So unless something wildly unforeseen occurs within the next couple of weeks, I’ll soon be living in a home that I purchased in the beautiful suburban sprawl of Overland Park. And because of this monumental change, I’ll no longer be taking the bus to work as I have for the past four years.
So I bought a car.
(I’d briefly entertained the notion of taking the bus from Johnson County each and every day, but after talking to coworkers who’ve attempted the same thing, I came to the conclusion that such a journey would likely take anywhere from two to four hours. No thanks, JO.)
With all of this newly acquired, crippling debt (to be fair, mortgage+car payment+insurance= still cheaper than my current rent… sick, right?), I’ve decided that I’d like to start cutting as many costs as possible to pay down my debt as quickly as I can.
This is what everyone does, right?
But I’m not about to switch to cheap beer, and I don’t go out a lot, as is. I only eat meals somewhere other than my home two or three times a month; I go to see a movie in the theater once or twice a year. Truly, mine is a life of simple means.
One thing I thoroughly enjoy, however, is television. And though I’d never entertain the notion of becoming one of those smug assholes who proudly proclaim, “I don’t even OWN a television,” I figure there’s gotta be a cheaper way of getting my idiot box fix.
For the grand majority of my life, I’ve been a Time Warner Cable subscriber. I have the normal HD package, no premium channels like HBO or Showtime. Coupled with my “high speed” internet, I pay $103 a month.
And yes, everything you’ve heard about Time Warner being awful (for those blessed enough to not know first hand) is true. The service is splotchy which means occasional blackouts, and the customer service is like humanizing 14 grapefruit-sized bees, taping them together, and sticking them repeatedly into your butt.
But the REAL rub—the thing that’s pushing me toward an alternative solution—is the cost.
With the almighty power of Netflix, and the popularity surge of things like Hulu, Roku and Amazon Instant Speed Super Prime Video (or whatever it’s called), there HAS to be a cheaper way for me to go than with the monopolistic tyranny of the TWC dark lords, doesn’t there? I’m tired of this master, and I’d like to break the chains.
I know the first step would be a digital converter box for local channels. (I need Stephanie Ramos in my life. I just… do.)
I know that I need a way to watch shows on AMC and FX not long after they air. (Having grown so accustomed to the delayed gratification of the DVR, I don’t mind missing most shows as they air. That said, I don’t want to have to wait for the entire season to be added to Netflix, either.)
The last one is the biggest, I think. I need It’s Always Sunny… and The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels and American Horror Story: A Bunch of Crazy Shit About Witches.
And perhaps that’s why I’m turning to you, faithful KCC readers.
What is your experience with things like Hulu, Roku and Amazon Whatever It Is? Do you use any of these services/programs with regularity? Is my idea of ditching cable completely ridiculous? Would my implementation of multiple entertainment sources be a headache? Would it even actually SAVE me anything? Would I just be better off looking into AT&T or DIRECTV? Anyone wanna help me move in September?
I look forward to your helpful comments right down there in the ol’ comment section.