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be11ydancer's Avatar be11ydancer 01:52 AM 10-26-2005
I totally second all the Netflix suggestions. We LOVE it. We haven't had cable in years and have stopped watching all t.v. shows mainly because of the commercials. Like you would get into a show and nine minutes later, there's two minutes of commercials. So annoying! With Netflix, we're ordering the shows we might be interested on DVD. We just finished the Sex and the City shows. We're about to start watching Lost. Also have Scrubs ordered. All commercial free and we can watch them after the kids go to bed so there aren't any interruptions. Totally rocks. I've also gotten bellydance fitness DVD's and all kinds of documentaries. I just could never get cable again or regular t.v. for that matter. Our t.v. isn't even hooked up to the antenna on the roof anymore.

**guest**'s Avatar **guest** 11:06 AM 10-26-2005
I lived without internet only because I HAD to (no computer). It was awful. lol. Now, I HAVE to have it because that is mainly how I am searching for a nanny position. Plus, I like to sell things on craigslist and here too. Oh, and I have dial up internet. Netzero. It's wonderful! It's only $9.95 for regular unlimited service! And actually, I only pay $6.95/month for it. LOL. Yeah, it's slow when I come on mdc but that's ok. My old computer wouldn't support high speed internet anyway.

I pretty much only had cable simply for the reception. I got rid of it (well, er, it was shut off on me) but now I can't watch ANY tv because the reception is so bloody awful. It really fills me with anger when I'm trying to watch a favorite show. There are three shows that I really like now (Gilmore Girls, Charmed and Everwood). I want to be able to watch them and may have to go back to cable. I tried buying a good antenna but it doesn't make one difference.
I owe cable money so I don't know how I'm going to get it back.
Anyone live in the Boston area that works for Comcast?


Hugs,
Liz
UUMom's Avatar UUMom 09:15 PM 10-26-2005
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Originally Posted by lizc
I lived without internet only because I HAD to (no computer). It was awful. lol. Now, I HAVE to have it because that is mainly how I am searching for a nanny position. Plus, I like to sell things on craigslist and here too. Oh, and I have dial up internet. Netzero. It's wonderful! It's only $9.95 for regular unlimited service! And actually, I only pay $6.95/month for it. LOL. Yeah, it's slow when I come on mdc but that's ok. My old computer wouldn't support high speed internet anyway.

I pretty much only had cable simply for the reception. I got rid of it (well, er, it was shut off on me) but now I can't watch ANY tv because the reception is so bloody awful. It really fills me with anger when I'm trying to watch a favorite show. There are three shows that I really like now (Gilmore Girls, Charmed and Everwood). I want to be able to watch them and may have to go back to cable. I tried buying a good antenna but it doesn't make one difference.
I owe cable money so I don't know how I'm going to get it back.
Anyone live in the Boston area that works for Comcast?


Hugs,
Liz
i don't live in boston, but i am considering babysitting for an AP'd child. How far are you willing to travel for a stellar babysitter... I do live in MA...

Ah, I think it's that you are looking to be a nanny.

OOps.

earthmama369's Avatar earthmama369 09:17 PM 10-26-2005
We cancelled our cable seven months ago (a whopping $13/month, but it was annoying once they cancelled my favorite shows) -- I don't miss it at all.

The internet? No way, no how are we cancelling our internet!
mommy2serena's Avatar mommy2serena 02:02 PM 07-12-2006
We cancelled our cable originally due to the fact that it was about $50 per month ( and that was the cheapest one!) and now we don't even miss it. It's unbelievable how much they are allowed to show on TV, the commercials are what bother me the most. Sometimes I felt like I was watching softcore porn! : We would only really watch one show (CSI, Vegas) anyways so we are planning on maybe getting netflix or just renting it. Maybe we'll just splurge and buy one, considering it would take us a month to watch one DVD anyways!
I could not live without internet. I wish we could switch back to netzero, it was so cheap! But we only use our cells, no landline, so we would have to buy landline to get netzero and would end up costing as much as DSL in the end anyway.:
greenegirl's Avatar greenegirl 05:55 PM 07-12-2006
When I met DH, I had been cable free for awhile because of the cost. Then when we started living together, he could not live without TV and with his income it was affordable. So we have had cable since. Almost two years ago, DH built a DVR for us and we have been recording our favorite shows and movies. Some we burn onto DVDs and some we watch and delete, but the best thing is being able to zoom through all the commercials.

A couple months ago, I signed up for a Netflix account. I have now started campaigning to do away with the cable. We can get pretty much everything from Netflix. Even if we buy the shows we really want to watch (Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis, 24, Dr. Who) we can pretty much pay for Netflix and buy those shows for cheaper than what we pay for cable ($125/month for both cable and internet).

