What happened when we Ditched Cable TV

What happened when we ditched Cable TVWe recently made the switch to no cable. Let that sink in for a second. No cable TV, at all.

It’s been interesting but very liberating. First and foremost, in our household no one really has time for television. Realistically, it’s like spending money you don’t have. I don’t have time for tv, so paying for it is adding the extra distraction I DONT NEED right now. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy tv. I love certain shows that shall remain nameless (cough, cough Homeland, Once Upon A Time and a good reality splurge on Bravo).

Here is what I’ve realized after switching off the boob tube for almost 2 weeks.

The amount of time I have for other things. In the past week alone I’ve completed projects I only talked about before.

I’ve spent more time WITH my kids (yes, that’s possible) and have allowed creative juices to flow for family activities. It’s been nice.

Oh, did I mention the quiet time at night. I can just sit in the peace and quiet.

If I REALLY want some entertainment I have to fish out a movie from our stash,  and that’s fine by me. I just now have zero obligation to networks that monopolized my time before. I would get so caught up on what we HAD to watch at whatever time, it was a little bit crazy.

For the time being there is still Redbox…but for the foreseeable future, we are cable free and saving a few bucks along the way!

Happy New Year!

"</p The Naturalist Mom

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  1. Phil

    We two did too.

  2. We love living without cable!! We subscribe to Netflix and Hulu but that’s mainly for date night or mommy/daddy time ya know?! Cable TV is just full of trash nowadays anyway!

  3. Love this! We haven’t had cable in 2 years, and I can HONESTLY say there has not been ONE day where I was like “I wish I could watch such and such…” Even on days where I’ve been home sick. I do not miss cable one bit, and would recommend this to anyone!!!

  4. I didn’t have cable for three months before returning to basic cable primarily for local news (only because Time Warner Cable had a $10 a month special). My preteen son and I survived with internet, Hulu, and Netflix (Streamed on my iPad with a connector to my tv, my son streamed through his Xbox). The biggest difference I noticed is better time management! Instead of planning my entire day around my favorite shows, I could just schedule time later in the week to watch them when I had time. Best decision ever.
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  5. I am cable free and happy. I watch some streaming movies on my computer and iPad, rent movies from the library, and watch plain old tv (PBS and network) with a digital converter box. I may sign up for Netflix as well this year. I actually watch very little tv as a result, and find I have more time for things I enjoy more, like reading and writing.

  6. Love this real and raw blog post! Thanks for sharing and we too don’t have cable or a tv and we love our quality time spent together and everything we get done!
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  7. I tried to cancel my cable… neither my kids nor I have time to watch cable, so I thought “why am I paying for it?” I have a “bundle”, which includes my phone, internet and cable (yes, I still have a land line phone). When I called my service provider to cancel my cable, they sent me to their loyalty department and they ended up giving me cable for free, and they reduced my internet bill!! They said if I cancel my cable completely, they wouldn’t be able to reduce my bill as much as they did… I thought this was really strange, but I didn’t argue because I’m not paying for it now and we don’t watch it anyway! Silly, eh?

  8. I have gone back and forth about this for months. Our bill goes up all the time with Uverse and it’s such a hassle to deal with. I don’t seem to have much time for TV anymore and my daughter just watches frozen 8,000 times a day so I may be doing the same and canceling our service.
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  9. I’ve considered cutting cable before, but not all TV. I would still have to have Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, etc. I can’t live without my shows, but I do think not having such an easy distraction available would be nice. Glad you’re enjoying it (and getting stuff done)!
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  10. Alot of people are canceling their cable. We have not yet but I have looked into options often. I think we are just used to having tvs on for noise more than anything.
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  11. We have contemplated this, but I love my sports too much to lose them…one of the reasons my hubby married me, I guess!
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  13. What a great post! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Home Matters Linky Party. I hope you will party with us again this Friday. #HomeMattersParty
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  14. The Naturalist Mama

    It is so liberating going without. And our family reconnecting is such an amazing feeling and worth it 100%. I tried living without internet but that is nearly impossible blogging and school. lol.

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