Raising Kids, Homeschooling, Trying to be Financially Healthy
I am not a fan of commitments. I mean more of a binding financial origin, not relational or responsibility oriented. When we first moved to Tennessee a couple of years ago, I found out that we couldn’t have any TV service other than satellite (read: TV with a contract). We tried antennas, but the signal doesn’t reach that far. The cable stopped just short of us. It was frustrating and I fought it for a while, getting TV series from the library and doing other things than TV. We aren’t even that big of TV watchers (especially my husband who would be fine if we didn’t have it all together), but eventually, the kids wanting to watch something, my boredom when my husband was gone for weeks at a time, and the lack of local weather and news caused me to break down. I signed the commitment about 1 year and 3 months ago. So, now I have 9 months to go on a contract and an impending layoff or cutback in our financial situation. I already have the lowest plan offered, or so I thought. It turns out that it was the lowest plan offered online, but it wasn’t’ the lowest offered entirely. I spoke with them and found out about the Welcome Pack which is a $20 plan (okay $19.99, I am a rounder) that includes the local channels, the weather channel, and some other actually great channels (History Channel, Discovery Family Channel, TLC, Hallmark Channel, Comedy Central, HGTV, and Food Network which happens to be one of my children’s favorite channels). I also know that if we got really in a bind, we can pause the contract by paying $5 a month but that just extends the period as well, so for now, we will leave it where it is. One bill reduced, awesome! Lesson: it really does pay to ask.