Anyways, the topic of the day in LiLa Land is how we can save money without sacrificing our basic needs (er...wants). According to lots of random bits of information picked up from years of half-watching Oprah and The Today Show I've learned that there are ways to save money without making any drastic changes in your day-to-day-life. These changes include:
- Skipping Starbucks;
- Dining in; and
- Scaling back cable.
So, I've got one and two DOWN. I'm proud to say my Skinny Vanilla Latte habit is almost completely kicked. I'll grab a latte from Dunkin' Donuts once in a while, but my daily caffeine fixes are a thing of the past.
We're also pretty good about avoiding restaurants. The truth is, I actually sort of enjoy cooking, and eating out with two kids isn't exactly relaxing, so we've got that one covered.
But when it comes to my monthly cable bill, I'm literally being raped by AT&T uVerse on a monthly basis. In fact, I'm humiliated to publicly admit how much I pay for the privilege of watching all of my favorite shows. Suffice it to say that I'd be able to buy lattes for an entire small country with the money I spend on cable, internet and phone.
So, like clockwork, every few months I channel my inner Suze Orman and dutifully call my cable company to see what I can cut out to somehow make my cable bill less than the cost of the average American's rent.
And every single time I call they tell me that I can save $10 by cutting out movie channels except HBO. Ridiculous, right?
Now some of you recessionistas might be wondering why I don't just ditch HBO. Well, that's easy:
Suze Orman would HATE me.