Okay, on to the numbers. How much is free internet worth in the short and long term?
Here's what I currently pay per month:
Cable internet: $49.38
Netflix: $10.69 (I'm also cutting Netflix, I'll post later on how I managed to live without it)
Real total once my introductory rate goes away: $75.69
How does this look on an annual basis? 12 x $75.69 = $908.28
How about if I instead invested what I would have spent over 9 years with a modest 5% annualized return (adjusted for inflation): $10,570
That may not seem like a ton of money over 9 years, and you may be willing to pay that amount to avoid the hassle of "jury rigging" your internet. I think it's a great example of how our standard living expenses add up and can significantly affect our nest egg.
This is my first major step in reducing my expenses. It's not an extremely scary one and I don't feel like I'm making much of a sacrifice, but I feel that it's a significant first step nonetheless.