If you follow me on Twitter, it’s no secret that I hate paying for cable. Yet, in the great compromise* that is marriage, I’ve continued to shell out for cable since those two glorious weeks when we had no TV or Internet at all when we first got married and a certain someone may or may not have likened it to jail time.
When I got a notice this past month that Comcast was raising our rates again, I was elated. No, it wasn’t the result of delirium or hysteria.** It was brought about by Mr. P’s quiet acquiescence that we had to do something about our cable bill.
At first, I wanted to cut the cable cord entirely. Just once, I wanted to be a real millennial. Seriously. Does anyone my age even have cable? I figured surely I could make the switch to this newfangled Netflix-and-Chill business.
But then I investigated further. The bare-bones cable and internet package in my area is $90/month. The same level of Internet*** on its own would cost us $80/month. For now, it makes some semblance of sense to keep cable. But who knows what the next rate increase will bring.
For those of you who are number hungry, here are the ugly details:
Former bill (including two digital adapters, taxes, surcharges, and fees) – $137.28
Proposed bill with rate increase (including same extras) – $148.88
New bill with reduced cable package (including same extras) – $105.56
That reduction in our cable package nets us a savings of $519.84 per year. Not too shabby. Now if only I could get Mr. P hooked on Serial. The natural transition to Making a Murderer surely is reason enough to figure out Netflix, no?
*Mr. P puts up with A LOT, you guys.
**Though I felt both delirium and hysteria while waiting on hold for an eternity this entire blog post with Comcast customer service.
***Mr. P is a gamer. Messing with his Internet speed would probably give him the right to actually read this blog. Not going to happen.
So Tell Me…What’s your TV situation? Do you Hulu? Netflix? Have you ever had to break up with Comcast?