Monday, May 14, 2012

Cutting the cord on cable

This week's latest torture has everything to do with the latest "True Blood" trailer that's been circulating on the Web.  I mean - it's not enough that Alexander Skarsgard is adorably hot, they have my favorite former TV detective Elliot Stabler - erm, I mean, Chris Meloni - playing a vampire as well.  And Denis O'Hare is back.  Shenanigans are going to abound in Bon Temps! 

Last year, I coerced my husband into subscribing to HBO in time for "True Blood: Season 4."  This year we convinced each other that we really didn't need cable anymore. 

And we don't.  But damn ... Chris Meloni! 


Why did we ditch cable?  The biggest reason was the fact that we've both evolved to a point in our lives where we don't watch a lot of TV.  There were many conversations that went something like this:  "Geez, we have how many channels and yet nothing is on."  I don't really care to keep up with the Kardashians (although, from what I read - I think I really like Khloe ... she seems bad ass.), and although there are certain shows I miss, many of them can be found on places like Hulu or on the network websites themselves. 

One of the things I realize now in retrospect: You would not believe how much crap we get done by not having the added distraction of TV in our house.  Nope - novel isn't finished yet.  Nope, my house still doesn't magically clean itself, but beyond the plethora of baby stuff we've acquired recently - it seems a little cleaner.  The garden is mostly in.  My husband and I play a lot of board games.  We've been reading more books.  I took up knitting. 

The hubs and I are also following one of the most basic tenets of frugality by cancelling our cable subscription:  Go through your monthly expenses and trim what is not necessary. We're now saving $60 a month by ditching our bare bones cable subscription (HBO got cancelled as soon as TB:S4 was over).

Cancelling cable is not for everyone.  In fact, one of my nephews assured me that my own child would grow up to hate me since I wasn't going to have a 24/7 smorgasbord of bad television at his disposal.  But meh - it's a risk I'm willing to take.

1 comment:

Tom@206 said...

Wow - it sounds like you gave up watching TV altogether and found other activities. Most cord cutters find alternative ways to watch their TV shows using Internet streaming or free over the air TV signals.