SoBo Mama's Tips & Tricks

{October 22, 2017}   Doing (away with) the Dish

The House of Cheaptitude has multiple man-sized televisions.  They’re wall- mounted and all fancy.  One came as a barter Grizzly did for a remodel and one came with my living room furniture, so we’ve had them for almost ten years.  They’re starting to get funky but I refuse to replace them as long as there’s a little life left in them.

Last spring, we started doing family movie night on Sundays. I have a DVR/VCR hooked up in my room that was just collecting dust.  It gave us time to unwind after busy weekends, reconnect as a family, etc.  We’d go to the nearest Redbox, pick a movie, then go to the dollar candy aisle for popcorn and snacks.  It was a nice thing while it lasted.

A cheap night is a good thing. I’ve been working on tightening our financial belt for a while now.  Our satellite bill is disgusting. It was over $100 a month and we didn’t watch half the channels.  I downsized our package, which only saved $8, and there was only one channel left I liked (Discovery).

With our Central Air kicking the bucket, satellite started looking like an unnecessary extravagance.  So we’ve let it go.  Grizzly hates it.  He’s always had cable or satellite, except the early years of our marriage.  The kids hate it because they can’t watch wrestling and their teeny bopper drama shows.  We’ve seen almost everything in Redbox and purchased all of the good DVDs in the clearance bin.

I think, although it’s unpalatable, they’re adjusting.  Monkey #2 is working a lot more on her animation and Monkey #1 has been working his first job, so he doesn’t have time for TV.  Grizzly goes to the pool room or BWW with Dimples to watch football.

And I’m rediscovering movies I have not watched in years.  Last week I read 2 books I never had before.

How far will you go to save a buck?



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