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|Thu, 01-08-2009 - 1:17am|
Hi, this is the 1st time posting here. Before my DD was born, DH & I both worked at very good paying jobs, plus got lots of bonuses. Now that I'm a SAHM, things are VERY differant. I do sell some things on Ebay to bring in money, but that is pretty limited.
So the problem that we're facing is that DH is most likely going to be laid off in 2 weeks. I'm really trying to be alot more prepared this time around, as we have to wait one week before he can even apply for unemployment (since it's the 1st of the year). I already have an appointment with WIC, and as soon as I have a check-stub from unemployment, I'll be applying for food stamps. I only have a tiny bit of savings, and I'll try to make that stretch as much as possible to pay all the bills. I'm really trying to avoid paying late fees on credit card payments, or having to shut off utilities. Hopefully, he should only be off work for about 2 months. He's in construction.
The problem I'm having is that I want to cancel our extra cable channels in order to save money while he's off work. I intent to keep the local channels, as we do watch alot of network shows, but it still stinks. We watch alot of channels such as TLC, History, Food Network, SciFi, and cartoon channels. My DH is really outraged about this because as he put it, "I'm being punished for not working". But I'm definately ticked off by his attitude, as this does affect me as well. I can put on video cartoons for my DD (she's 2), but there are lots of shows I'll be missing out on too.
The way the bill breaks down is this:
Top 100 w/ Locals - $37.99
DVR Service Fee - $5.98
Leased Receiver Fee - $5.00 (this one kinda sucks, but we pay it since we didn't buy receiver outright)
DISH Home Protection Plan - $5.99
Also we get dinged $5 per month by not having a telephone line plugged into the system.
So the total is about $60. By switching to locals only, it will go down to $32 a month. I already asked about differant packages, but the channels we really watch are not available ala-cart, and the only smaller package is some family package that doesn't have those channels anyway.
Also, we have satalite internet as we're in the middle of nowhere. Right now I've been paying for the "Platinum" pkg. ($80) which gives me pretty fast speed. But I'll switch back to "Silver", which is tolerable. That's only $40.
Does anybody have some fantastic advise? I wish I could change cable co.'s, but that's not an option. It would be so fantastic if they let you pick and choose channels, rather than making wade through 100 channels of mostly junk.