Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 New Years Resolution - Get My Mom to Give Up Cable TV

My mom holding me as a baby (1968)

If your mom is anything like my mom, any technology change is a big event. My mom pays a ridiculous amount of money ($152) for a Phone / Internet / TV cable package. She barely uses her home phone, and watches very little TV because she's never home. I've been telling her to give up 2/3's of her package and save herself about $100 a month. Unfortunately... she resists change and continues to refuse to cut the cord.

I've given up just asking her to make the change. It's time for Plan B... show her a better way. Here's the plan:

  1. Give a Gift - I gave my mother a Roku box and an antenna for Christmas.  The Roku box was installed on Christmas day, but the antenna is still in the box.  
  2. Wait - Mom is loving the Roku box and Netflix.  I'm going to wait a month to let her realize that she is watching very little cable tv.
  3. Antenna - after the month is up, I'm going to hook up her antenna and show her how many channels she can get for free.
  4. Have "the talk" - I will sit her down, ask her how much cable tv she's watching, and ask if the limited amount of cable she's watching is worth $1,000 a year.  After all... that money could be going towards my inheritance!!!

If I can't convince my mother to cut the cord, I really have no business blogging about it. The fate of this blog rests on my ability to convince my mom to make the change. If I can't get my mom to cut the cord by the end of 2011, I'm going to have to turn the lights out on this blog. Wish me luck!!!