We’ve cancelled our cable TV. Not because of any high-minded desire to get ebil television out of our lives. We did it to save money.
With a third child we need a bigger house and we need to rearrange our finances to do that. That third child spent his first week in the NICU and we decided we wanted to pay off those medical bills sooner rather than later. My wife and I are also starting Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University to tighten up our finances. First class is this week.
Once we made our choice we didn’t hesitate. We decided to cut the cable. Just as soon as “Game of Thrones” and “Mad Men” ended their seasons. Now the cable’s gone as of sometime this afternoon (“the agent will be at your home between 10 and 4 because we run our cable company like a Swiss train”) at least until the medical bills are paid off.
What we’ll watch instead of cable TV
- We bought a $40 digital converter to watch over the air HD channels.
- We already have an Amazon Prime membership, so we can watch lots of free videos on the computers, on the Kindle Fire, or on the two flatscreen TVs that have PC/VGA inputs. Between free shipping, free video and free Kindle books Prime is a steal.
- Last night we connected a laptop to a 40″ TV with a VGA cable I had lying around and watched some Amazon Prime free video. The quality was outstanding.
- We’re going to buy a Roku box for watching Amazon Prime and other video on TV. Compared to the laptop the Roku is smaller, doesn’t tie up a laptop, doesn’t require a TV with a PC input, and has a remote. Plus it has zillions of other features. I talked to Uncle last night and he loves his.
- The kids have a Wii and lots of DVDs. They love watching Amazon Prime videos on the Kindle Fire. We’ve already taught them the difference between the free Amazon Prime videos and the pay videos. Only once has one of the kids bought a pay video.
- We have hundreds of hours of TV shows and HD movies saved on the TiVo. If the spirit moves us we can use the TiVo to rent movies from Netflix and Amazon.
- I need to introduce the kids to Hulu.
- We can get free DVDs through the library, which has a good online catalog and reservation system. They have seasons 1-3 of Breaking Bad, which my wife and I have been meaning to watch.
So, yeah. Somehow I think we’ll survive without cable. It’s amazing how much free video is available in 2012 without a cable TV subscription.
Beyond that we hope to spend less time watching TV and more time walking, reading, taking pictures, and doing things like family game night that we’ve gotten away from.