Anyway, as a result of having to pay more, I've got to do a little cutting back to make up for the difference. First thing, I'm calling the phone company and knocking off ALL the extras, like call waiting, caller ID, and internet call waiting(if someone tries to call while I'm online, they'll just get a busy signal until I get off!). Will also be canceling an order I JUST made through the phone company-DSL. I was looking forward to it, but it now won't fit in my budget! Will have to stick with dial-up. Also, I'll be calling Directv and dropping all the pay channels except the HBO ones(can't miss The Sopranos or Dennis Miller!).
Knocking off the phone extras won't matter all that much, since my phone rarely rings anyway. As for caller ID, I'll just use my answering machine for that purpose. I never answer unless it's someone I WANT to talk to! If they don't say anything on the machine, then I'll know it's not an important call!