Thursday, August 14, 2008

Frugal Friday




My frugal friday tip is pretty simple: Don't Pay for TV.  

That's it.  Simple, simple, simple!

My husband and I, after 7 years of marriage have never paid for TV.  We've always just used "bunny ears" and had more than enough options on what to watch.  Especially now as the networks and seasons are changing, there is new shows on more often.  

We find that we can still find plenty of good shows that we enjoy watching.  Lately the Olympics have been on non-stop.  But we also enjoy LOST, Surivor, The Amazing Race, and so many others.

Or if you'd rather have TV on your schedule, check out the network websites and you'll find plenty of options for your entertainment.  I just watched the finale of The Mole on ABC and if you haven't checked it out yet, it's a must see.

Now for those of us who do use "bunny ears," the "digital revolution" is quickly approaching.  I'm personally not that excited about it, but it's not my choice.  So we will be paying a bit for TV in the future as we'll be purchasing a converter box.  But did you know that you can get a government issued coupon for this purchase?

Check out www.dtv2009.gov.  The government will issue you 1-2 coupons worth $40 each toward a converter box at a store near you.  We just got ours in the mail today and I'll be checking out Walmart soon as our PBS station is converting at the end of the week.  Sesame Street is quickly becoming a must in our household.

So take it from us... you really don't need to pay for TV.  Some days I wish I had the Food Network or TLC.  But still we watch more than we should and don't really miss it.  That's one great asset to our monthly budget.

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5 comments:

amysfinerthings said...

I'm so glad we aren't the only family who doesn't pay for tv -- around here people tend to look at us like we are from Mars! Good for you!

Merrimom said...

I totally agree, however, no matter how hard I try, I can't get my husband to jump on board! He thinks he couldn't live without the History channel, Discovery Channel, and whatever channels get the Nascar races on the weekends...crazy man! I figure that is one of his only vices, and as far as vices go, that's not bad.

Teresa said...

We do not pay for tv, and I hope we never do. We try and not watch much tv at all. Our days are filled with plenty more to do, and amazingly, our kids don't ask to watch tv either. It is not a priority in this house!

Audra Krell said...

Wow those vouchers are truly amazing to me. That is so great that you got some - I hope you don't ever have to pay for TV either!

Kelly said...

You can go to a web site named HULU and watch a lot of different shows on your computer for free . Their programming is very diverse , so I would not let a child browse there . They have a variety of network , cable and independent media . I missed the finale of Hell's Kitchen and was able to watch it on there . We do not have tivio . We do have high speed internet through our cable provider and we would rather have High Speed than cable !

We did not get cable until our son was a senior in high school . Between network tv and video games , he already had enough distractions !

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