I had been with Time Warner Cable for a number of years, but in order to get what you want with them, they make you bundle your package, which includes high-speed Internet, a home phone and cable television.
Last week, I found a used laptop for a pretty good price that already has wireless built into it, so I decided to save myself a ton of money by switching over to Direct TV and only having television service at home.
With Time Warner I had been paying $155 a month for those bundled services. With Direct TV, I added a bunch of channels and am now able to pause, record and rewind in every room for only $55 a month. Over a year’s time, that will save me $1,200. Now that is a huge chunk of change.
I know this is not feasible for everyone who doesn’t have Wi-Fi near their home, but since I live so close to Main Street, I am close enough to pick up the free service.
I really do like the Direct TV service so far. With Time Warner, I was only able to watch up to channel 90 in my bedroom. Now I have all the channels including my two favorites, Food Network and the Cooking Channel. A friend of mine mentioned that I am about the only person he knows that has gained a real skill from watching television because I learned just about everything I know about cooking from what I have watched on TV.
I am a little sad about turning off my home phone. But there are two definite bonuses to doing so. First, people won’t be able to call me at home first thing in the morning on my day off to tell me about some random news story that could have waited until Monday (because I am listed in the phone book). Secondly, I’m just used to having a home phone. It will be a little weird to rely solely on my cell phone, but it’s hard to justify paying as much as I do for my cell phone and then paying another $33 a month for my home phone.
As for my Internet, I just paid $125 to have my home computer fixed after a bad CD corrupted the system and it has all of my pictures on it, so sometime after Christmas I’m going to invest in a USB Wi-Fi antenna so that I will be able to use that computer on the Internet as well.
So while making the switch has been a bit of an adjustment, saving that much money a year makes it all worth while.
Mondee Tilley is a reporter with The Mount Airy News. She will not be able to be reached at 786-8814 ever again. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 719-1930.