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Old 05-18-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Da Region
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We have cable and internet together, and never use our computers for watching anything. We get Netflix through the mail, because we like it that way.

We just have digital basic, so we don't pay extra for any of the HBO, or SHO type channels. We don't even use On Demand.

We really watch a lot of BBC America because we love Doctor Who (we go waaaaaaaaaaaay back). Can't get that without digital basic.

We're very tempted to just completely drop television altogether, but if we don't, blame the Doctor!
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Ocean View, DE
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Charley: "When Weather Stole Your Grandmother's Cookies"--LOL!!!

And I agree with you--I miss the 24/7 weather!!
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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I re-checked with all the neighbors having antennas here in our town, and they get the channels we "need" and currently pay for - Phillies Baseball, NFL Baltimore/Philly games, Fox 29 News, WBOC Salisbury, Channel 47 local, and Channel 4 (American Idol, if there's nothing else on). All else doesn't interest us, but two neighbors can watch all the cooking and reality shows with their antenna and some have that Wingard antennae, Susan, so I'm shopping for that this week. Comcast just went up again this billing cycle, both internet access and t.v. and I've had it with them.

When I get this straightened out, I'm getting rid of my Verizon cell phone and buying a $20 phone from WalMart, and buying WalMart minutes every 3 months (just like the drug dealers do) I use about 30 minutes/month, don't text, and am paying for 400 minutes/month, and get an additional 100 minutes "free". It's their cheapest plan, they say at $44.95/month. Time to get real.

Suzan....towns don't have problems with antennas, but subdivisions have restrictions. I'm glad I have a choice.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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When I get this straightened out, I'm getting rid of my Verizon cell phone and buying a $20 phone from WalMart, and buying WalMart minutes every 3 months (just like the drug dealers do) I use about 30 minutes/month, don't text, and am paying for 400 minutes/month, and get an additional 100 minutes "free". It's their cheapest plan, they say at $44.95/month. Time to get real.
RDLR - I threatened Verizon Wireless the same way. I told them I didn't need all that crap and that I only use about 20-30 minutes per month also. I used the same line about getting the disposable phone.

Well guess what - they have a secret little plan that they don't advertise. It's called "America's Choice Loyalty". It's for us long-time members who threaten to leave. (That's not the way they described it, but that's what it is.) It's $25 a month for 100 minutes plus free nights and weekends. With taxes (in NY) it's $31 a month. I stayed with them.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I cut out the satilite two years ago but did put up an antenna so I could watch the local news. My television is on maybe 15 minutes a day and less when the idiocy of the news readers gets to be too much.

I do maintain a subscription to Netflix (DVD only since I do not have access to broadband internet out here in the country). I enjoy a good movie from time to time.

I do not miss it. I think constant television viewing makes you stuipid because it replaces your need to actually think for yourself. It is nothing but "programming" telling you what to think and what to buy at the grocery store.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:19 PM
 
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Thanks, Charley.
Years ago, I had that America's Choice plan - 30 minutes/month for $15.00 and I kept going over the limit. Each additional minute was expensive, and my bill was up to $45-$50/month, so I went with this other plan.

About the antenna, Lowes doesn't have the Wingard Square Shooter 2000, only RCA. I'm still investigating this possibility. The salesman there was dismayed also, saying his cable bill with internet and t.v. was over $225/month.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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Amazon.com: Winegard MS-2000 HDTV Antenna with Cable: Electronics

Here ya go!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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We don't have cable/satellite either, don't miss it at all. Anything we don't get via antenna we can find online plus we also have unlimited Netflix streaming ($9/month) for TV shows and movies.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Buffalo Metro Area
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Ok guys..i will share my frugal way with you,that way i give back to the community...

my monthly payment for tv, voip home phone, 3mb dsl line and 3 unlimited everything cellphone lines $160.00 a month

breakdown:

Internet : $27 with dsl extreme (Fired Verizon)
Cell lines : $127.00 with Walmart family mobile (Fired T-Mobile)
Home Phone $10.00 With Callcentric (Fired Verizon)
Tv $0 Hulu, and network streaming (Fired Dish Network

Internet details: Dsl extreme is a company located in the west coast and the way they work is through your local phone company,i believe they will service wherever verizon (in my case) and att or comcast (not sure about that).I pretty much get the same verizon service but do not have to deal with verizon (a big plus as i ranked them the worst company in customer service) and is cheaper.

cell phone Details: Walmart Family mobile was introduced by walmart late last year and is walmart branded but partnered with t-mobile.pretty much they use t-mobile antennas and customer service.$45 for the first phone plus 25 for any additional up to 5 lines,that includes unlimited text and voice.Data is optional and can be added at any time,i load $40 every four moth which breaks to about $10 a month and pretty much use it unlimited as my kids do not use data on their phones.One good thing over all other cheap services out there is the fact that they are BYOP (bring your own phone) meaning that you can bring any t-mobile or att compatible phone .

Home Phone details: I have what is called VOIP (voice over ip) is pretty much phone service through the dsl line.I spend about $10 a month to keep a home phone.Could also go with vonage provably or some other.

TV Service Details:I bought a 46" SAMSUNG 460FPN-2 for about $500 (I was shopping for a tv anyways),Note that this is not a tv but a monitor.The advantage is that been a signage monitor it has a built in embedded xp computer.Then watching Hulu programing in it is pretty simple with my wireless mouse and keyboard,also streaming anything on my local network is a snap.Only disadvantage is that it do not have a built in tuner,will be soon shopping for an external tuner so i can add an antenna to it.

I'm sharing my frugal setting for others to replicate or anybody with an idea on how or what i can do better feel free to post your comment...

Sorry original poster for hijacking your post.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I found a great deal on cell service IF you are not using it much. I pay five bucks a month for 30 minutes of air time. It expires every month but there is no "monthly fee" A flat five dollars and I can increase it if needed but at .16 cents a minute. It is with "Stargate mobile".

I use the phone only for emergency- I don't use it for chatting.
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