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#610811 - 07/14/10 07:41 PM Cutting down the Cable Bill
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We had no cable at all until 1999, when with the year 2000 change we wanted to make sure we could watch the events around the world and prepare for any server issues. Both of us were heavily in the tech world at the time. Once we got it, we haven't released it yet.

I think I'm ready to start cutting back on cable. The only for-pay show I watch is True Blood on HBO. I think I would miss True Blood. Could I be happy just waiting for the DVDs to come out and watching it then?

On the other hand, how much money am I paying every month for that one show?? smile
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#610828 - 07/14/10 11:02 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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It's a huge money saver to only watch hulu.com - but then i have to be very careful not to get spoilered on certain shows, since eps come out a week later.

There is a premium version of hulu that is ten dollars a month I am thinking about.

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#611034 - 07/16/10 03:23 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Jilly]
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We just negotiated with Charter cable to chop our cable bill by 30%. Every bit definitely helps!

It took an hour on the phone, well worth it.

We use Charter for the internet service, which I definitely need a high speed connection for. We're now paying about $120/mo for the very solid internet (which is what then powers our Vonage and MagicJack phones) plus the TV channels.

It still seems high to me, but somehow it had skyrocketed to a far higher price once we "fell off a promotional period", so I suppose in comparison I'm happy to have it back "down" to $120. I look at it as a critical core component of my "at home business" - really it's my main expense. It would be as if I was a farmer and this was the cost for all my seeds, animal feed, etc. So it's not something I can really skimp on. I need that net connection as solid as humanly possible.
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#615827 - 08/08/10 10:07 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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How did you convince them? I've never been able to do that.

Do you feel the cable tv part is important to your business or just the internet service?


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#619676 - 08/21/10 10:43 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Jilly]
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They run specials and then they inflate to a high price when the special period ends. So when they were convinced we really were going to abandon them for the various alternatives, they gave us the lowest price again.

Absolutely, with all the sites I run, it's absolutely necessary to be able to watch the latest specials on the Da Vinci Code, etc. because that's how I earn my money smile
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#619822 - 08/22/10 02:59 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Fair enough. i was wondering if you were going to back yourself into a corner with a rationalization, but it does seem in your case that having cable contributes to your income and not just entertainment.

Not that there would be anything wrong with that. smile

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#619823 - 08/22/10 03:01 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Jilly]
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On Friday i drove by a billboard that said i could get cable internet for only 25 a month. I think i pay 50 or 75 now, I am not sure. I know its a lot. So i will have to check into this thing with Cable One, and hope they cover my area, or that it's not part of a 'bundle' pricing.

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#637389 - 10/19/10 12:30 PM Re: Cutting down the Cable Bill [Re: Jilly]
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Okay, that billboard was for Cable One, which is not in my area. Clearwire is also not in my area yet. I did find an ad for a cable internet service that covers my area and is only $36 instead of the $50 i pay NPG...so i need to call the new company and check that out. it would be great to have better speeds and pay less, but i am not sure how to change things out. I don't want a break in my service.

Hmmmm. I will be gone for two weeks in November. Maybe i can use that hiatus to not have service going at all - that might save around $25, if you think about it.

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