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#1 of 25 Old 01-30-2005, 03:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How's this for ironic? Going online to talk about going off line! Looking for ways to save $, I'm thinking about cancelling Comcast. We don't own a TV, but we are paying $65 just for internet! I live three blocks from a public library. Don't need internet access for work or anything else at home. Except the occasional ebay sale, but I suppose I could do that at the library (or at work after hours )

What do you think?
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If you can do without it, good for you!
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I agree, if you really think this will work for you, go for it!

I would caution you to be sure though. I have friends who cancel their internet every couple of months, pay a fee to cancel and then in 2 months decide that they "need" it and sign up again, again paying a fee. Not smart. Doesn't sound like this is you though, so probably not a concern.

Myself, I couldn't live without it. I would go batty. But, if I didn't need highspeed for work, I could live with dial up. Could you just downgrade to save? Its a thought.
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Ouch! $65/mo is crazy!
I, personally, rely on my computer to communicate with most of my family, as we only have cel phones and the overages can kill. Maybe look at something like netzero ($9.95/mo) or some other low-cost dial up internet? Heck, even some DSL accounts are really low.
I have used the computers at the library, and it is a PITA. Here, you are limited to 1/2 an hour, and there is always a huge waiting list so I would have to wait around the library for at least 2 hours. DS generally will get cranky at that point, so it wouldn't be worth it to me.
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I'm paying about that for internet, too. I look at it this way, I am very frugal in almost every other area and this is my treat to myself. Yes, it's not frugal but I look at it as one of my rewards for working SO hard to save in other areas, YKWIM? Anyway, good luck finding a decision that works for you!
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Personally, couldn't live without it....we are lucky tho, we pay for cable connection, but DH works for AOL, so we get that for free
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If you can live without internet then great! I work from home so I need my internet and herecable is only $30 a month.

Do you have a home phone? Would you use dial up? You can get a dial up plan for $10 a month or so. Netzero also offers 10 hours of dial up per month for free. I have it loaded here in case my internet does go down so I can work a little until it comes back up.

Also, if you have a home phone, check into how much DSL is. A lot of companies around here offer $25 or so for the first 6 months and then about $35 a month afterward.
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I would say if you can go without it, $65 per month would be nice to put into other areas of your life. However, if you want to have it just for now and then, how about going with a $10 a month thing like pp mentioned. It may not be the same fast connection you are used to but it would save you having to leave the house whenever you want to get online.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
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If you can do without it, great.

If not there are connections that are super cheap.

We went to lowermybills.com and found a connection for 5.95 a month through allvantage.

We get 10 hours a day for that and the connection is fast enough.

Check it out if you're interested.
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Can you get internet cheaper? Our DSL is only 24.99 a month. I would shop around.

We thought about canceling our internet when my husband lost his job, but decided to sell more on Ebay instead. Now, when months are tough, we have to sell at least enough to cover the internet bill. If you can live without it, go for it.

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I think the reason my DSL is so expensive is because I don't pay for it in a "package" including cable TV. Dial up sounds like a good idea. And maybe the slower service will be a deterent for me.

Btw, if anyone wants to save some money on their home phone, switch to metered calling instead of a flat rate for phone usage. We recently did this because we make most of our calls from cell phones anyway, and our home phone bill went down to about $11 a month (from about $30). The funny thing is, $9 of that is taxes! The phone company (Quest, in our case) will try to talk you out of it, but give it a try and you could be pleasantly surprised!
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If you have friends who are students or faculty at a local university, you could see if they'd be willing to give you their dial-up number and login. Most universities have this free for students/staff. It's not fast, but if you're not on too long it doesn't matter.
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With Netzero you can have up to 10 hrs. a month free. After your 10 hrs. it won't let you log on anymore. We did this for several years and it worked really well. It gave us enough time to check emails and do a few other minor things.
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My first reaction was "Yes! Yes you are!!" - but other people have posted much more sensible reactions.

I would have my quality of life significantly reduced, and much of my time wasted, by switching to dial-up (or going without altogether). But I do know a fair number of people who don't bother, and are just as happy, if not happier for it.

And $65 is quite a lot... Definitely at least shop around.
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Yes, shop around! You should be able to find something cheaper.

I consider our DSL a splurge. I save money by going online with all the things I learn, wys to be frugal, recipes I get, new ways to do things, books I don't have to buy, reviews for products that I would of bought but found out they were duds, buying things cheaper than I can get here (even with shipping), ect... not to mention the thousands I have saved by learning to use cloth diapers and the breastfeeding support which has helped me not turn to formula. We had dial up but the time we save is worth paying a little extra for dsl.
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We pay $39.95 for DSL. Ostensibly we got that so my husband could work at home when he needed to (which is also why we got the laptop), but in practice we use the computer and the Internet for recreation. I consider it a $40-a-month "entertainment" budget, and, like someone else here said, my quality of life would go down significantly if I didn't have access to the Internet.

And, the few times my husband has had to work at home, the DSL has been a lifesaver.

Namaste!
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If you go back to dial up, you'll need to change your phone plan to flat rate. We went to dial-up (from DSL) to save $$ and the first month was a disaster because I forgot to change from metered phone plan to flat rate and our phone bill was over $30- the same as DSL!

We get dial-up from Access4less.net- unlimited for $5.95 a month and have no problems. Some of my friends also use access4less and it works fine- except its SPAM filter can filter your family out if their email looks suspicious! I guess that's better than getting SPAM.

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Gottaknit, since you are so close to library, can you use their internet for free?

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How's this for ironic? Going online to talk about going off line! Looking for ways to save $, I'm thinking about cancelling Comcast. We don't own a TV, but we are paying $65 just for internet! I live three blocks from a public library. Don't need internet access for work or anything else at home. Except the occasional ebay sale, but I suppose I could do that at the library (or at work after hours )

What do you think?
3 blocks to the library and you do not need it for working from home? i'd cancel it. that is WAY too much money a month, imho.
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We use intergate. www.intergate.com It is $9.99 per month, Or $8.25 per month if you pay for the year.
Also, look into DSL through Qwest. They are running a deal for $24.99 a month
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Will you really go to the library to use the internet? Also think about what times you like to use it? Do you ever like to go online after the kids go to bed? I would get a dial up connection for ten bucks and use the library when I needed to have high speed.
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I would really love to cancel our cable tv, but dh won't allow it!!
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i phoned today to cancel my dsl connection. i was planning to get a 50 hr/month dialup connection instead from a different provider

Anyways, i ended up recieving a month of dsl for free! So, i guess i'll wait until next month to cancel.

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i phoned today to cancel my dsl connection. i was planning to get a 50 hr/month dialup connection instead from a different provider

Anyways, i ended up recieving a month of dsl for free! So, i guess i'll wait until next month to cancel.
So did they offer you the free month to keep you as a customer?
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yes, i suppose so. i'm not complaining about free dsl though!

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