It’s official. We no longer have cable television in our house.
Since our big life changing event (having a baby), we don’t make time to watch television anymore. Especially since I/we have agreed that Bunny will not get any screen time for as long as possible. At least until she is three, and if we can extend it further we will.
We had basic cable and internet service with our provider. These last six months or more I realized that we had not turned on our television at all. The only time it was in use was when my brother was over (and Bunny was napping/asleep) or when we watched our shows, which equaled to less than two hours a week.
Brian called our local provider to cancel, and the guy on the phone said that he could give us the same rate but add faster internet and more channels for us. We went ahead and did it for the faster internet. The television still stayed off.
Fast forward to this week when we get our cable bill and it is more money, more channels and no fast internet. Huh?
Brian called the provider again and for some reason the guy he initially spoke to lied about this great deal he was giving us. Why would he do that? It boggles the mind.
Well the new guy Brian spoke with hinted that we were being stingy because “it is only $9 extra a month.” True, but that’s $9 a month or $108 a year wasted because our television is never on! Brian went ahead and canceled our television service completely. In the end we will save only $5 a month, but that’s $60 extra in our pocket. 🙂
I don’t think anything in our life will be impacted by missing out on television. The shows we like to watch are readily available online. I definitely will not miss the noise, the want-want-want feeling from watching too many design shows, or the general feeling of “ick” after zoning out. Maybe one day we will sign up for television again, but for now, this has been and will be a wonderful break.