Taking a Break from Cable

When was the last time you looked at your cable bill? If you’re like me, you probably just pay it without really looking closely. Or, you look at it but can’t think of any cheaper alternatives other than cutting it off.

Well, we finally cut ours off last month. To be honest, the cost was only part of our decision. We noticed lately that the available TV programming wasn’t always something we wanted in our heads and certainly not what we want in our son’s head.

Even programs that are wholesome and educational seemed to have tons of trashy commercials. I don’t need to see a half-naked woman flouncing around or a couple making out in a commercial during an otherwise-wholesome mid-day talk show. Good grief–that’s not something I want inundating my son’s little mind.

It makes me think of an old Sunday school song…O, be careful little eyes what you see; be careful little eyes what you see; for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see.

So, we decided to try going without cable for a while to see whether we’d miss it too much. As it turns out, we rarely miss it at all!

Not only are we saving money and avoiding things we don’t want in our home, we’re also being more productive with our time. We discovered it’s not so easy to plop down in front of the TV for “just a few minutes” (which easily turns into an hour) when we don’t have cable to entertain us–so we usually end up doing something more productive like chores or reading or taking a walk.

Do you have cable? Have you tried going without?


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