Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT
Internet phone service doesn't work when then power is out and isn't
always very clear for those of us who have difficutly hearing.
We live in Virginia where hundreds of thousands were without power this week.
Internet providers were also without power for a time. We were without the
internet while providers were down. We have a land line still and were grateful
for it. I'll cut more coupons before I'll loose the land line.
My ceiling fan goes clockwise to pull air up and counter-clockwise to blow air
Using a cell phone for emergencies only can save money. Several carriers offer
1000 minutes a year for only $100. By purchasing a digital TV antennae and
signal booster we were able to discontinue paying for cable.
1. I quit going to movies. Most of them are garbage anyway. When the rare
good one comes along, I buy (or borrow) the DVD.2. I cut way back
on restaurants. Same reason.3. I've never had cable or
satellite TV. Same reason. 4. I ride a bike. The IRS estimates
that the average car costs 50¢ a mile to drive. And every day I don't
drive mine is also a day longer it will last. I save twelve bucks every time I
ride to work instead of driving. 5. This is the big one: I paid
off my credit cards. I was working a month and a half of every year just to
keep up that crushing interest. That last payment felt like taking off a 100
lb. backpack that I'd been carrying for ten years. Changed my life
completely.6. Oh, and $75 to watch a Jazz game? Fuggeddaboutit!
1. Land line - Canceled three years ago.2. Cable - Have the
cheapest package they offer at a cost of $20 per month. Will lower that when
the contract is up by calling to cancel. They will offer a $5 per month
discount.3. Shop the sales, but don't coupon as I don't
take the paper nor have I signed up for the web sites as they are extremely
annoying.4. Wife has extreme allergies, so the windows stay closed
at all times. We run the HVAC fan only continuously to circulate the air. Also
have planted trees around the house to reduce the heat energy that reaches the
house.5. Haven't had a credit card bill carried over since
1986.6. Cannot bike to work as it is 28 miles away. Mass trans. is
about the same as driving, but have a car that gets 38 mpg.7.
Seldom go to the movies, and then to the matinee only.8.
Haven't attended a Jazz game since the 96 (?) strike. I refuse to give the
NBA my money.9. Run outside so no gym membership.10.
Refuse to text or have data plan.
New seasons of Leverage & Warehouse 13 start soon and you recommend cutting
back on Cable? Not going to happen. I have Comcast digital preferred and that is
sufficient.Here's is another idea. Get a pay as you go cell
phone not a "smart phone"... I rarely use my pay as you go cell. That
IMO is $500/yr more that my friends & co-workers are paying that I put
towards something useful... caffeine & books.I traded in my
pickup and got a car & am saving a minimum of $500/yr in gas.
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