July 27, 2008
The down grade
I believe that becoming frugal is down grading one level at a time. You can't go from driving a SUV to riding your bike to work. I'm a big believer in baby steps. (taken from one of my favourite movies, "What about Bob?")
We recently down graded out tv programming. We have Directv. (an antenna does not work at our house - we get nothing without a satelite dish) We had the "total choice" package with the DVR. We don't watch tons of tv - but what we do watch we love and are pretty loyal. Like all of us, however, we really could do without. I called Directv and asked what would it take to get rid of the whole thing. I found out that we are 7 months into a 24 month contract. GRRRR. Enable to get out of the contract it would cost us $20 per month for each remaining month or $340. I simply explained that I wanted to lower my cost. The man was really nice. We ended up down grading to the lower package, the family package. (was $52.99 - now $29.99) Nice savings.
For some of you this may still be too much to spend on tv. Some of you may not have cable at all. For me this is a down grade - one level lower.
What could you live on one level lower?