The never-ending lineup of places wanting to put their hands in my wallet and help themselves to our cash flow is maddening. Cereal is more expensive these days than ever and milk at 2 gallons for $5 is a fading memory. Medical expenses are on the rise, taxes never cease to increase, and I am sure another postage price jump is somewhere on the horizon. It can begin to feel out of control. For a rather independent-minded individual like me, this situation brings to the surface my determination to beat the system and stay steady on our path to remain a one-income family in a two-income world.
Since I can’t buy a cow for milk or a horse for transportation, other means of saving money must be considered. For some time I have considered cutting our cable TV service for good. Now is the time. We are currently using an HD antenna which is adequately bringing in several channels without much difficulty. Our home is surrounded by large oak trees (our natural air conditioning), making reception a little difficult but not impossible. I have been pleasantly surprised with the success of this HD antenna. Add in our existing Netflix account and a Roku thrown in for free by our most recent TV provider and we have plenty of options. So we have cut the cord and are now a Dish-less home. I have been pleasantly surprised with our success so far as a cable-free family.
The Land of the Cable Free has also included a determination to reconnect with our local library. With so many free resources found in this one delightful place, I can spend an hour or two in relaxing silence reading, researching, or idea-finding and return home without spending a dime (except for the occasional fine for returning items late – yes, we do that too!) Then we can watch a family movie, have a reading night or try a new recipe out of a magazine. All fun, all free.
So if you haven’t visited your local library in a while, please make plans to stop by soon. Your new discoveries at the library will renew your mind and refresh your spirit – and you might even find yourself cutting the cable cord and refilling your wallet as well!