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However, after examining our cable bill, I saw that we could save about $30 more a month by getting rid of the whole shebang.
This is not goodbye, PBS. Let's think of this as a "See ya later", okay?
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I wish I hadn't.
A few weeks ago, though, we took a good, hard look at our finances and goals, and started slashing unnecessary items that moved us further from where we wanted to be.
It was hard at first. And incredibly humbling.
Yet, when I think about what we're gaining, rather than what we're supposedly losing out on, I know this is right for us. The entire journey thus far has been tough, but the "pain" has been for a purpose. We are finally on track to living out our dreams. After countless late-night conversations about "what we'll do when", we shifted our focus and made "today" our "someday". In exchange for a life of our own making, all I had to do was take my credit card out of my wallet, stop watching so much televisions, and be more mindful of the money we receive? I only regret not reaching this conclusion sooner.
Will we be able to hop on a plane--with the kids!--bound for Europe tomorrow? Nah. Next year? Highly unlikely. The year after that, though? Maybe.
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I am finally at the point where I want to invest in experiences rather than stuff that sits, clutters, collects dust, and eventually gets discarded. I'm not against all stuff, mind you; I simply want to be surrounded by meaningful, useful things and nothing else.
And what about those amazing PBS shows for the kids? Well, they're available on Netflix's unlimited streaming plan. For $8 a month, we can watch any show, anytime.
I can't wait to see what else I can do without.
If you've got an awesome money-saving idea, feel free to share it in the comments!