Losing cable, internet and my mind!!

Jacksonville, Florida
January 16, 2012 10:39am CST
My parents are having to shut off the cable and internet next week. I am going to lose my gosh darn mind. We have my husband and I and our 3 young children. Our kids are going to be so upset before bedtime when they usually get to watch cartoons now they wont be able to. Someone please give me some ideas as to what to do with myself when this happens! Has it happened to you too?
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@Reyachan (589)
• Romania
16 Jan 12
Hello! I don't mean to pry in any way, but considering you already have a family of your own, a husband and 3 children, how come do you still depend on your parent's decisions for such things? Can't you afford to pay yourselves (i mean you and your husband) for these 2 services? I'm just asking because i don't know you financial situation (i believe what you wrote means that all of you are still living with your parents) Does a monthly internet and cable subscription cost so much in the States these days that it's a good money-saving option? In Romania we pay about 10$ for cable and another 7-8$ for optic fiber internet. From what i see you're an active member of the mylot society so it's a shame you'll be leaving. As for suggestions, i have one me and my family rediscovered some time ago and it's very fun :board games. They are a very fun and active way of spending time and for the kids to learn new things. My personal opinion is to try to fight for your internet as it keeps you up to speed with a lot of information, you can find jobs easier and even make money. There are a lot of opportunities for US residents (surveys , coupons, deals, etc) that are unavailable for many countries. You could actually make use of them to keep your internet alive. Good luck!
• Jacksonville, Florida
16 Jan 12
Your not prying. Most people here know the situation but I havent seen you in my other discussions so thats why. We had our own place and paid everything ourself. My husband got cut on a saw at work and had surgery so he cannot work at all now. I have been applying for jobs and Im hoping one will come through for me. My husband cant even change a diaper or anything so I will have to put my kids in childcare unfortunately. So we do not have any income right now until I get a job or until workers comp comes through... Um for internet and cable it is $100 per month here! I wish it was so cheap here, that would be great! Well right now while my phone is on I can get online with it. Thank goodness. Hope I get a job soon! =( Jobs here are very far and few between here so hopefully I can find something...
@Reyachan (589)
• Romania
17 Jan 12
Hello again! Sorry to hear about these unfortunate series of events in your life. I hope you manage to put an end to the misfortune soon. As for the internet bill, 100$ is quite a lot. On the other hand, in my country the medium salary is 250$/month so you can imagine why the net cost is so low for us :) It surprises me that it's more profitable for you to have internet on your phone though. Here phone internet is much more expensive than the regular cable/optic fibre one and the transfer rate is horrid after you reach the monthly limit, which is about 250-500Mb. I also hope you'll find a job soon so that you can get back on track again. What kind of job are you searching for? In what line of work?
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
Thank you I hope things get better soon too! Phone is much cheaper here than cable/internet bills. I am looking for a job in a daycare since I have a lot of childcare experience.
@inertia4 (26905)
• United States
17 Jan 12
Well, renting movies would be a back up for that. I would say to get Netflix and an Apple TV and you could watch movies and TV shows on your TV. But since the internet is being shut off, that is out of the question. I take it that you and your family live in the same house. I am not sure of what the problem is but I am assuming that it is a money issue. Like I said, either rent some movies or have them read a book. Color, play games and things like that.
• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Aug 12
I am so sorry for responding so late. I thought I answered everyone here. Yeah thank God they never ended up shutting it off and now we live in our own place so I don't have to worry about anyone else paying bills. We can pay our own bills...
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@inertia4 (26905)
• United States
15 Aug 12
Thats cool. At least it is still on. But getting an Apple TV and sign up with Netflix is a good thing. It is much cheaper then cable.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
17 Jan 12
Hi lovingMyBabies, Yes, When my kids were young, I couldn't afford cable and internet wasn't something everyone had anyway. We lived without cable for the longest time. It wasn't so bad. We found other things to do. Heck we didn't even have a phone for quite a while. We did have a VCR and some times when we had a few extra dollars we'd rent some movies and have a movie night. The kids loved it and so did I. Now it would bother me to lose internet but I am sure I'd adjust. Your kids will be fine and you'll have a problem for a while but I'm sure you'll get used to it.
• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Aug 12
I do not know how I missed all of you and I am so sorry for responding so late! Yeah, I was just upset because I wanted to be here with everyone. Lol. But it didn't get shut off after all.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
15 Aug 12
too funny! I forgot all about this discussion. Don't worrry
@celticeagle (114155)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 12
I wouldn't like to do without my cable and internet. Reading comes to mind. Spend some time at the library and find some fun books. Probably the cartoon characters are in books too. More family time is always good. The library is a great place.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
The library is great but unfortunately we cant do it much because its not very close to us so it will cost us in gas. Every once in a while we could go there though.
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@celticeagle (114155)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jan 12
We have a online site for our library here. We can go to the site, check on the availability of certain books or DVDs and then have them hold it for us OR, we can have them put it on the mobile van that comes to our closer area several times a week.
@AmbiePam (45725)
• United States
16 Jan 12
Can you go to your local library? Ours has a lot of movies and cartoons and things you can check out for free. I'd go nuts without cable and the internet too. If you went to the library you could also use their computer to get online.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
I can but its not close to where we are so it will cost a lot in gas. Hopefully somethingwill happen for us to better things.
