Today I want to talk to you about our TV situation. I can remember the day my parents signed up for satellite TV. I honestly remember the exact day when I was probably six years old. I was playing outside when my mom called me inside. I sat down on the couch, picked up the remote, and the TV seemed to glow as I turned it on to Nickelodeon. The orange logo will forever be burned in my mind. In some ways, I love TV just as I did when I was a child. I love the entertainment, the things I can learn, the constant going-ons. I also don’t like TV: the fact that I would rather watch Kim Kardashian and her crazy sisters live their ridiculous lives than live my own, the jealousy that can arise by wanting more and more of the things advertised in commercials, the bad news playing on every channel. It’s definitely a love-hate relationship.
Mr. Converse Sneakers has not had cable since he moved out of his parents house to go to college at age 18. Living on-campus all four years of college, I always had it included in my rent agreement. However, I found myself only watching it when Mr. CS would come over or I was insanely bored. When we were talking about ways to save money, we decided we would skip the cable.
What that meant for me (you know, the things that really mattered):
- No brand new episodes of Glee each week. I’m still trying to recover.
- No HGTV. THE HORROR, THE HORROR!!!!! My hands are shaking from the withdrawal. I guess now when I go to my parents’ house I will see new episodes of House Hunters!
- No random documentaries that teach me things. I suppose I can live with that – who needs to learn new things! Ha!
- No awards shows. Heck, who am I kidding, I only watched them because everyone else does. I don’t even see or hear half of the things people are being awarded for.
- No Food Network. Thank you, Lord. I love that channel but it makes me want to order comfort food at midnight. Not good for my whole exercising thing.
- No random Disney and Nickelodeon shows. I sometimes would watch for fun, but I don’t even recognize the shows anymore, so I’ll live.
- More time together doing productive things instead of zoning out in front of the TV.
- More time learning from more reliable sources like books. I remember what those are now!
- Less wishing I had his or her body/hair/eyes/laugh/big toe of the perfect looking people within the black box.
- Less money spent!
As much as I would love to one day nix TV completely just to see if I could, we have semi-replaced cable with the wondrous Netflix. Despite the recent price increase, we only pay about $15 a month to watch certain shows and movies instantly and rent one DVD at a time that usually never gets watched. We have watched the entire series of The Office over the summer, some of The Cosby Show, and are now working our way through my new favorite, Mad Men. Lately, we’ve rarely been watching anything at all, so I’m thankful we are only out $15 a month instead of $40-$100.
I’ve been really happy with this change! Mr. CS and I spend a lot more time actually doing things together than we would if we could turn the cable on at any time. I think I will be able to make it through our first year without it . . .
. . . As long as I can watch Glee online. I need those singing “teenagers” in my life!!!
What is one area of your life that you’ve recently cut back on to save money?