The internet, however, is never going away in our house. I use it for paying bills, chatting with friends, e-mail. DH needs access for work, both to do research on projects and to dial in to work when he is home.
earthchick's Avatar earthchick 06:31 PM 07-12-2006
We cancelled our cable a year-and-a-half ago, and I have zero regrets. (For us, no cable means no TV, b/c we do not have an antenna.) We do netflix, which we watch after the boys go to bed (we were very strict about them having no screen time at all before age 2; MIL gave them a couple of music DVDs for their bday, but I still try to limit their watching them). Personally, I think I could do without the DVDs, too, but dh could not, and it's a nice way to spend a little time with him in the evenings while I knit.

I am really, really glad to be TV-free and do not miss it at all. I am especially glad to never see or hear any commercials, and I'm super-happy that my sons don't have any clue who Dora, Thomas the Train, Blue's Clues, etc. are. I'm also glad that the only noise in my home most of the time comes from music and children.

I don't think I will ever give up the internet, though I do sometimes wish I could limit my time online a little more.
Sharlla's Avatar Sharlla 05:45 AM 07-13-2006
We don't have cable. I don't regret it, we do get 7 free channels with the bunny ears if I get bored and we download shows that we watch. I think if I had cable I would be watching WAY too much TV. As for internet, I will never get rid of it, as a SAHM, it's basically my only connection to a lot of people and DH uses it for online gaming and for his website. DH offered to have cable connected (for me, he doesn't watch tv) but I told him I would just rather have a gym membership.
member's Avatar member 10:41 AM 07-13-2006
We've cut down to the basic of the basic and I may even cancel that, as we never watch the tv for anything other than DVDs from the library.

The internet, OTOH, we have a 6KBPS connection with wireless. DH and I are a little attached to the internet, lol.
PikkuMyy's Avatar PikkuMyy 03:17 AM 07-14-2006
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Originally Posted by EFmom
I don't have cable and wouldn't want it in my house. As far as I'm concerned, the less TV, the better, so even if it were free, I wouldn't want it.

The net is another story--I'd be lost without it.
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hookahgirl's Avatar hookahgirl 01:45 PM 07-14-2006
No cable here...the prices are INSANE and I cant justify it.
I do wish they had a "pick your channel" cable package, I might splurge to get all the good ones(Discovery, National Geographic, the History channel ect) and Speed Vision for DH!
I go into a "cable zone out" when I watch cable at someones house. I hear nothing but the TV, see nothing, it sucks me in!! There are some CRAZY shows on now!
We have a great anntena(sp?) so our 6 channels come in awesome.
momto l&a's Avatar momto l&a 05:30 PM 07-14-2006
We gave up satellite 4 years ago and haven't missed it.

We did have our TV packed up for a few months when we moved and it was really nice. Though at times having the girls watch a movie in the morning is really nice.

It is nice sometimes at night just to sit and watch a movie.

Wouldn't want to give up internet, way to much info at my finger tips. But I sure would get a lot more done if I did
mommy2zander's Avatar mommy2zander 10:15 PM 07-14-2006
We gave up tv around the time our son was born... I was determined to not have it be the center of our lives... I now realise when visiting other people's houses, that I am so glad we gave it up & removed the tv from our living room... I can harldy stand it in other people's living rooms now... but a few friends/family mention us not having a tv when they are invited over...

Recently a co-worker of dps worked at the cable co & turned it back on, so we get it free... TV is limited to upstairs in the bedroom when ds is sleeping... & a few little people videos for him, (although I swore I wouldn't, at least we waited until he was almost 2 to let him watch those) & we still don't have tv in the living room... I still wouldn't pay for it though!

As far as internet, it's worth the $10 for dial up & the extra $15 for speedy cordless internet through our utility company, so we pay $25 including the router rental... & I find it worth it, although I also find that the internet takes some balancing, as to not take over life!!
littlest birds's Avatar littlest birds 04:42 AM 07-15-2006
We have never had cable, and we actually get zero reception right now so we only use our tv for videos.

BUT we kept our internet. Homeschooling with a 11yo, it seemed worth it, and our dsl is only costing us less than $5 more a month than dialup would. With four kids it is hard to go to the library or similar to use computers so having internet is relatively important for us.

We almost cancelled the service, though, but instead called the company and asked about lower rates since our contract had long since expired.
mamamelia's Avatar mamamelia 07:56 AM 07-20-2006
we have free TV over here - 5 channels to be exact. and that's way more than enough. one channel (ABC kids) has children's programs for a few hours with NO commercials at all. and that's what is watched in this house. that and DVD's.
we have never had cable or pay TV in our house. if free TV ceases to exist at a stage, we would not get pay TV. just continue to watch DVD's or substitute the time spent watching TV for other activities (like board games).

as for the internet -- i don't think we would be able to live without. dh needs it for work sometimes and it's a great source of information (and running to the library for each and every thing we need to look up is definately not feasible).
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