Paid television service. Time Warner Cable has a monopoly in our area, so rates are astronomical. Satellite rates aren’t much better: there are only a handful of companies, and while they offer great introductory rates, they balloon out of control after a year or two. Ditto for Uverse, so we decided to heck with it all. Our favorite shows are available through a digital antenna, streaming online through the network website, or through Roku and Apple TV apps (which are cheaper per month than cable or satellite, and can easily be activated and deactivated. We were paying a lot of money for something that we weren’t using. Cutting the cord was one of the best decisions we made.
Our land line. We really wanted smart phones, but something had to give for us to afford it, so we said goodbye to the landline. We rarely used it anyway, so having that and cell phone service really was a duplication that we couldn’t afford. Plus, it’s great not having to check an answering machine every time we come home, or to be responsible for returning calls since people can reach us anytime, anyplace. Honestly, I’m surprised anybody has a land line anymore. In fact, I think it’s more likely that land lines will become obsolete than paper books, which leads me to my next item:
Hardback books. They’re outrageously expensive, and my phone or Kindle are a lot lighter than a 600 page hardback tome. Forget it! Ebooks are cheaper and more convenient because you can synch across devices – plus, the Kindle is easier to read on than a phone or paper book. I’ll occasionally read a paperback book, but I’ve converted to ebooks 98% of the time, and I’m not wearing out my bank account or arms with a hardback again!
Going out to eat on Friday nights. We realized a few years ago that we were getting take out for dinner after work on Friday’s, which was a waste. If we’re going to eat at home, why not cook and save the meal out for a day when we feel like going out? We decided to cook a quick, easy meal (often in the crock pot) for Friday supper, and go out for lunch on Saturday or Sunday. It’s perfect: we can some straight home from work and relax instead of battling more crowds at restaurants or drive-thru’s after we’re tired from a week of work. Plus, eating out for lunch is cheaper than supper, so we save money. Invest in a crock pot, and learn how to work it for Friday dinners. It can be quicker than takeout if you plan meals wisely.
Travel. While it was interesting to see more of the country during my few years of work travel, I’m glad that season has passed. Most people don’t believe that I don’t care for travel. It’s expensive and stressful. I see travel as an investment that I’d rather make less frequently and with more wisdom so the experience of “seeing the world” and “expanding my horizons” means more to me than simply dashing out the door “because I can.” And what’s so wrong with home that some people want to escape it every chance they get, anyway?
It’s amazing how less can be more, and what you learn about yourself in the process.
That’s all today. Take care. Have a Happy Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.