Friday, January 18, 2013

There's a Reason Its Called a Boob Tube

I'm still around. I just haven't been in the studio much lately. I broke my New Year's resolution to refrain from purchasing more art supplies for 6 months. I really have plenty of supplies to last a long time but there were just too many good sales to pass up! Some of my purchases have arrived but I just piled in the studio and I seem to be hibernating in front of the TV.

And speaking of budgets.... I put myself on a strict 'play money' budget awhile back, but along with some tax changes, both real estate and the federal tax, I'm feeling a pinch in the household budget too. So I was trying to find ways to cut back. When I moved from the country to the big city in 2005, I got myself in the mindset that I 'had to' have cable TV. I really enjoy using a DVR to record some series shows and thought I could not live without it. The complex I live in only has two options for regular cable and I didn't want to deal with a dish setup for several reasons (and still no cheaper). The cheapest cable company, which I've had for several years, just announced another increase. I decided enough was enough. It is pretty stupid for a one person household to have a cable/internet bill of $115/month.

So I have spent this week trying to get ready to pull the plug. (I need to be weaned from this..LOL.). I found a 4G wireless internet provider that has a service for $35/month with no contract. I got this going this week. Then I bought a streaming video device for access to NetFlix, Hulu Plus, etc... and then I got my TVs setup to receive the 'over the air' local channels. For some reason, I forgot there IS free TV - !!! DUH. I guess all those years living in the country far away from the broadcast channels made me stupid (or it could be the years watching the boob tube!). I now live so close to the local broadcast channels, that I get them perfectly!

I want to spend the weekend checking the speeds on this new setup, and if it continues to work as well as it did this week, I will call the cable company on Monday and cut the cord!! Imagine the difference in cost - $115 before, to $35... and even if I pay for Netflix and Hulu Plus for about $16 it will still be less than half the cost of cable with internet!

Then maybe I can get myself in the studio more while it is cold because before you know it, it will be Plein Air season!!

1 comment:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

At one time we have tried both the Dish and direct tv. We finally decided most of what we were paying for wasn't worth watching anyway and have never looked back. We now watch what-ever either live stream or Netflix. Love it.