I mentioned earlier this week that I was switching from Dish Network to Comcast Cable or Xfinity as they call it. Yesterday morning the the Cable Guy shows up at exactly 8:00 AM as scheduled, was polite and skilled. I have everything set up for him to just plug and play away inside while he was installing the new service outside. He assisted me with setting up the new high speed internet and gave a wonderful presentation of using the new voice activated remote. Everything was set up in a little more than an hour. As we use Voyage for our landline service it was easy to simply plug their box into the new cable internet box and instantly get a dial tone.
I can say that so far I am very pleased with the whole package. I have everything set up in a small cabinet in the living room. I disconnected all of the devices that Dish had installed and called their service number to also find no difficulties at all cancelling my service with them. They are even sending a box to place all of their equipment in and ship back to them for free.
My average bill with Dish was $ 166.00 per month. I locked in on a 24 month contract that will cost me $ 109.95 per month plus taxes of 17.46. After 24 months the cost will go up to $ 149.95 per month plus taxes which will bring to what I was paying for Dish.
So overall I will be saving an average of $ 40.00 per month for 24 months which means that I will have a total of $ 960.00 to place towards the task of paying down my mortgage. Not too shabby for faster internet along with HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinamax. Even though I don’t watch TV too often when I do I detest the whole advertisement thing. Having access to these premium channels means not renting movies which is also a cost savings.
I know that some of my Minimalist friends would tell me that I should have dropped all services other than internet and some would even tell me drop internet also and use the local coffee shop to get online. I cannot tell you that I have actually thought about that, but the bottom line is that while I am saving a great deal of money on managing to live a frugal lifestyle there are things in my life that I actually enjoy. High speed internet in the comfort of my home and some enjoyable entertainment is a part of that. We all make choices to reduce certain things in our lives, while it is equally important to enhance those things that bring us joy. And besides, I am not the only one who lives in our household and as everyone knows it is extremely important to find balance at home.