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Old 03-08-2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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How much are you paying for your TV, Internet, Phone

In trying to cut expenses, the one item I am having a hard time with now is my cost for Satellite TV, DSL and phone service. I can not seem to get it below $192.00 a month without sacraficing my only pleasures these days, which is TV and Internet. My satallite constitutes the majority of it at around $109 a month. I know I could cut it down by eliminating Premium stations and HD (high def) but I am having a hard time giving up my few area's of entertainment. I ask myself, is it worth gaining $40.00 a month, and do without?

So far, I have not been able to make that decision. So I was wondering about the people on this board, being the savers they are. What most of you are spending on these things. I really don't have any choices in phone or internet (unless I want to pay more for internet $60 by going to cable) The only thing I can cut on is the TV.
I know some of you are not big TV watchers, but I enjoy it.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:08 PM   #2
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$60.51 Cox Cable bill ($15.55 for bare bones basic cable TV and $43.99 for medium speed cable internet, plus tax and fees)
$23.27 for AT&T landline
$34.30 for Verizon cell phone

The first two would probably be what you are interested in, and they total $83.78/month. Not the cheapest in the world, but it works for me.

Have you considered substituting Netflix for your movie channels?
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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As of tomorrow, when the CABLE Phone goes it will be (Monthly):
TV Basic Cable $16.85 (currently in withdrawal from "extended basic").
HS Cable Internet: $34.00 (Will not go).
Cell Phone: $10.00 (Piggybacking on DD Friends and Family)
Total $61.85 a month.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:33 PM   #4
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Cable (HBO and Showtime) plus extended channels 109.92
Phone (land line no long distance) 30.74
Internet (DSL) 34.95
Cell Phone (two lines piggy-back on family plan) 19.98

Total 195.59

If things get tight, first step is drop one movie channel and part of extend service, save ~17.00.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #5
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48 Total per month

Cable TV - somehow I get that free and watch it on my computer
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:45 PM   #6
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About $80 for TV, but I am leaning toward getting rid of it in the fall and just relying on the antennas I threw up last spring.
$30 per month for Internet (DSL)
Land line and cell phones about $65 per month
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:17 PM   #8
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Just went up - $142 - cable, VIOP phone, medium speed internet.

Now this month dropped $48/mo T-Mobile and started AT&T with a $100 prepaid card - used up my $10 bonus on recent 8 day trip.

Heh heh heh - electronic toys will be one of the first areas to cut should I decide I really can take it with me or perhaps getting younger instead of older as the clock ticks on.
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:17 PM   #9
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I dropped cable several months ago after going about a decade watching upwards of 40 hrs a week. I miss it but not that much. I watch network tv shows on the internet.

Cable: $0
Internet: $49.30
Cell Phone: $38.55

Total: $87.85
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #10
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Comcast Cable + high-speed internet $140 (includes NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings, which add about $30 per month - a necessity )
Land phone for local calls $23
MCI Card for long distance $17
Two cell phones (one T-mobile prepaid) $20

Total = $200
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
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Cell phone is $140/mo for 4 phones & 700 shared mins
I use calling card for long distance calls from both locations and it costs me less than $10/mo

Northern IL
Comcast very very basic TV pkg $17/mo
Comcast low speed internet $25/mo
AT&T basic phone $17/mo

Southern IL
DSL $30/mo
Phone $30/mo
Satellite TV is provided free of charge for being my parents caretaker while they snowbird in FL
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:38 PM   #12
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For us:

Basic Cable + Internet $104
Landline phone $ 29
Cell phones (2) $17

WRT the cell phones, we used to have a Cingular/ATT plan with rollover minutes etc. for $59 per mo. However, we found that we almost never used them (i.e. -- less than once a month), so we switched to pre-paid phones. So long as we load $25 on each phone every 3 months, the balance is retained. If you don't talk on the phone much, it is the cheapest thing around.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:15 PM   #13
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...just relying on the antennas I threw up last spring.
Yeah, but now you'll need to puke up a digital converter box.

$60 for cable and Internet
$25 for telephone
$6 for cell phone
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$91
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:53 PM   #14
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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CommieCast $25 for extended basic included in townhome Rent
CommieCast Economy Internet $25, I own my cable modem
Tracfone ~$20 per 2 to 2-1/2 months

Dont Have DSL options in my area
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$105 total for home land line, DSL, and cell. I use rabbit-ear TV.

I think the breakdown is something like: $55 cell, $20 land line (no long distance), $30 DSL (but they have frequent promo discounts if I call and ask - currently it's $15/mo for the next 6 months).
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:45 PM   #18
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I have TimeWarner Cable TV ($62/month) but are thinking about switching to DishNetwork. They have a special for $10 for 6 month and $30 thereafter. All channels HD. DISH Network - 1.888.825.2557

Another change I recently made: I switched from standard RoadRunner (High Speed Internet) to RoadRunner light, saving 50% ($25).
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:12 PM   #19
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Cable TV (including HBO/Encore/Starz/Max) + High speed internet: $127.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:21 PM   #20
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Local company (ACS) bundled DSL internet, local phone, 100 free long distance minutes: 64.18 monthly.
My cell phone, used seldom, is a Tracfone. I haven't ever used up the minutes, and need to research the cheapest way to renew. But it's pretty cheap.
No cable tv - have roof antenna and converter box to get the local channels, and I accidentally get a few that I shouldn't (e.g. Telemundo).
I get DVDs for free from the library. They have movies as well as tv series. I can't stand to watch commercial tv anymore except SNL and 30 Rock. There is cable tv at the gym if I feel the need for a particular program.
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