If I’ve learned one thing from paying off nearly $90,000 of debt, it’s that I rarely regret going with the cheaper option.
In the last few months, I’ve consistently chosen the cheaper option when presented with a few choices.
- I chose to live in a smaller, less nice apartment to save money.
- I chose to sell my SUV in favor of walking or taking the bus.
- I chose a moissanite stone instead of a diamond for my engagement ring.
Continuing with that trend it’s only natural that I forgo paying for internet. I thought it would be tough but it’s actually pretty painless.
My apartment offers crappy WiFi but it works for me.
Here is how I manage beyond that:
I walk to places with free WiFi
Whenever I want to use the internet for a long period of time, I put my laptop in my bag and walk to a coffee shop. I sit there for a few hours and I get stuff done.
I’ve found I’m much more productive when my time online is time boxed and I’m addicted to coffee so I don’t mind the expense of the caffeine.
I used to procrastinate getting my grad school homework done, for example, but now I can’t procrastinate unless I want to sit there all day.
So many places have free WiFi. You likely have an abundance of grocery stores, bookstores, and coffee shops within a walk or short drive from your place. Take advantage of them and save.
I have a supportive partner
My fiancé is used to my ways by now and he’s very supportive of the plan to never get internet beyond what we have for free in the apartment.
He also uses the data on his personal phone or he goes to Starbucks when the signal is weak.
I go old school for entertainment
There are these discs that come in plastic boxes that contain all of the old movies and T.V. shows you’ll find on Netflix. They’re great!! You may have heard of them? 😉
In all seriousness, I’ve been without a Netflix binge for 8 weeks and I’m completely fine.
We’ve started going through our old DVD collection and haven’t run out of content to watch yet. I also have an HDTV antenna that I bought for cheap on Amazon and we get 40+ channels including ABC, NBC, and local channels.
I focus on us
We also *gasp* talk to each other now instead of googling away on our computers in silence with terrible posture. (I’m still working on the posture!)
We pay more attention to our dog too instead of leaving him curled up on his doggy bed while we watch one more episode of True Blood.
It’s been a good change for us.
I remember the savings
We’ve estimated that we’ll probably save around $960 a year by forgoing better internet.
We’ll potentially save more if we think about the online shopping that will be avoided, the lack of Netflix and other streaming subscriptions that we used to pay for, and also the value of all the time we would spend googling down a rabbit hole.
$960 is almost 20% of an IRA contribution right there and that money will grow over time.
Would you ever go without internet? Any tips on how to reduce spending on internet?
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