Immediately after getting engaged I moved into an apartment. It was to be our first place together.
Some of the first things I did were get the electric and gas in our name. Set up trash service, etc. You know, the important things one needs to do when moving into a new residence. This also included cable tv. I thought premium cable was very important.
Everyone we knew had either cable or satellite, everyone. We had a big tv, what a waste it would be if we could only get tv through the rabbit ears, or just watch DVD’s. That was my thinking.
I can’t remember now, but I think the bill was in the area of $120 a month. I needed the sports package, and gosh darn it she deserved HBO.
Part of the problem with paying for tv (lets say paying that much for tv) is that you feel like you have to use it to get your money out of it. So, every evening we would sit there, starring into the soft warm glow of the boob tube, watiting for it to fulfill our lives.
Don’t get me wrong, we had some laughs, but something didnt seem right. Before we were married we would do things, go places, play games, talk.
Why does getting married and living together come with the requirement that these things cease? These things were slowly being replaced by our endless devotion to the media that was being pumped into our brains and at a premium price.
I think we both came to realize we needed to cut the cord at the same time. I don’t remember who brought it up, but it took the other about 5 seconds to agree, we needed to cancel cable.
It was draining us financial. It actually was one of the biggest bills we paid at the time. But, it was also draining us emotionally because we didnt have as much time to really connect with each other.
Don’t get me wrong, a little tv every now and then is a good thing.
We still watch movies.
We still have shows we follow.
But, it is under control now. It doesnt run our lives.
You know what? I found out I really didnt need to watch 3 hours of baseball or hockey every night. Highlights the next day work for me now.
I still catch a game every now and then, and I think I appreciate it more when I do.
When we need a tv fix we turn to Netflix Streaming now.
Price is $13. A far cry from $120.
That includes thousands of older tv shows and movies, documentaries and shows for kids on demand. Oh man, the stuff for kids is amazing on there. A whole season of a kids show at your fingertips.
All this plus we still get new movies mailed to the house.
Plus at $13 a month, we don’t feel like we have to watch it. We can use it sparingly when we feel like it. We can also use it in shorter bursts because if you don’t finish a show it remembers where you left off when you come back.
It is a great deal.
Go on a two to four week media fast. You can try no internet and no tv, but at least turn off the tv. I bet you will realize you don’t need it as much as you think you do.
You will actually come back and find the shows a lot more raunchy and unnecessarily dirty too. That is just a bonus that comes from elliminating this crap from your life for a little while. You will clean out the soul.
So there you have it. I think this thought process is actually slowly catching on. I now know a few more families that only use the Netflix Steaming or nothing at all.
Though I still have a 90% chance that when I tell someone we don’t have cable or satellite I will get the response. “WHAT?! YOU DON’T HAVE CABLE?”
Yeah, we are C R A Z Y!
The Debt Whisperer