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Stillworking

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Cut the cable
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:31:41 PM »
Cut the cable last weekend. Have thought about this before (mostly to see if i needed the tv), but this blog/forum and my desire to erase my student loan dept finally got me over the hump. My wife is not super excited; but has been supportive and understanding since our family will grow to 4 later this year. Luckly OTA TV and free HULU can replace some of shows she is giving up.

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Re: Cut the cable
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013, 06:06:33 AM »
I worried about dropping sat/cable also, but after 1.5 years, I still don't miss it.  Kids miss it some, but I don't miss the "I want this...I want that.." you get with Sat/Cable tv.

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Re: Cut the cable
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 06:32:35 AM »
I think the cost-benefit of this will vary based on the person: Someone who replaces the entertainment they used to get from satellite/cable with more frequent visits to the cinema will probably end up having increased their expenses. Someone who replaces the entertainment they used to get from satellite/cable with reliance on entertainment sources that they explicitly favor less will probably also end up having made a poor choice. The reason why satellite/cable costs so much, today, is that it actually provides a remarkably good value. It could be a better value - surely - but sometimes it seems that some people are cutting their nose to spite their face in cutting the cord, especially given that there are other high expenses they incur (smartphone data service, cigarettes, liquor, expensive hobbies like skiing, nights out on the town, etc.) that provide less bang-for-the-buck.

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Re: Cut the cable
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 01:50:06 PM »
It could be a better value - surely - but sometimes it seems that some people are cutting their nose to spite their face in cutting the cord, especially given that there are other high expenses they incur (smartphone data service, cigarettes, liquor, expensive hobbies like skiing, nights out on the town, etc.) that provide less bang-for-the-buck.

I am far from mustachian, as evidenced by the clown truck i drive. Cutting the cable was partly to lower expenses, but also wanted to see how much i would miss it. It's only been a week and i do think i have been a little more productive with my time, while not missing anything yet. As for other expenses, i have never had a smartphone data plan, i don't smoke, and money spent on beer has decreased since decreasing the amount of money spent out on the town.

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Re: Cut the cable
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 04:49:06 AM »
Congrats, I plan on making the same move myself however I do think that the biggest barrier will be the wife. The kids seem to watch most of thier TV on Netflix anyway.