If you had told me five years ago that one day, I'd be living without cable, I would have told you that you were nuts.
But here we are, living without it. And you know what? It's not a big deal. I realize now that the TV was pretty much on in our house for background noise, most of the time. We only had one show we watched on a regular basis, and it turns out they put the episodes on their website right after it shows, so if we wait an hour (or a day or two...whatever) we can still see what we missed.
No TV droning in the background means much more is getting done, too. No more mindlessly slumping on the couch, flipping around or getting sucked in to a movie I've seen a bajillion times. I'm writing more, I'm doing more around the house, I'm playing board games with my kids, and we're having a grand time working through our already extensive DVD library, or trying out something new via Redbox.
Being without internet is harder - but not the end of the world, either. I do have unlimited data on my workphone, so if I need to Google something or check Facebook, I can. Honestly, the only thing that's kind of a pain is that for the first time in thirteen years, my email address has to change. I have the old one tied to everything, but maybe that's a blessing in disguise, too. Ninety percent of the email I did get was junk anyway.
So now I'm looking into just maybe getting basic internet service, and forgetting the TV altogether. I'm not missing the cable, and I'm definitely not missing the $120 a month it was taking out of my pocket.
Chalk this one up to another single mom lesson learned. Lose the cable, rediscover other stuff that's just as entertaining.
Could you give up your cable? Have you ever had to?
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