How to pay for cable TV when only one person wants it?
May 19, 2014 8:26 AM Subscribe
Moving in with roommate problems!
posted by queens86 to Human Relations (35 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am moving in with a roommate next week as I start a nursing program. My roommate wants cable (200+ channels) while I have been happily living without cable for at least the last three years - Netflix and what I can find online is more than enough for me.
The internet provided through our school is $34.95 per month, while the cheapest cable TV/internet package seems to be around $106/month. This will come out to be about $500 extra total throughout the year that I'll be paying for a service I don't really want -- but if it's there, let's be realistic, I am sure I will watch it.
I am inclined to think I should just pay for it as I can technically afford it, I'm sure I'll watch it at least a little, and I want to remain on good terms with my roommate and it doesn't seem right to ask her to pay for it. On the other hand, it's a bit hard to stomach that I could be paying $17 for the service I really want but instead will pay $53. I also won't be working so it's more painful than normal to spend money. I did offer to pay for half the cable when we first discussed it but I guess I didn't realize how expensive cable is.
Has anyone been in a similar situation and come up with a good solution?