Something Had To Go

I have to tighten up my belt. Trim my spending. Pinch my pennies. I’m sure you know what that’s like.

I looked at a few things in my life and really thought about all the spending that I do. I needed to cut back on it. I’ve never been one to budget. I’m not the best with my money but it tends to stretch as far as I need it.

The problem is that things just cost so much these days. I can’t afford them all. I wish I could but I can’t. So something had to go. And that’s why I am living this summer without a television.

It’s surprisingly easy to live without cable TV. I have some TV shows on DVD that I bought because I love them so much. But with cable TV, I never really watched them. So now I have a chance to.

I also have been going to the library every day so I can continue to maintain this blog. The public library is great. They even have DVDs. So far this week I have borrowed I am Legend, Beowulf, Cloverfield, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Not bad for free, eh?

So I am surviving without cable TV and I am still getting to watch lots of great shows and movies. I know that I am going to want to have cable in the fall to catch all the new shows but so far I’m not really missing it.

I’m glad I don’t go to the movies very often because it’s so much better to see them for free. And the library has got such a great selection now. It used to be that you could only get movies that were based on books or were G-rated. I’m glad that has changed.

Libraries are more progressive than you may think. If you haven’t been to your local branch in years, go check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised. And you can stop spending money on movie rentals. What’s not to love?

5 Comments on Something Had To Go

  1. Hi Lance.

    I haven’t had cable for at least 6 years and don’t miss it at all.

    My friends have cable and when I visit them and they are channel surfing, we find that there is still not too much to watch.

    I bought an aerial and get 5 channels. That is enough for me, especially since I’ve started blogging.

  2. Hi Davina,

    My name is Chase.

    I thought other people might survive without cable TV but you don’t really hear people saying it.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Chase,

    I lived for many years without a TV. My friends thought I was nuts, but I read a lot and listened to music. When I met my husband, he was a TV fanatic. Although I do have the TV on, I’m often doing something else at the same time as it seems like such a waste of precious time, just staring at it.

    Kudos to you for trimming your expenses. We all should do more of that.

  4. I’ve been thinking about buying a set of rabbit ears so I can get a few channels.

    The strange thing is that I know TV is going digital in 2011 so they will only work for a few years.

    But it’s worth a shot. Maybe I don’t need cable in the fall either.

  5. Good for you! I can get rid of cable, but I don’t think I can live without my internet. I mean if I really had to I could let it go and I would do like you, go to the library. I go to the library all the time anyway. I think it’s the greatest free place on earth! I rent movies from there as well. It is getting harder to live and I’m trying to get rid of all my debt because its going to get worse.

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