I've been threatening to do it for a long time. Today, I signed up for cable modem service at the little house. Without the TV part of it.
In the past week, I've read online, seen on TV and even heard on the radio about kids watching too much TV. I was like no way, not MY kid.
Um well, ya, it is my kid. She loves it. I won't lie, I've used the electronic babysitter while I've caught up on stuff. She'd watch it all day if I'd let her.
But you know what? You get a LOT done when you don't have a tv around. I can't tell you how often I hear "Oh I have to get home by so and so time so I can watch this or that". Yikes. I can't say there are any shows out there that I'm disapointed when I miss them. So why am I paying an extra $60 a month for channels I don't care about? I can tell you, Kim = sucker. Natalie loves the Disney channel and that is pretty much what our TV is set on. So the easy fix? Plug up the new handy dandy dvd recorder and record from 4:30am to noon. In the next two weeks, I'll be recording over 100 hours of toons and movies (Return to Neverland, the old Tinkerbell and the new one show all three in a row on one day alone). They'll have commercials in them, but really, does it matter?
Another thing that swayed me, was the actual charter commercial. You can go to concerts, sporting events or travel the world - why do that when you can sit on your fat a$$ and watch it on tv! (ok, that isn't what it says, but I really really dislike that commercial). I don't want to watch other people do stuff, I want to do stuff.
I'll save $720+ a year by ditching cable. Crazy huh?
I am looking into the converter box option too. I would like to get the news in the morning while I'm getting ready. But I think I can go cold turkey with cable. Wish me luck!