Jan 03 2008

Breaking down and buying cable

I’m really excited. I’m surprised at how excited I am.

Ever since we moved to Pittsburgh last June, my husband and I have been watching just a tiny bit of TV–just stuff we can see over the airwaves.

The picture isn’t always clear, but we figured it would be an incentive to avoid watching too much TV.

There have been times where I wished the TV picture wasn’t fuzzy. And there are a few channels I absolutely missed.

DH and I talked about it, and decided we’d be willing to spend $20 per month on cable. I know that’s $240 per year, but for pete’s sake, we can afford it.

Stacey commented and suggested I call and ask for the cable company’s best basic, unadvertised rates.

Excellent advice, Stacey!

I called Comcast and asked for their best rate on cable service.

“$50,” he said.

“O RLY?” I shot back. “I’m looking for a cheaper package. What can you offer me?”

He told me their ultra basic package of the local channels plus QVC, the Weather Channel, and the TV Guide channel cost between $12 and $18 per month, depending on area.

“How much for me?” I wanted to know.

Turns out, it would be $12. Not bad, indeed.

He said for an additional $7 per month, they would add more channels–including movie channels. If it’s a good lineup, we’ll keep it, if not, we’ll cancel it.

That extra $7 per month would make our TV options better, and it keeps us within our $20 set price. Woo hoo!

An added benefit: Now, we won’t have to use those $40 coupons and spend however much to buy a digital converter box.

9 Responses to “Breaking down and buying cable”

  1. Very cool. I think calling was a great idea!

    TV isn’t necessary, but it can be nice sometimes. :)

  2. Hi Kacie,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m just getting started with blogging. I just wanted to let you know how I enjoy reading the entries on your site.

    Hope its OK, but I am going to put a link to your site on my blogroll so others can check out your site.


  3. I think this is the first time I have come across a blogger living so close.
    I am from the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh…just up Route 28 really. Take the Freeport exit if you are familiar with the area.

    I am looking forward to reading your blog from now on.

  4. Ah, Kacie, I envy your $20 cable bill. I have DirectTV and pays $50/month. It’s time to make some phone calls myself.

  5. Yea!!! Way to go! I don’t think you’ll regret getting cable!

  6. If the coupons allow you to get a converter box for free, you may want to get it anyway, in case you end up not wanting cable in the future. It’s likely the coupons won’t be offered forever, and then you’ll have to buy one outright.

  7. Good point, Bethany.

    I’ll be investigating the price of these converter boxes to see what kind of bargains can be had.

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