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@AmbiePam (45725)
• United States
18 Jan 12
I really hope so because I enjoy your discussions. Also, I've heard if you don't log in at least every three months, mylot turns your account to $0.00. So I hope you can at least check in once in a while.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
16 Jan 12
I am sorry to hear that you will be losing the cable and internet. I will miss your discussions and miss chatting with you. If you have a local library, they usually have computers that you can use. I guess instead of the kids watching TV before they go to bed, maybe you can read them a bedtime story. I hope your parents change their minds and keep the cable and internet.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
Im hoping my phone will still get on the internet so I can still be here. I do have a library but its not that close to us. =( I will be reading to them a lot, which they do like so hopefully that will be fine.
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
22 Jan 12
You mention that your husband can not work due to his surgeries. Is he on any type of disability? If you want to try to keep the internet you should call around. Often you can get only internet for $35 (or less) a month. That way you could have the internet and your kids could watch their TV shows online. My husband is in a similar situation, but he is in the military so at least he is still getting paid. He has a year recovery from a surgery he just had in November which currently has his left arm totally useless. In April he requires a second surgery on his right shoulder which will have about a year of recovery as well.
• Jacksonville, Florida
3 Mar 12
He cannot work. Hes been out of work since Dec. 2nd and he just got approved for workers comp yesterday!! We will get his first check next week. At the time we would not even be able to afford the $35 but here only one runs for $50 per month. Thank goodness they did not shut it off! We will be finding our own place soon. I'm sorry for what your husband is going through too. It was my husbands hand, got cut on a saw. He tore up muscle and tendons. It was bad, you could see the inside of his hand. Yuck! They put his therapy and doc visits on hold because waiting on comp, it has been a terrible few months for us!
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
Cable and internet are pretty much staples in our household. And I know what you mean about losing one's mind if we ever lost one or both. If that ever happened in our household, I would go looking for the few boardgames that we have in the house. I think we have a pictionary and a scrabble game somewhere. If you did loose your internet, start writing down discussion topics. Then when you get a chance to go online, you could blast it all out!
• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Aug 12
I am sorry for responding so late. I thought I answered this discussion. Must be losing my mind. Lol, that was a great idea about writing topics down. I do that all the time if I am away from the computer I write ideas down so I don't forget. Lol.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
17 Jan 12
i know several people that dont have cable and they watch a lot of movies. if you visit your local library you can get a plethora of movies. now will be a great time to visit the library for books, etc and pull out the board games.
• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Aug 12
I am sorry for responding so late, I thought I answered everyone on this discussion. The library does have a ton of movies. I am glad they never shut the internet off though so I could still be here. Now it is so much better being in our own place so we can keep the bills paid.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I would go to the library and check out some cartoons for them..that way it won't cost you a thing...if you have a DVD player that is...hopefully! They also have the internet for you to use....why are they cutting it off?
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
Yeah we can do that once in a while because it isnt too close to us so the gas money will add up. They cant afford the $100 per month and neither can we. Im looking for a job but I dont have one yet. =(
• United States
16 Jan 12
I have not had this happen to me yet. Though we've come close to loosing our phone line and internet. I would say if anything you can borrow movies from the library. Get your internet fix at the library or if you have a laptop or net book you can probably use it there or even places like McD's & some coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. I know especially here with us having winter and all that the kids spend so much time trapped in the house hiding from the cold it's something for them to do til spring.
• Jacksonville, Florida
3 Mar 12
Thank goodness they changed their minds so it did not happen! Borrowing movies would be a good idea. I love that I can get internet from mcdonalds!
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
16 Jan 12
If you just keep your internet then you can stream internet tv on a Roku. I have 4 of them in my house and save about 70 dollars each month! Turning off satellite was the best thing I ever did! I only pay 7.99 per month for Netflix as the other Roku stations are free. You pay a one time charge for the Roku box - lowest is 49 dollars I think. Check their website for all the channels offered.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
Yeah if it was my house I would do that and if I was working to pay for internet. Im looking for a job but havent found one yet...
• United States
16 Jan 12
We have truely been spoiled by the advancement of technology. I feel bad for your kids because they have not lived in a time where there was no Internet and cable. When we had an ice storm I did a lot if reading. You might try making like it's not a big deal to them and make it exciting instead. Like telling stories. Reading stories to them and getting them involved with games and stuff. If you have a VCR or DVD player you can still use the TV. you might buy or rent some cartoons if you don't have any. When we have to let the Direct TV go a month without being paid we watch DVDs until we get it turned on again.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 12
Yes we have all been spoiled by technology thats for sure. Yeah I will try to make it fun for them and I hope they will have fun with pretend. We do have a dvd player here. They do have a few dvd's so at least they will have that.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
14 Aug 12
Do you have a DVD player or something similar so the kids can still have their bedtime cartoons? What do they like to do? You could actually get into hobbies, reading, games or actually working on learning things instead of vegging in front of the boob tube (my father's name for tv). Although I haven't lost the internet, I have decided to start doing more than just sitting online all day so now I also work on my cross-stitch project in addition to my online class, entering shelter information into an online system and of course coming in here. I hope that you can get back online at least occasionally so that you are able to get in here.