I had the standard cable double play package. 25 Mbps of download speed and about 100 cable channels. From time to time I would look at the cable box thinking, why? Why do we pay for cable? I only watch about 5 channels, and even then I watch them because they are there, not because I really like to. My wife has a couple of shows she likes, but my kids (ages 5, 8, and 9) hardly watch the TV. They are always glued to the iPads watching “YouTubers.”
My older daughter watches YouTube videos about applying makeup. My younger daughter watches videos of toys being opened. As for my son, well, he will watch anyone talking about Minecraft or Clash Royale. My wife and I find the videos that the kids watch absolutely PAINFUL, but the kids love them. They are family friendly and they are free, so I guess I should be thrilled they want something free. So, that brings me back to my original point. Why do I have this box draining my electricity, collecting dust, and taking up space? Plus I pay for the luxury of having this box? I started thinking of how to approach the subject with my family.
And then it happened. I work for a Fortune 100 company that has always treated me well, and I recently switched to working from home almost exclusively. I thought life couldn’t get any better than this. I get out of bed, mosey down to my office, and begin to work. No gas, no tolls, no commute time; this was perfect! It couldn’t be better right? Wrong! I got a message one day saying that, because I am now officially a remote employee, the company will pay for my internet bill! Not only that, but they will pay for me to upgrade to a 100-Mbps connection! I think only word can describe how I felt: giddy!
At that point I had to come up with my super strategic plan to get my family off the box. I came up with the idea to simply unplug the box from the TV and see how this goes. When one of the kids asked why the TV doesn’t work, then I could evaluate their reaction to the situation to see if I was asking for World War 3. All I had to do was wait for one of them to notice. So, I waited a few days. Then a few more. Nothing! Not even a peep from them! They didn’t even notice! It wasn’t until they saw it packed in a shopping bag to go back to the cable company did anyone ask. Even then, the only question was if the Internet would still work. I dropped off the box that very day with a smile on my face. The cord had been cut.
I still had some fear of an entertainment void, so in addition to Amazon Prime and Netflix, which we already had, I also signed up for Hulu and the WWE app. Btw, if wrestling is big in your house, the app is really cheap for all the content you get. As it turned out, Hulu really wasn’t for us, so I decided not to renew my service. But, to this day, the kids have never even mentioned not having cable. To be honest, I don’t even think it registered to them. In the end, I took away something that was never even there to begin with for them.
From a savings perspective, this is beyond a home run. It would have changed my bill from $120 to $60, saving me $720 a year. But when you factor in the company picking up the remaining Internet bill, I am clear $1440 a year after tax dollars and I have a faster Internet connection to boot. My only complaint is that I didn’t do this much sooner.
Fair warning to those reading this though, make sure your spouse fully understands and supports the change. When my wife came to the realization that she would be getting most of her 90-Day Fiancé updates secondhand though Facebook, I can’t exactly say she was thrilled.