5 1/2 years of my life has been spent being blessed by the gift of marriage.
for over 5 of those years we have not had cable television! "how?" you ask?
Aside from believing that 'reality' television and the news stations fill our heads with negativity and unrealistic expectations. Which in turn cause distractions and stress in life, we simply cannot afford the cost of cable.
"Chelsea, wait! You guys can afford a 2013 truck, adoption related expenses, going out with friends or family, donating to church, healthy foods but you can't afford cable?" yes!!!!!!!!!
When we say that we cannot afford something it means the cost is not within our budget. We have created a budget for our family that is built around our priorities. Our priorities are focused around our morals and our goals. There is simply not room for the high cost of cable television. Having a safe, reliable vehicle that fits our family and our adventures was a must. Growing our family through the gift of adoption is something we felt and feel strongly to continue to do. Spending quality time with our friends and family is so important to us and sometimes that means doing activities that require expense. We donate to our church because it is a place that we want to give back to. Trying to eat healthy food is important for my entire families health and well-being.
"Alright, so what do you do instead?"
We purchased a flat screen smart TV on Amazon Prime Day for a one time fee of $100.00. We watch TV shows and movies through things like Netflix and Amazon. Basic Netflix is currently around $7.99 per month and Amazon Prime is a one time annual fee of $99.00.
"Ok Chels, so do you pay for internet to stream these things?" Yes but it is not your traditional home WIFI through your cable company. Here is what we do. My husband and I both have cell phones on one bundle plan. For an extra $10.00 per month we pay for a hot spot device that our smart TV easily connects to. This same device is what also connected me to the internet on my computer and aloud me to generate this blog post for you.
wifi $10.00/month x 12 Months = $120.00