Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cold Turkey

Why does it take me so long to write a post?  I have about 50 posts in my head.  If I could stick a USB drive in my head and download it to my blog then you would have a post a day!  Oh well...

We went cold turkey and cancelled our cable.  Unfortunately, we are still tied to the cable company because we use them for our internet connection.  It's the only available option we have. But cancelling the cable saves us about $50 a month.  We had a pretty basic package.

There are lots of articles on the net that tell you ways to go cable/satellite free.  We already owned a Wii, so that was the cheap way to go.  We use the Wii to connect to Netflix.  We pay $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming and one DVD via mail a month.  The $7.99 option is for streaming only.

We were going to install an over the air antennae for the house but are waiting on that.  We want to see if we actually miss network TV.  If we decide to go that route, we would install an antennae to our chimney and run the wire to our cable box.  It allows reception to any TV hooked up via a co-ax cable.  No set top rabbit ears hear.  This would cost about $200.

I really thought the kids would miss there regular shows.  They have loved all the new option they have.  Since we only had basic cable there were some kids shows we didn't get.  They have discovered an old time Super Mario Brothers Show, Backyardigans, Angelina Ballerina Movies, and Spiderman.

Lots of people who ditch cable say they like it because they become more intentional about watching TV.  That hasn't really happened for us because we have had a DVR for years.  The cool thing has been that my husband and I have discovered shows that we would have never watched before!  We can start from season 1, and watch away!  My favorite two gems are "Veronica Mars" from UPN and "Eureka" from the SyFy channel.  We love these!  And by watching on Netflix, there are NO commercials!  No annoying Viagra commercials or toys the kids beg us to have.

And for the network shows we do want to watch we go to Hulu.  We either watch it on the laptop or hook it to our TV from the laptop.  It's all very freeing!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quick tip-Extra Space

Need some extra space in your house?  I think most of us who have kids do!  I have a simple solution that I LOVE!  I have a clothesline in my laundry room.  It's one like this:
It's retractable, but I mostly have it out.  It stretches out over the washer and dryer.  I use it all the time!  Of course I use it for drying clothes.  I also use it to hang fingerpainted creations that need to dry.  It works great if you need to spray febreeze on an item, like a blanket.  Just clothespin it up, spray, and let dry.  I also hang pool toys, swim suits, and the like on it to dry.  I believe I paid about $10 for it.  It has really paid off.  If I were to get another one, I would consider this one:
If you have any great space savers in your life, I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quick tip-Cut where you are

Here is such a simple way to make your life easier.  Put scissors where you need them.  I keep a pair of relatively good hair scissors in the bathroom (in a childproof locked drawer).  I use them to trim hubbie's sideburns, cut clothing tags, trim stray threads, etc.  I also keep a pair of child's scissors in my car.  They are perfect for opening that toy that the kiddos can't wait to open.  I've also used them to cut out a coupon, trim a shoelace that has gotten frayed, and open other various packages.  Maybe there is a place that you need to stash a pair of scissors.  If you find yourself always leaving the room you are in to get a pair of scissors, then buy a pair for that place!  Save yourself some steps.

I'd love to hear if you have a quick-tip that saves you time, steps, or effort!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quick tip-Laundry

Since I can't seem to get a long post written, I thought I would do a series of quick tips that make my life easier!

I keep a bottle of stain pre-treatment spray right next to our dirty clothes.  This way, it's right there where I need it.  Not all the way downstairs in the laundry (although I keep a bottle there too!)  I'm not one to advocate buying more than you need, but sometimes having two of something just makes sense!