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May 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments · life

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I was in the store the other day and I was drawn into a conversation with some ladies about how to cut household expenses. I told them them that one of the best ways I had cut expenses was when my husband and I got rid of cable television. We use to pay about $70 a month or $840 a year for cable. We realized that we didn’t watch it enough to make it worth the expense. We decided to cut back to basic cable which costs $15 a month or $180 a year. In addition, I take advantage of Hulu.com and abc.com to watch programs for free. We also have a lot of DVDs and our friends do as well. We started trading DVDs around, so there is plenty to watch. I no longer have Netflix because I always find something to watch in a friend’s  DVD library or even better our local library has an amazing collection of DVDs.  One lady said that her kids could not live without television and I said, “Yes, they can. Imagine what they could do with the time they are spending sitting in front of the television.”  I am not quite ready to jump to no cable at all, but I have been thinking about it.  What are you doing to save money?

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  • Chantal

    That is so true, I watch local tv, as to 2 hrs a week, only 1 program on sunday night. It’s off the air for the summer. So no tv for me. I don’t enjoy it anymore. My boyfriend, he’s the opposite,he won’t take away the cable , and the first thing he does when he walks in, open the tv. I prefer using my time doing other things. I save money by not having a cell phone, I don’t want it.

  • Margo

    what a great idea. there are so many things that we think we “can’t live without”. And we’re wrong, of course. It’s hard to stand back from things far enough to see, sometimes… but options are there! thanks!

  • Beekers

    I still have a cell phone. My contract is up next year and I am thinking about trading it in for a prepaid. I just don’t use it enough.

  • Jenn

    Eating in versus eating out is the biggest money saver I can recommend. There are websites that teach you how to replicate you’re favorite restaurants’ recipes right at home, which saves a lot of money because you pay only for the raw materials and nothing for the service (if you think about the chef’s and waiters’ and busboys’ wages, plus tips, it adds up to a lot to eat out).

  • Beekers

    Jenn: Eating out is a huge expense. We try to keep dining out to one night a week and that is usually our date night. I am going to do a search for specific restaurant’s recipes. Thanks for that suggestion!

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