Dear Smart Money People,
A few years ago, when we were really focused on looking at our budget and areas where we could reconsider our spending, Bill and I talked about the Cable bill. We talked about how we really don’t watch very much television. However, I was a HGTV addict, so the idea of cutting cable was not a reality I was ready to consider. I thought we were just “talking”.
Then one day Bill came home and announced he canceled our Cable.
I’m sorry, WHAT DID YOU SAY?
I was full of emotions. I was mad, I was sad, I was scared. Yes, scared. What would people think of us? How could we host Super Bowl Sunday? (Something we never did by the way). How could I binge watch House Hunters? How would I know if the house was a Flip or a Flop? You get the point.
I was thinking of all of the things I would miss.
Here is what I learned. I had everything to GAIN.
We were not big TV watchers, to begin with, but now I was forced to plan my evening differently and it changed our lives.
This is what happened:
We read more, we talked more. Bill began spending more time thinking and researching real estate. It opened up TIME.
What do people say when you ask them how they are doing? They say “I’m so busy!” Me too. I say the same thing. Now, we actually had more time that was not being wasted by sitting in front of the TV.
Here are some things to think about:
- When people ask how you are doing, do you say you’re “busy”?
- Do you say you don’t have enough time to do the things that you need to like eat healthy, exercise, read a book?
- Do you wish you had more time to organize that junk drawer, read that blog you so adore, cook that recipe that has been pinned for the last 2 years on your dinner board, start a business?
Why Cable should go…..
- Watching TV is a time killer:
Consider the time you watch television, what else could you do with that time? Write a list of the 3 things that immediately come to mind!
- The average Cable Bill is $85- $100 a month:
Consider what you could do with the MONEY that you would save from cutting cable. Cable is NOT cheap and that money could go toward debt, savings, an experience like dinner and a movie.
- Get stuff done:
Consider what you could LEARN if you took the time you watched television and learned a new skill? Maybe you want to learn how to garden? Fix the garbage disposal? Well, maybe not that. Learn to paint. Write that book that has been in your heart to write?
Something to think about. We have not had Cable in years. I don’t miss it. Not even a little bit. Never lost a friend over it either. Just sayin.
Honest Disclaimer: Although we don’t have cable, we do have a wireless antenna we got from Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. Do we binge watch shows on Friday nights? Sometimes we totally do and I don’t feel the least bit bad about it.
I would LOVE to hear what you would do with more time. Tell me what you would do with that Cable money? We save $160 a month. Not exactly chump change.
I want the very best for you in life and I know you can do it.
Think about cutting Cable. You can always get it back if it doesn’t work out, but if it does, it can be life changing!!
Sending you love, high vibes and cheering you on always!!
Karen & Bill