Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bye, Bye, Cable!

I remember the time when my husband and I could not imagine a life without cable television. We hardly watch movies but we love shows like Bones, Rizzoli and Isles, White Collar, CSI, Castle, NCIS, Criminal Minds and the likes.

Life was good. We did not mind paying almost $200 a month to our cable company. They deserve it, right? They make our life exciting! 

There were times when we felt that television is taking so much of our time but in most cases, we just dismissed the little voice. 

There was only one problem, we are Christians and we knew that we were not being a good steward of our time and money. We knew we had to do something about it. It was a good intention.

Until, of course, God put us in a position where we do not have a choice but to act on our good intention. Our expenses skyrocketed and we lost some of our investment income.

Suddenly, we were in a situation where we had no choice but to reduce our monthly expenses to balance our budget. My husband and I sat down and began identifying things that we do not need.

Guess which made it to the top of the list; cable! Do we really need to spend that much money to be entertained? The answer, a big NO.

My husband called the cable company and tried to negotiate the rate. First, they reduced about $30 dollars from our monthly bill. In return, we will only get basic channels. 

When my husband started surfing the channels, we realized that our wonderful cable company only gave us local channels. Oh, I take that back, there were many other channels. The only problem was, they are broadcasting in languages we do not understand! What a rip-off!

I started searching the internet for antennas. I heard about people using antennas and get the local channels for free. After comparing many kinds of antennas, we decided to try the Ultimate Mohu Leaf indoor antenna. Thanks to You Tube for giving me instructions on how to reprogram our television from cable to Air. 

You will not believe how clear the reception is! The best thing, it is FREE!

From almost $200 a month we now only pay $70 for our internet and home phone. We do need those services.

One important thing that came out of this, we have more time to spend with each other. We now only watch television when we want to see some news.  

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