Apr 25, 2011

Life Without Cable Pt. 2

My journey to living a cable free life hit a major snag - - NBA Playoffs!! My husband is a sport's freak and every game has turned into a "must watch" event. An even bigger problem is that there seems to be a game on every night of the week which is making the task of sharing a TV quite taxing.

A few nights ago I "banished" him to watch a game on our "no longer connected to a digital cable box" TV. Watching TV that lacked HD was like stepping into a time machine... a really bad time machine back to the 90s lol.. and he would NOT stop complaining. I seriously thought we were going to have to go out and grab another digital receiver, even it it lacked a DVR, just so he would stop running his mouth lol... but we had a talk about how we were both going to need to make sacrifices - - I gave up a bunch of reality shows that are not must-watch for me, and he's learning that every single game isn't life or death (though Bulls games are not up for discussion).

Like I previously shared, we got rid of one of our DVR boxes and managed to cut our cable/internet service by $68, so whenever I find myself getting frustrated that I'm watching yet another layup or free throw I try to remind myself that we have an extra $ each month that we didn't have before. It helps... kinda lol.

I know that life without cable is possible, and I'm really pleased with the amount of shows available online and via Netflix, but seriously - - I'm a TV person!! Even if I'm watching CNN or HGTV (because I watch more than reality shows) having a TV is a must for me.

For those that gave up cable or cut back on their selection of channels, how long did it take you? I'm definitely going to need baby steps.


4 comments:

Bajan Beauty said...

I MUST have cable...but if I really had to do without it I am sure I could for a little while. I am glad I never had a DVR, I'm sure my addiction would be taken to a new level...for now Ondemand works for me or Vuze, lol.

South Loop Social Light said...

Yes, having a DVR makes it MUCH worse because you can tape (or record lol) anything and everything. Right now we're trying to balance having 1 dvr for 3 months and then make the switch to ONLY have a regular box. We'll see how it goes... Netflix really does help. I may just end up watching seasons after they've aired.

Donna * Quirky-Curls said...

I gave up cable nearly a year ago.. Reality shows were seriously getting in the way of my schoolwork ..Sad, right?? Anywho since not having cable I realized that there are so many other productive things that I can do with my time(i.e exercise, study, teach myself to cook & decorate (I Love DIY projects). I also challenged myself to find free or super cheap things to do in my city to fill the void..So I go to meet-ups, art events & festivals,etc...
A life without cable is not really that bad, i promise :)

South Loop Social Light said...

@ Donna - My husband and I are definitely TV people (me for the lifestyle stuff, him for sports) and after seeing the dismal quality of a tv not connected to a digital cable box it definitely made me sad.

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