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that I'll get over being sad that we decided to cancel our Directv satellite television today??!! lol<br><br>
It is 55 bucks a month! For tv! lol When we first got it, it was a lot cheaper b/c we had a discount through the telephone company but it just kept creeping up up up!<br>
I love my tv. lol I love watching HGTV and Food network while I exercise.<br><br>
<sob> <sniff> I'm going to miss you direct tv.
 

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I totally understand, we had digital cable once upon a time, whenever they had the reallly good deals (that don't happen anymore unless you're a new subscriber). We've had our 29 channels (plus some Spanish station, not sure what it is, they have lots of soccer) for a few years now.<br><br>
I too miss certain channels. Don't watch as much TV anymore. The savings is just so significant, it's worth it. {{hugs}}
 

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stick that 55 bucks a month in an interest account and paste the statements by your treadmill.....55 x 12 is 660 bucks a year plus interest. PLUS then you won't be watching these shows telling you how your house <i>should</i> look.
 

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thanks guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just gave up cable last month. So far it's has been pretty easy. I bought a $15 antenna and for 15 bucks a month we get unlimited 3 at time rentals at the local video store.<br><br>
also, now I have a little more MDC time<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We don't get cable - instead we get a Blockbuster Online subscription. For $14/month (there are different price points) we can get a movie in the mail one day, watch it that night, take it to the store and get another movie for that night and then two days later we get another movie in the mail. If we were really diligent we could watch something like 20 movies/month. You can get 2 DVDs at a time too there are lots of different options. It is MUCH BETTER than cable, especially now that so many TV shows are coming out on dvd.
 

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We don't have cable either (yes, you will survive!), but we do have Blockbuster Online because we love to watch movies. I don't particularly care to go to movie theaters (expensive and I can't pause to go to the bathroom!), so it's perfect for us.<br><br>
I love the idea of sticking the savings by your treadmill!
 

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This is good to read, we are on our way to doing this...gotta get up the courage.
 

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it's been 4 years since we disconnected ours! (right before having kids) I still wish we had it at times (late at night usually! we only get one station otherwise as we are surrounded by mountains) but really I don't miss it too much! you will find better things to do with your time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I'm glad to hear people aren't missing their TV as much as I think I will...<br><br>
We are on a 2 year contract (up in 5 months) w/ our phone company that covers Local phone w/ all features, high speed internet, and DishNetworks 120/255(I think they changed the name of it, but the number of channels is the same) package. For a whopping $125 a month. Oh, and we also get unlimited long distance...<br><br>
Unfortunately if we get rid of the package, the amount of long distance, local phone, and internet will come to about $100-120. So we wouldn't even be saving much. But basically unless I order a pizza or call 911, it's long distance.<br><br>
But DH is pretty gung ho about getting rid of the tv for other aspects, but I am nervous...I LOVE watching reruns on Nick at Nite when I cannot sleep at night...<br><br>
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I don't know about this one as we are lucky with a basic one - but I do know that in our area, there is "basic cable" available which is only $10/month, but it is not advertised and you have to ask for it. It gets you the broadcast networks plus a few others, like Discovery Channel, CSPAN, etc. Nothing like cable but if you really want the basic networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, WB/CW, UPN, FOX, Public Television) and cannot find an antenna that will work, this can be an inexpensive option.
 

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I just bought an RCA powered antenna. It's working pretty good for me. I have in the past had non-powered antennas that worked great too. It just depends on signal strength in your area.
 

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You're braver than I am. I swore that we would never have cable or satellite tv. Four days into the last Olympics, my husband got tired of having to hold his finger on the antenna to get reception and said, "We're getting cable!" It turned out DirecTV was a better deal than cable, so we got it. We watched the Olympics in pure bliss. Now I am addicted to the History Channel (did anyone watch Secrets of the Underworld last night??).<br><br>
I keep threatening my husband that I'm going to cut it off, but he keeps reminding me that the reason we get to sleep in until 9 am on Saturdays is because the kids are watching Diego and WonderPets and Backyardigans ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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we're happy to be cable free since 2001! (the only thing I miss is Jon Stewart on the daily show.) we have an antenna which I use to check the weather on local tv, and watch movies we really want to see when we need to veg.<br><br>
In addition to the $$ savings, we gained so much time. it's amazing how much time we used to waste flipping through the channels looking for something we didn't really care to watch anyway. we used to PAY for the service of SUCKING AWAY HOURS OF OUR LIVES!<br><br>
and think of all the commercials you and your kids will be missing! hopefully that will mean less whining for stuff, I think it does around here.<br><br>
we exercise/clean to favorite dvds sometimes. . . anything with a great soundtrack that makes you feel good and that you've seen enough times that you don't have to really pay attention.<br><br>
good luck! we used to be total addicts and are so much happier without it.
 

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We don't have cable, and we don't miss it. Our lives are so much more ... lively ... without it. I doubt we would spend as much time playing with DD as we do, or reading.<br><br>
Plus, it's just really nice to have the default in the house be peace and quiet.
 

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I so wish I could get away with canceling ours. My Dh loves and I mean loves TV and the internet. When me moved into our new house it took a few days to get everything set up, boy was it nice to have so much of his attention.
 

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i unplugged our tv in november, and have not missed it yet. i only had 4 norwegian channels though. some of them broadcast their own productions online. i have not logged in to watch any yet.<br><br>
however, i still manage in other ways to watch some foreign tv-series and a lot of documentaries ... so im not sure my reply count for much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
i feel free without tv, newspapers, commercials, consumerism etc.<br>
it is just a matter of adjusting to new(healthier) habits.
 

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I managed to get basic cable for 15 dollars a month, and it has Food Network, ESPN, I think 100 channels. Everything I wanted. But I really had to hassle the lady on the phone to even get her to admit that it existed. Meanwhile, my wireless internet costs 45 or 50 dollars a month... hmmm, maybe I should be watching more tv! LOL
 

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I just had a conversation with DH today about cancelling satellite....I think it won't be too bad. Most of the shows we like to watch together are on network stations anyways. He will be missing ESPN and I will be missing TLC and HGTV - but that is about it. We mostly turn those stations on when we are bored, hopefully with summer coming we will find better things to do, and of course there is always MDC!
 
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