Monday, September 22, 2014

Why We Canceled Cable (And How We Don't Miss It)


When Jay and I first got married, we had cable with all the extras. We had a DVR, all the HD channels, pretty much whatever the cable guy told Jay about he was all for it.

After we had been married for a few months and I was officially getting on his insurance, we realized that there needed to be a budget cut somewhere. The easiest and most logical thing was to cut cable. It was the one extra that we didn't really need. 

I won't lie, I had a little bit of withdrawal from reality tv. It was a struggle

We both enjoyed trashy reality shows that really were giving absolutely no substance to our lives. (But how can you rip yourself away from Real Housewives? I mean, c'mon, you know you want to see what that psychic friend of Camille's will say about the other women.) 

After a year and a half of not having cable, I can honestly say that it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Getting rid of the cable has kept us from getting glued in front of the tv in our evenings. Now, it was never intentional. We didn't sit down and just watch these ridiculous shows for hours on end on purpose, but it happened. And it happened more often then it should have.

Now we are more likely to do other things during our evenings, even if it is just talking to one another. I also like the fact that Juliet isn't watching shows that she really doesn't need to be. As she gets older it will make it easier to control what and when she watches, and I think that's great.

Don't think you could do a total media detox? We didn't either!  Currently we have Netflix and use Youtube that we stream onto our tv via the Google Chromecast. We love it! You can also look into Amazon Prime, Hulu +,  and find the shows you enjoy on the channel's website and stream from there. All of these options save you money without causing you to completely go off the grid.

What do you think about cutting cable? Do you do it? Are we crazy for not having it? I'd love to hear your perspective! 

10 comments:

  1. Ty and I have been thinking about cutting cable for a long time now, but have never actually gotten around to it. We have a Roku box, so we end up streaming Netflix and Hulu on that... it's very rare that we sit down and actually watch something on cable. This may just be the motivation I need to cut cable at our new house!

    xoxo
    Kat :)

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    1. You guys probably won't even miss it! It's definitely a great way to save some money. And it's really not that expensive to just get internet.

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  2. I think it's a great idea. I'd go through withdrawals too, but like anything I'm sure you could get used to it. :) good job guys!!

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    1. Yeah it's really not that bad. I just never know what movies are out anymore, but that may be because of my little one too :)

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  3. Our first year of marriage (18 years ago), we didn't have a television. It was the best. But, then we got one and we got satellite and it was nice for a few years, sort of. Fast forward a bunch of years and two boys. Two years ago we dumped the satellite and haven't looked back. Honestly, it was the best thing we did. We do have Netflix and Hulu, but now we make an effort to watch something. We don't just sit mindlessly in front of the television and it's not on as much. I'm a big Castle fan and I love that on Tuesday mornings, I can get my Castle fix on Hulu. It's about the only thing I watch. I don't miss the horrible ads that come with television, I don't miss the noise. I love that Netflix has parental controls.

    If we want to watch sports, we go to my Mom's house! And the ads there? Holy cow. A couple were downright pornographic. I certainly don't miss all that!

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    1. Oh yeah I agree some of the commercials (and even shows!) are absolutely ridiculous. I personally don't want my kids watching that stuff when they are old enough to be more impressionable.

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  4. I don't think you are crazy, in fact we don't have it and my hubby and I grew up without it so we never saw it as necessary. Sure wanting to watch home channels has been tempting g but not worth getting cable over. I am glad you made the cut it seems worth while. Rachel xo By the way I would like to invite you to join or link up to my first link up. I will feature 4 or 5 of my favorites after it's over. You can view the details here- http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/bloggers-who-have-inspired-me-7-and-new-link-up/

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    1. That's basically what I miss! Hgtv. Haha I will check out the link up :)

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  5. If it wasn't for sports and DVR, ours would already be cut. We cut the cord years ago on the phone...cable just isn't as easy.

    Tif @ Bright on a Budget
    www.brightonabudget.com

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    1. We're not huge sports watchers, except maybe the Buckeyes, but since we live in central Ohio that's on basic cable for us. I know that's why my parents have kept it, too.

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