I never thought I'd say this, but we canceled our cable tv. My whole life use to evolve around tv & the Tv Guide was my daily schedule. Even when my children were little the tv was on all the time. We also bought a wonderful friend for our tv. Tivo! What a treasure! I loved having the power to record tv shows & movies without a VHS tape. I loved being able to pause the TV when my kids were loud & trust me I did that a lot. We even added Netflix to our Tv & enjoyed the power of streaming movies into our home. No more renting movies, the movies came to us! Who would want to give that up?
I will say I have known a number of families who have given up cable. Of course I thought they nuts. My husband & I would talk about cutting off cable to save money, but I honestly refused to even think about it. I mean, I couldn't live without my Hallmark movies, Lifetime movies or Christian TV channels. Our cable company always puts these channels on the priciest packages. It costs us more money $$$ each month to get this family friendly station, but it was worth it right? That's what I told myself.
Over the past few years I've noticed nothing good was on tv anymore. New tv shows are not family friendly. Cable movie channels seemed to air either nothing but the same movies over & over again or new movies/tv shows that were filled with adult content. Tv shows I loved & enjoyed were often canceled. Our favorite tv channels were no longer what they claimed to be & only aired reality tv. I mean, why would I want to sit & watch a family whose children scream throughout supper time? Then, instead of handling this problem as a family, they bring in a stranger & tv cameras to help "save" their family. Maybe it is just me, but that's not what want to watch when I turn on the tv. My kids can stress me out enough, I don't want other peoples kids stressing me out.
Our last straw came when our cable company switch to digital only. Our kids have tvs in their rooms (GASP I know, I know) & they could no longer watch tv without cable boxes. We got this cool little thing call Roku that allowed them to watch tv through the internet. We subscribe to Netflix & joined Hulu Plus. My husband crunched some numbers & we decided we don't need cable anymore. He placed the call & we were done. I calmly waited for my world to crash around me & I was surprised it didn't.
Actually, it took our cable company a few weeks to completely cut it off. We had time to say goodbye to cable. I took time to wean myself off cable by watching Netflix or Hulu Plus. By the time they cut it off I was ok. My world was calmer.
I have family members who are tv addicts too. When I told them we canceled cable I was asked what was wrong? Why? They seemed a little surprised we gave it up willingly. It's been kinda funny seeing other peoples reactions to this. I have had people agree that they need to do this one day, others think we are crazy & other people tell us they cut it off a few years ago. I told one mom how we canceled it & she smiled, then said "Isn't it great?" I smiled & agreed.
I also think knowing we are saving a lot of money gives me peace about this, but I've also seen things change in positive ways. I'm reading more, I'm listening to music instead of watching tv, my kids are playing outside a little longer, my husband comes to bed earlier well at times & I'm enjoying watching The Cosby Show in order! We have made time for family movies nights & family game night.
Yes, I admit there are some tv shows I will miss seeing but that's ok. I'm sure I will see them & catch up with them one day. I've learned life is not about is or isn't on tv & I'm shocked that I can say that. While tv can be educational, make you laugh or just give you an escape there is also a real world out there that can do the same thing for FREE. Walking around the block as a family won't cost you anything.
I'm not putting down cable companies or saying you are a bad parent if you have cable in your house. This was a choice our family made & it works well for us. We may get cable again one day or maybe an antennae to see if we can pick up local stations, but right now we are happy with our choice & streaming subscriptions.
So, is something you want to try? Just try not watching cable for a week, I know it isn't that easy. If you have Netflix or Hulu Plus only watch tv through them or watch DVDs. You may be surprised & enjoy it. I know other families who went to extreme & put all the tvs in the garage. I'm not sure I could do that, but you never know.
Our next journey homesteading may be getting rid of our land line & buying chickens.
I know to a lot of people this may not seem like a big deal. We are still watching tv on Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime. But, the main big deal for me is how much money we are saving. I'm also glad we are not supporting some of the new tv shows on cable tv. I personally feel a lot of new shows are not family friendly. Some things airing on network tv is what I use to only see on HBO or Showtime. Canceling cable has given us more control of what we do watch & when we watch it. This is what works for us.