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I recently moved to a new apartment and have been searching around for the cheapest home internet option (aka Wi-Fi). In Switzerland, it seems that I cannot get anything decent without paying at least $60-80 a month. Not to mention, there are set up fees (around $100-200) and the cost of the modem.
In my previous post, I mentioned that I’m broke and living paycheck to paycheck. I mismanaged my finances and now I have less than $400 in my bank account. Yay.
It’s been a few weeks since I have been living without Wi-Fi. At first, I was holding off as a test to see whether I could survive without Wi-Fi at home. Now, I have decided I am going to continue living without Wi-Fi to save money.
How much money can you save by not paying for Wi-Fi?
Well, in my case, I save between $60-$80 a month. That works out to $2-$2.67 per day.
In one year, I can save $720-$960 just by not paying for Wi-Fi!
How are you getting Wi-Fi?
I go to my university everyday and spend a few productive hours there using the Wi-Fi for free. You can also do this by going to a library or coffee shop.
I make sure that I compile a list of activities that I absolutely require Wi-Fi for. The rest, I save for later when I get home and don’t need Wi-Fi.
I also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to download videos and photos that I can use later when I’m at home, without Wi-Fi. I use this site to download videos from YouTube. You can also save videos from Netflix to watch offline!
I work from home, I can’t live without Wi-Fi.
I just can’t justify the price of $60-80 for convenience right now. It would be different if I were sharing the Wi-Fi with someone else. However, since it’s only me and I am barely at home, I figure I should probably just spend the $60-80 somewhere else. Or put it into my bank account.
What do you do when you need Wi-Fi?
Well, my mobile phone includes 3GB of data. It’s more than enough. I do all my social media browsing and light Internet surfing on my phone.
In case of emergency, I can always tether from my mobile phone to my laptop.
If I need a better connection, I will go to a coffee shop or library or my university.
How do you keep yourself entertained without Wi-Fi?
In my previous life, my life depended on Wi-Fi. I thought that Wi-Fi was one of my basic human needs. If you asked me to choose, I would probably choose Wi-Fi over food.
Here are some ways that I am keeping myself entertained without Wi-Fi at home:
1. Read the news
I grab a copy of the free newspaper and then read it when I am bored at home.
2. Read a book
I have books at home. I’m currently trying to get through To Kill A Mockingbird in French.
3. Do puzzles or a sudoku
I love sudoku. The daily newspaper contains 2 sudoku and I do them every evening.
4. Write blog posts
I often get a dose of inspiration when I’m at home doing absolutely nothing.
Before, when I had Wi-Fi, I was getting way too distracted by YouTube, Facebook, etc. Now, I have way more time to write blog posts, free of distractions.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have been publishing one new blog post every single day this week! It’s no coincidence! There IS a correlation between my blogging frequency and my lack of internet connection 😉
5. Watch videos that I downloaded
I have a whole library of videos that I downloaded. I watch those in my spare time. Right now, I’m trying to learn Econometrics through YouTube videos.
Without distractions, I am finding it easier to find time to exercise. At home, I practice yoga for an hour a few times a week. I also do a lot of strengthening and conditioning exercises for ballet.
7. Go for a walk
I love spending time outdoors. When I’m sick of being at home without internet, I’ll take a walk outside for some fresh air. I live only 5 minutes from the lake and it’s a perfect view to boost my mood 🙂
It is so much easier to meditate now that I don’t have Wi-Fi at home. I can easily meditate for 15-30 minutes without distraction!
9. Call a friend
If I’m bored and need a talk, I will call up a friend to talk about my day. I’m having more genuine conversations now too since I’m not constantly browsing social media and seeing what my friends are up to.
10. Watch TV or play video games
I don’t have a TV nor do I play video games, but this is probably a good way to pass time for those who do!
I usually clean under two conditions:
a) I am procrastinating
b) I am bored
Since I am often bored without Wi-Fi, my home has gotten a lot cleaner 😉
12. Go to bed early
This is probably my favourite thing to do now that I don’t have Wi-Fi at home. I am going to bed a lot earlier. No more distractions keeping me up at night (besides those pesky WhatsApp messages)!
I have decided to not sign up for home internet/Wi-Fi to save money. In a year, I can save almost $1,000 just by not using Wi-Fi at home.
How much do you pay for Wi-Fi? Could you live without Wi-Fi at home?
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