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Canceling Cable May Save More Than You Think

When we canceled our cable bill several years ago, I was only looking to save the $60 per month on the bill. We have saved almost $2000 so far, on the cable bill alone, but I’ve noticed another way not having cable keeps our budget under control.

No commercials.

The girls don’t get the wants from all their favorite shows. The hubby and I don’t see amazing movie trailers that have us hitting the theater. Even the grocery budget gets a little help.

Admit it — you reach for the name brands you know because their marketing is awesome!

It really is amazing how little they ask for these days. The youngest has a birthday on Friday, and I was completely clueless about what she might want. There’s nothing she has asked for and nothing that she talks about.

Thank goodness the toy catalogs have arrived. She’s been circling all week! This allows me to tailor it to fit my budget. I can do my own marketing, talking up the less expensive items she’s eyeing and offering no comment on the pricey things we just can’t buy.

I have her completely convinced that she desperately wants a few things I already have in the gift closet, and now she’s begging for things that are well below our usual budget. Which is good, since the budget has taken a hit this year.

How do you keep marketing from impacting your kids?
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