Tuesday, February 08, 2011
The Pastor and I have been contemplating turning off our Dish Network Satellite TV for quite awhile. His rationale is that it will save us money. Mine falls more in the camp of "there's-nothing-but-trash-on". Either way a little over a month ago, we finally decided to take the plunge and turn it off for awhile. It was also good timing, as we are leading a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our church, so it was a great time to be cutting back on expenses and saving money.
For Christmas, The Pastor bought me a new, fancy internet-ready Blu-ray player, and we already had a Netflix account, so I reasoned turning off the satellite would be pretty painless. The way I had it figured, we would just stream Netflix through the Blu-ray player and watch DVD's and other internet content. (If you're confused by the previous statement, you might want to take a peek at my other blog--The Tech Mom).
So, off went the satellite, on went the internet TV show watching. However, I made one slight error in my calculations. I forgot to factor in the all important detail that I have a limit on how much I can download from my Verizon internet service before I start getting dinged with per megabyte charges. This turned out to be a very detrimental item to leave out.
When I looked at my internet report, we had gone 1,000 megabytes (yes, that's 1GB) over our allotted usage. I'm not going to do the math for you, but suffice to say, that is an extremely large bill...especially to save $39 bucks for a month's worth of satellite.
Stupid Verizon. Stupid Netflix. Stupid Dave Ramsey.