Working on my version of minimalism

It seems the harder I try to live a life of minimalism, the harder it becomes. It’s as though the Universe knows of my plans and is doing everything in its power to thwart my efforts.

First, our Internet cable provider tried to raise our rates. We signed up with Antietam Cable one year ago. It turned out we were paying an introductory fee of $59.95 a month for high-speed Internet. That came with 50 Mbps downloads and 600 GB of data a month. Yes, they cap our data. To commemorate our one-year anniversary with Antietam Cable they tried to increase our bill to $89. 95 a month, a $30 monthly increase.

Instead of just taking this increase, I called Antietam Cable and downgraded our package. We’re now paying $54.95 a month for high-speed Internet. Downloads are now down to 10 Mbps. That’s more than enough. Netflix and YouTube look no different than when we were downloading at 50 Mbps. Our data is now capped at 350 GB a month. Even when we were trying to do the whole cord cutting thing, we never used more than 350 GB a month.

What I learned is that we had way more Internet than what we needed. Instead of paying another $30 a month, we’re actually saving five bucks a month.

Secondly, I noticed MLB.TV charged my credit card for the 2017 season. I had MLB.TV last year so that I could watch the Los Angeles Dodgers. I wasn’t planning on renewing my subscription this year. It would seem that I was auto renewed. I canceled my subscription, but it looks like they canceled my subscription for the 2018 season, not this season. At least that’s what I gathered from the email they sent me. This contradicts the message on the screen I read upon canceling my subscription. It said my 2017 MLB.TV Premium Yearly Subscription was canceled.

I contacted MLB.TV support along with a screenshot of the confirmation screen. If they don’t return the money back to my credit card, I’ll file a chargeback with my credit card.

For me, minimalism means not paying extra to watch baseball games.  I already get every Orioles and Nationals game with Dish. I’ll also get games Fox, ESPN, TBS, and the MLB Network. I don’t need to watch the Dodgers.

The more I delve into this thing called minimalism, the more I realize minimalism comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. What is minimalism to one person may not be minimalism to someone else. To some people, just having a TV in your home is not “true” minimalism. That’s fine for them. I’m not that type of minimalist, nor do I want to be. I’m focusing on my own version of minimalism and working to stay true to that.

 

Author: Rick Rottman

This is my personal blog. It's where I write about things when I feel like it.

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