After the world of television went digital in June of 2009 you had no choice but to pay for cable or get an antenna to watch your favorite programs or any programs for that matter. Our family, like thousands of others were already hooked on cable or satellite so payed no attention to the up coming changes. In fact, we wondered why anyone in their right minds would still not have cable in the home! Not only had we drunk the kool-aid but loved the flavor and asked for more.
Over the past several years we saw our cable bill increase, and like may of you complained about it. There were even a few times we had called the cable company and asked why things were getting so expensive. All we got were excuses about new state taxes and their costs going up so they had to pass them along to us. The last time I called my cable company they tried to sell us, and then force us into bundling services. That bundle would have cost us more than we were currently spending and then make us pay for services we were not even using! So we did what many of you have probably done, switch to the competitor. For two years we were under contract and locked into our introductory prices, and we were happy to have a cable bill that we considered to be reasonable at only $30.00 a month for the first year and then $40.00 for the second year.
When our contract for our satellite services ended our bill more than doubled and is now $88.75 for basic TV. That is no fancy channels like HBO or Starz, that is no sports package or even HD channels it is for the bare bones local channels! To us it is absolutely crazy to be spending that amount of money on something we used to get for FREE!
So at the end of this billing cycle we are going to be cutting the cable cord, does that mean we are going Amish and giving up our TV? Absolutely not, read my next post and find out how we plan to enjoy all the things we are used to but pay a fraction of the cost!
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