Have you ever considered cutting the cable and living without television?
I actually did it a few days ago.
Why we decided to live without television – at least for awhile.
My daughter and I were wasting too much time in front of the tube. I figured we could try to live without it for awhile and if the pain was just too intense, we could reinstall. We would just have to get along without Spongebob for awhile.
It was a bit spooky (note the Halloween twist there?) calling AT&T to cancel the service but I’d been down that road before. You may recall that we have no home phone. We ditched it a few weeks ago. At the time, I was really nervous about doing that too. But to be frank, after a few days, we didn’t even miss the land line. I hoped for the same result with the TV.
Results so far.
It’s only been 4 days but I’m really encouraged. My daughter and I have been spending more time playing cards and reading together. In fact, my 10 year-old told me how nice and quiet it is in the house now that the TV is gone. I echo her sentiments. (My wife never watches TV so it hasn’t changed her lifestyle at all.)
The take-away. First, most decisions are reversible. It rarely hurts to implement a change in your life like this because you can almost always go back. Had I thought about that, I never would have waited so long to give it a try.
Second, I’m looking for ways to cut out the stuff we just don’t need so we can enjoy the things that matter. I want to get rid of anything that clutters our space or time. I don’t much care about saving the $50 a month – although that’s really nice. But I very much care about saving those 2 hours a day that was wasted. I also care about my daughter and all the junk she saw – even on the Disney channel. I just couldn’t believe the junk they put on.
Now, I can’t promise how long we’ll be able to go without the TV but so far, so good. Have you ever considered cutting the cable? What’s holding you back? If you have gotten rid of your TV service, how has it impacted your life?
While you are pondering that….let’s move on the Pilgrim Pick of the Pack:
This week, the prestigious honor is bestowed upon Digerati Life for her article on the economy. Take a look at her post. It’s clear she put in a great deal of hard work and it paid off. Nicely done DL…..nicely done.
On to the the runners-up:
Liz Weston contributes a very nice piece on love & money.
Financial Samurai tells us why he loves to be rejected.
Dumb Little Man offers his piece on navigating the waters of life. (Check out the cool surfing pic.
Can you live without credit cards? (Well…let me survive living without my TV first…ok Flexo?)
Did you get married in the Winter? If so, Free Money Finance says you saved a bundle.
GRS provides tips on how to save money by NOT buying new.
I love this post asking us what we’re going to do with our week. It’s short and sweet and really hits home.