Why do people whine they can't pay their bills and still

internet bill - don't whine if you can't pay your bills and have internet
@shooie (4985)
United States
December 29, 2006 9:44am CST
have the internet and cable and things of that nature? these are extra items and not needed to survive. My husband and I got in a tight spot before and the first thing that we had shut off was the internet and the cable tv. Don't whine when in a bind because there are ways to cut bills. If you don't need it shut it down until you can afford it.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Well I will admit at times those things might stay even if someone can't really afford them. They might not be the luxeries they are for you. Now a days if you have a kid they need the internet for school. They expect the kids to have access, at least the ones around my area do. They also have a tendency to expect them to have access to the TV news. In my area unless you have cable (satelitte) you can't get the channels in even if you have an outside atenna. Now I will agree they don't need to keep the digital packages or the paid channels, basic cable yes but not all the fancy things. That can be cut. What amazes me though is that people who are having trouble paying bills will keep a land line and a cell phone. They don't need a cell phone for any reason if they have a landline. Get rid of that and save that money. Now if they don't have a land line and just use a cell phone that is different and I have known some who do that but the thing is one should go.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
16 Mar 07
We have both phones. But the cell is a pay cell. We add the money when ever we need it. Like if we go on a trip or if my husband is going fishing or things on that line. But I agree people don't need both and they for sure don't need a cell for every member in the house.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
17 Mar 07
When we were little we took notes as well. We did have a phone as well but the school still made us bring a note.
@Joslyn77 (374)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I agree with you. When we were short on money and in a bind as well. The first thing we cut off was our cable and then internet. We even had our phone turned off to at one point and bought one of those pay as you go phones and used that instead.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
17 Mar 07
am glad to hear there are people that use common sense and let things go to get back on their feet.
@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
17 Mar 07
Because people are accustomed to luxury items and find it hard to part with them. But once you learn to part with them, you'll live with it, no doubt, anyway, we started without them, right?
@shooie (4985)
• United States
17 Mar 07
My mom never had one nor did she have a dryer...lol she got a dryer didn't like it so gave it away. Guess some people like or think they need and some don't...lol
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
20 Jan 07
You are so true. You see the problem is that most people have never been taught to know the difference between their needs and wants. Therefore they don't sit back and evaluate how important something is to their life and is it a necessity like food and fuel to get to work.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
20 Jan 07
yep yep...thanks for your response
@scooter1024 (1243)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I will admit I am one of these people. I hate to say it but I guess I am. I make do but would do alot better if I let my internet go. We cant afford cable so we dont have it. I keep saying I am going to get rid of the net but I guess I am addicted. I did do something about it though I got another job so I can afford it.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
20 Jan 07
smiles but see you took steps to keep it and help with the bills a lot don't
• United States
3 Jan 07
I hate to say this but Donald Trump said it best, people expect things handed to them. I experienced this in a person in my family. The person doesn't only see why they have to work for what they want, but they don't respect that you are trying to.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I couldn't have said it better...thanks for your response
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
3 Jan 07
Personally if I couldn't afford to pay my bills, then I would have all the non-essential things disconnected rather than continue to run up more bills. I cannot understand why people don't do that sort of thing but it could be that they are not facing up to reality. We do not have pay/cable telvision, but if we did then it would be the first thing to go. Next would be the internet because it is not essential, although I do use it every day when we are at home. When my husband and I retired, we cancelled our credit cards. A lot of people do keep them, but we decided that we would be much better off if we only bought what we had actual cash for, and although it was a bit hard at times, we managed. Now we wonder why we ever had them in the first place, but again we know people who are in a similar position to us who are in deep debt because of their credit cards. I am not sure what happens in your country but here in Australia a lot of the Church/Charity organisations assist these people. I recently heard of a single mum with 3 children who was given a new fridge and freezer by one of the charities. Also they paid part of her electricity/power bill and made arrangements for a few other things. It makes me so mad because I know she has Pay television, internet connected, smokes, drinks, speeds like crazy and has several speeding fines. This will not teach her anything at all if they do everything for her and what sort of example is it for the children? Okay, off my soapbox for now because I have had my say on this subject. LOL
@shooie (4985)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I lost my job in October and because we got thing caught up before then it is not a major thing. We rent and it came with water and cable. So we pay electric and phone/dsl. We have no credit cards because well we cut those up. We have a car payment but that is budgeted for. But if things got tight again I would go to work or cut my internet...no biggie. I just don't understand letting things go until you have a $400 dollar electric bill and things of that nature. I have a friend in texas that know no one has heard from. She got her phone cut off and no telling what else because she wouldn't let the internet go until it go to the shut off notice. Sad eh....oh well live and learn just don't whine about it...lol thanks for the response and happy retirement to ya all
@misste78 (539)
• United States
1 Jan 07
well i can barely make ends meet at times too. I recently lost my job and it's rough but I don't pay a cable bill, but do need the internet seeing as though it is part of my supplemental income. I make out pretty well in a month off the internet, so I must keep it on. It is a necessity for me.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
1 Jan 07
can understand if you need it but a lot don't. Well a lot in some chat rooms I chat in. Needing it and wanting it is different. May the New Year bring in all you need. Thanks for the response
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
31 Dec 06
One thing we do not have is pay TV but in tight spots guess that would be the first thing to go.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
31 Dec 06
you are like me common since the items we truely don't need go first. thanks for the response
@conniej14 (248)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I don't understand it either. Some people just do not know how to manage their money. If people would get on a budget and stay on it then they wouldn't have to worry about the bills getting paid. People will have a cell phone and still stand in line for food stamps, hello. Or drive up in a new car to pick up a box full of free food. I get so aggrivated because there are people living on the streets with children that could use this assistance.
@shooie (4985)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I agree with you. The people that need the help aren't getting it. thanks for the response