Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Works For Me Wdnesday: Cutting The Cable

Fifty-some bucks a month? With that I could get a facial, have a nice dinner with my husband, buy a new shirt or maybe two, or I could go have coffee with a friend about ten times. That was one of the many positive things that came from doing the unthinkable: turning off our cable!

I know, I thought I was crazy, too. What in the world would I do without Project Runway, Intervention, and all things TLC, HGTV and MTV? But hey, I would still have Grey's Anatomy, Survivor, and Dancing with the Stars. (We still kept the basic channels for $13 so we wouldn't go completely insane and could still watch the news and check the weather channel.)

Now, instead of sitting in front of the boob tube all day, we have found other ways to occupy our time. For instance, we now do crazy things like go for walks, dance to music on the radio, play in the yard, and get creative with play dough, paint, and our imagination. Living without cable also makes going to hotels and spending the day at my in-laws a little more exciting cause I can flip through channels I haven't already seen a hundred times that day. And I also seem to have found a crazy thing that had eluded me before: time! I have so much more time to get housework done, go grocery shopping, plan menus, etc...

So we have basically payed ourselves for having more time to play and get things done. Cutting the cable worked for us! For more great tips, head over to Rocks in my Dryer.

11 comments:

Kris said...

I want to do this so badly, but can't get my hubby on board. I'm not a TV watcher (I surf the net!) and my son watches way too much TV ... sigh ... maybe I can convince them once summer is over!

Sarah said...

Summer would be the best time to try it out because you would have so much more to do to occupy your time. And to entice hubby, tell him that if you ever want to get your cable reconnected you always get good deals for coming back, like a few months at a discounted price or free DVR for awhile.

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

GOOD JOB! We did this about 6 weeks ago and have been AMAZED at the amount of free time we have to get things done or spend together! Other than some Discovery Channel stuff, HGTV, and FoodNetwork programming, we've not missed it a bit! And, an added bonus? We're located equidistant between Chicago, South Bend, and Kalamazoo so we can use an ANTENNA! Who'da'thunk? *wink* So, we're paying NOTHING for TV!

Kara said...

We've had our satellite suspended for the last 9 months (on purpose, we couldn't afford it at the time) and surprisingly it didn't kill me lol. I was glad to see how well I did without it, plus that was $50 a month we were saving, and still get the basic channels on antennae for free.

Marcia said...

Excellent, Sarah. Here in SA, we are probably the only people who don't have Mnet or DSTV (pay channels) and everyone thinks we're crazy.

There is more than enough on the basic channels for us.

Anonymous said...

We just did this 3 weeks ago. LOVE not having the distraction. We do still have our locals though.

Joyful Days said...

I gave up TV awhile back and the boys don't even watch much. It's the hubby. Thankfully he pays the bill so I don't see it. I have my own time vacuum--my computer. If we could get me off of that...

It is amazing how much time we can spend in front of boxes!!

Happy WFMW

Justice Fergie said...

Good for you!!!

I'm ashamed to admit that we (hubby and I) are tv junkies...my kids could care less about tv, which I am actually grateful for. But I'm not sure how long I could last without Bravo or HBO...

You must feel so liberated :)

Karen said...

My husband and I are down to "life-line" cable, at $10 per month. (So called I guess because the cable company thinks you couldn't possibly live with less) Anyway, we've figured up that we watch 2 shows. I'm hoping I can talk him into giving this up soon because $5 per show strikes me as ridiculous. We actually have time to live now that we've mostly given up tv. I'll never go back!
Great tip!

Alicea said...

Sarah,
Great job for getting rid of it, we also have just basic cable which my husband hates but it saves money. The good thing about basic is the PBS my kids watch a few shows during the day but we dont have the whole day cartoon channel. It does creat a lot of free time way to go and I know you will enjoy it like I have!

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