We admit that cable TV is an amazing invention.
Where else can you go from a game-winning field goal in Dallas to the life of a real housewife in Beverly Hills to a ballroom dance competition to the latest Occupy Wall Street news in less than a minute?
But the remarkable part can also be the destructive part. Too much time channel surfing means not enough time with family, exercising, reading or working an extra job if you have too much debt.
On that note, one of our members (Lindsey in Texas) issued a challenge to her fellow members to turn off the cable for the last two months of this year and see how things go.
To our delight, the idea was not only well received, but several people have already put it into practice with great results. We'll start with Lindsey herself:
I told my daughter that Netflix streaming was gone. She whined for a few minutes, but then started reading a book we picked up about Cleopatra, then spent some time writing the beginnings of a report she wants to present to her class.
After we ate dinner, which she helped cook, we sat down to work on her Halloween costume and she did two seams all by herself on the machine. I also let her do all the pressing without my standing over her to watch. This is going to be so great! —Lindsey in Texas
When I first separated from my ex, I had a little 15-inch TV to watch the news on and had no cable for a year. Life was wonderful! The idiot box had no control over my nightly activities, and we had more fun as a family. —Angela in Oklahoma
We gave up cable when we were broke the first time. Can't say that I haven't missed it, but I feel like I've had more of a life. Once I went back to school and spent a good amount of my time learning, I just couldn't go back to sitting in front of the TV. —Glenda in Washington
We haven't had cable TV for months. In fact, we haven't had any TV for months (we can't get reception via antenna in our area). It was hard at first, especially for my husband who is a TV nut, but now we're so used to it we barely even think about it. And this is coming from a family who has a TV in every room! —Meredith in Arizona
I have been without cable for almost 10 years. I cut it off right before our oldest son was born. The only thing I miss is sports that are not on local TV. —Matt in Oklahoma
Not only can you save money, but you can find more productive things to do with your time. Try it and see what happens, or check out the rest of the thread for more inspiration!