Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Month Without Internet or Cable

Well, I did it, I went the month of May without a cable or even an Internet subscription. The results:

  • Redbox: 10 rentals for a total of $10.17
  • Coffee Shops: 2 visits (I may have missed a third) for a total of $10.52
  • Best Buy: One season of Entourage and the Wall Street double pack for a total of $57.76
  • iPhone usage of 1.6 GB of data, the most I have ever used by far

The result from this experiment is that I really do not miss access to the Internet that much. I miss it of course, but I still can not justify $55 a month for cable Internet.

My iPhone Data usage May 2010 to May 2011
(the month listed refers to last day in billing cycle, usually the 1st or 2nd day of the month)
The implications are that I do not plan to have cable for a long time, while I miss having quick access to the Internet, I have it on my phone, at work, at the public library, at the laundry mat, and at a number of coffee shops. The interesting thing is that I probably used my computer less since moving to Dubuque than I have in the whole time I have owned it. I suppose that is not surprising considering that I spend 8-9 hours a day in front of a computer at work. Sitting in front of the computer at home does not always seem like relaxing.

So the trend will continue. With the money that I save, I'll probably buy a down suit. No kidding.

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