I’d been meaning to cut back on how much tv I watched after work. Really I had. And my cable package, with movie channels and a DVR, and the works was NOT helping me save money for vacation this summer, or a car, or a house, or a kid, or all the big expenses I plan to need some money set aside for. So, maybe it was a sign when the tv gave up on me the other night.
For the meantime, I’m not replacing it.
After wrangling with Comcast for thirty minutes, I’m keeping my internet and local channels (which I can watch on teeny tiny tv from my spare bedroom instead) and saving $110 a month by losing my home phone and the rest of the tv bells and whistles. That’s $1,320 a year. And if I find I’m not even watching the little tv, I’m ditching that too. I don’t have a DVD player at the moment, so replacing with Netflix is out of the question.
I have a house full of books, piles of them I still need to read. I can walk to the library. I can cook myself dinner instead of zoning out to Oprah on the DVR and microwaving something. I can work on my novel more. I can go see my friends, go the movies, clean my disaster of a house, spend a little more time on personal maintenance, call my mom, go to a ballgame, take a walk, do some laundry, surf the internet, plan a vacation.
Yes. I need to make lists. I should also probably buy a radio. To keep me company. Living alone and without the television for a while is a good thing, but it makes for a quiet, quiet house.
I’m taking suggestions- what else should I do while I don’t watch tv?