said by funchords:I understand your point. My thought process would be to reduce some of the services that are not needed anymore since we have a smaller household (HBO, Cinemax, top tier internet service - things the kids enjoyed) and enjoy the services that we need at that point. After doing that I would be still be satisfied due to the fact that we have lived within our means for years, worked hard, saved and invested money along the way and a $150 cable bill (at that point in the future) is not a strapping bill and we are still living within our means. said by The Truth:
What needs to happen is get a grasp on your budget and realize that the cable bill (or satellite, or Uverse ...) is your best bang for the buck at @ $5 per day for (in our case) 2 adults and 3 children which equals @ $1 per day per person for 3 services.
It's a decent way to think about it. Now think ahead.
What happens when the three children leave, you and the spouse retire, and it's just the two of you on half of your former income?
Reduce your cable bill by 50-60% and try to remain satisfied with what's left.
(This exercise doesn't count the fact that cable bills rise at about twice the rate of inflation.)