Just kidding, I promise not to be all smuggy. We did it, though, we got rid of cable. It was a big leap to take for us, because we looooove tv. I mean, we love our tv the way some families love dogs, or cats, or hamsters. I’m pretty sure that we’ll never be the people who say, “Oh, we got rid of it YEARS ago… and we don’t even miss it!”
BUT Husband has not been taking much overtime since Skeeter was born, a mutually-agreed upon decision because we will only have so much time with the babies while they’re, you know, babies. So without our usual cushion of OT cash, money has been a little tighter than usual, and we’ve had to embrace our pennies in new ways.We do love TV, movies, and video games. Netflix now has an instant watch option that we’ve hooked up through our Wii, which is great. I had a revelation while watching “Bait Car” the other day (yes really, it’s a real show. It’s exactly what it sounds like). We spend more time channel-surfing than watching programs, because there’s almost nothing on that we’d enjoy watching.
So we did a trial run for a week, making a mental note of how much cable TV we watched vs. Netflix. We searched Netflix online to see if Scooter’s favorite shows were available for instant viewing – Dora, Backyardigans, Super Why – they’re all there.
Then we had another dilemma – we had a package deal with our cable company. Taking away our cable would actually raise the price of our phone service. After another discussion – we decided to boot the home phone too. We’re getting an adapter for our phone jack and using Skype for our home phone calls, and we have a ton of rollover minutes for our cell phones. I’ll let you know how that all works out once we’ve been doing it for a while.
Do we miss it? A bit. I’m waiting for my ‘Real Housewives’ withdrawal to kick in. It’s comforting white noise to keep the TV on all day, but we were getting less selective about what we watched. We still watch a fair amount, but the big difference is that Netflix stops after each program. And when you have to actively choose each program to watch… it’s a lot easier to choose ‘Off ‘.