December 26, 2016 5:37pm CST
I feel guilty sometimes paying so much for cable. It's not just cable either. It is internet, cable and phone. I pay(get ready for this.....please don't yell) $205.41 a month(my daughter pays half). I figure the internet has been wonderful and I rarely have any issues. Only when I don't refresh the router like I am supposed to every three or four months does it bog down and get slow. Then the cable is just grand. I have all the movie channels so I have a lot to watch in my odd hours. Two DVRs(one upstairs and one down) is nice too so we can tape whatever we like and watch it at our leisure. I have the upgraded channels too and HD cause my television is a HD one. I would like to get a smart TV and that is going to be my next expenditure I think. I have music choices too that I like to listen at different times. I can see my Bates Motel and a few others coming up in a month or too. For someone who watches a lot of TV it is great. And, I would hate to have to go searching for some TV series on the streaming sites and would so disappointed if they didn't have the ones I like. This is very convenient. PLUS, I don't' have to pay the huge theater prices nor go out around people. For a homebound person with social anxiety it is wonderful. And the newer movies come on my Netflix site usually as early as a month or two after releasing to the theaters(some are longer). That isn't bad at all. For the three of us to go to a movie it would cost us about $100 a whack. Taxi fare and tickets plus some popcorn and a drink. Even the cheaper theaters are getting a bit spendy but could bring the amount down by half perhaps. The phone is about the only thing I don't care for that much. It is okay and we have a cordless Vtech phones so it is nice and the service is LD through out the US. Good enough. A cell phone would be nice and alleviate a lot of the problems we are running into. Such as, I fear I am coming to a position with my Bing account where they are going to insist on a cell phone number. Each time I go to cash out and get a Amazon gift card it causes me about a week of writing back and forth with the support department until they find a way to set up the page it goes to when I click on redeem so that I can get the card. It always gives me a notification that is having trouble reading my landline number. Ugh! What a hassle. And I do love Bing's search engine so much I hate to try to get used to using a different one. I tried to redeem before Christmas and have heard from them twice and am still waiting. I have asked them why they can't set it up where I just have a number I give them each time to show that I am who I say I am and then redeem the card for me. Is that really that hard? So, anyway. There I am. I do feel justified in my bill each much although I do wish it could be lower. For the amount of movies we watch monthly and the streaming my grandson does and the enjoyment we have with it all I am hard pressed to change it all now. I would get a cell but that would be another bill and we don't make a lot of calls at all. The kids don't call anyone I don't either.
15 people like this
• United States
26 Dec 16
Well, if it is what you like and is your only means of entertainment then why not! That is of course if you can afford it. We have had an expensive cable bill, and less expensive too. Now we have Dish, which my husband pays for and internet that I pay for. It works out okay.
• Centralia, Missouri
27 Dec 16
@celticeagle maybe an obama phone I think those are still free, but not sure. I do know the straight talk things from like walmart aren't too bad. they have some ten dollar cells, and then you can just buy a card with minutes to load on when needed. Texting, back when I had one, used a third of a minute, and we just kept calls short, so often didn't need to add minutes even more than every couple of months.
• Charlotte, North Carolina
27 Dec 16
That is a lot of money to me, but everyone has the 'thing' they need in their life or home. We were able to ditch the house phone and have limited TV by choice. The Internet is more important to us these days.
• Louisville, Kentucky
28 Dec 16
It does sound a little expensive but if we could afford it, I would probably have all the channels that you do too. I am at home all day by myself and I do watch a lot of TV and would love to have more choices on what I can watch even though we do have Netflix. There are times when I wish I had a DVR for my bedroom because I use my computer, artwork, jewelry making, scrapbooking and sewing there because we don't have a third bedroom.
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Dec 16
@celticeagle I am going to be rearranging my room over the next couple of days so that I can unpack some of my boxes in my closet. They are office things as well as some of my jewelry and scrapbooking stuff. I have to find a way to have the room to have everything where I can find it. I may see if my brother would be okay with me getting a DVR for my bedroom. He is the one who pays the bills but I could work a little harder on myLot to pay for it myself.