to watch TV, which bothered me.
We originally got cable because I wanted it. You see, back when Pie had colic and I was up all night, I hoped that the TV would capture Cakey’s attention long enough for me to nap. Of course, this plan didn’t work out quite the way I hoped, as my little mama’s girl wouldn’t watch TV without me in the room.
Shortly after Pie’s colic ended I suggested that we cut cable. However, we convinced each other to keep it because we liked watching TV together.
Fast forward a few more months and BAM! it hit us. We were justing watching TV to watch tv.
We had a handful of shows that we considered “must watch” but the rest we just watched because it came on. Or in my case because I wanted some noise going even when the girls were in bed and James was working late.
When all our “must watch” shows ended in December we got really used to not watching TV. When they came back on in January, we started picking a night to catch up via the DVR. After we moved we cut our “must watch” list back and ended up with only four shows.
A few more months go by and I kept suggesting to James that we should cut cable. I stopped letting the girls watch TV and once a day while I was getting dinner ready I put in a DVD. After a few days, Cakey quit asking to watch TV and instead looked forward to picking out a DVD to watch. Finally after the van started breaking, James disconnected the cable box and turned it in. And you know what? None of us miss it. Well, actually, we do miss being able to tell what time it is easily but that will be remedied with a clock sooner or later. 🙂
James and I use Hulu to watch the TV shows we want to watch on our time. We are even considering buying a few seasons on DVD and skipping the commercials. The girls get to watch one DVD a day, usually an hour or less in length. Once a week Cakey gets to stay up and watch a longer movie with us.
Cutting cable has saved us $180 between April and May. We added that $180 to our car payment plus all the off-duty and overtime pay James got in May. This allowed us to make a payment of $1400 which was more than three times our monthly payment! Cut cable save money!
Have you cut the cord with cable? How do you cut costs to save money?
Have a blessed day!
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