Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Increasing Prices

Groceries, cable, internet, water, gas...the prices of everything are going up. This is not a problem if your income is rising at the same time. If your income is not increasing, then you may be in a bit of a bind.

I just got the bill for our cable. We have basic. When we first got cable 2 years ago, we got a bigger plan. It had the Disney channel! Our bill for cable, internet and phone ran around $90. It started inching up until for some reason our bill was $120 a month.

We decided to get rid of what we didn't need. With 2 cell phones, a landline wasn't necessary to us. Then we reduce our cable to basic where it's been ever since. Then this past month, the cable bill went up by $4.

$4 is not much, but when it's a 33% increase, then to me that's a lot!!! So it's time to revisit whether cable is worth having. When deciding, you need to look at everything, not just the savings. If we dropped cable we'll save over $120 a year. We will, however, have to get a digital box (can be fairly inexpensive) and I believe an antenna because of where we live. So we need to look at the cost of that, plus installation.

I'm not sure yet, if we'll keep cable. We honestly don't watch a whole lot of TV. And the shows we do enjoy (Amazing Race & Castle) can be seen online the next day. What is hard to do is watch the news on the laptop when there's a tornado warning, but there's live streaming everything. It's nice to have the option, but if the budget can't handle the increased cost...then it goes!

Life on a budget and I have a love/loathe relationship hehe.


  1. We used to have cable and a landline, but did the same thing because we didn't use either that much. We actually have Netflix! (we have an xbox, but it also works for a Wii) It's awesome, because they have a lot of movies to choose from and popular tv shows. You also get DVDs mailed to you that don't have a live-streaming option and that's unlimited. I think we pay $9 a month!! We also have an antenna. It came in handy when I wanted to watch the news with that last tornado warning we had!

  2. I'm cancelling it the first part of next week! =) It's unanimous. And by that I mean my choice lol. We do have Netflix on the Wii. We just recently discovered all of the cartoons that the kids love are on there!!

  3. Hahaha! I love it! :D Yeah, we use our Netflix all the time. I am so glad they added Glee! haha!