When I got around to doing the math a few months back, I got really excited about the $792 that would not be leaving my bank account in 2016. Getting rid of our cable and internet package meant having $66 a month more than last year.
What would I do with this extra cash?
Before I started enjoying my savings in earnest, I did have to upgrade some things around my place in order for my plan to dump cable/keep my wife happy to really work. I didn’t want her to feel like we getting rid of something else again in order to scrape by. So technically speaking, some of those savings were already spent beforehand.
You got to spend money before you can make money?
Probably true. Sometimes…
The real satisfaction came a few months after we ditched cable, and it wasn’t technology related. My wife came home from the store with a couple of pairs of sandals for herself. That might not sound like a big deal. The two pairs had cost about $50 total. Except, she never buys anything for herself, at least not since I got a dramatic pay cut at work nearly three years ago.
So, that’s become the real magic for me with switching things up with our TV consumption in the name of saving money.
Sixty-six dollars a month may not sound like a windfall to a lot of people, but it does to me. I read somewhere once I that needed to learn how to respect $10.
When you don’t have it as much as you used to, you learn to respect it a lot more.
The beginning of each month would usually bring a certain amount of anxiety – at least for me – when the rent was due around the same time as some overlapping monthly bills. That’s happening a lot less. And I can’t put a price on that.