Guys, I did something crazy yesterday. Crazy for me at least.
I cut cable.
Goodbye Bravo. Goodbye MTV. Goodbye E!. We’ve had some amazing times together.
There was one main issue that prompted this. For the past 3 months, I had major issues with my cable bill incorrect. This is after years of bad customer service from the cable company and a horrible experience getting cable installed at my new place. But for the past 3 months, my online bill has not reflected what I actually owed. It says I owe less than I actually do, and then my next month’s bill says I did not pay all of my previous month’s bill. I spent 2 months trying to get this resolved. It has been SO annoying to deal with every month.
Then I recently got a bill for $300 where they finally got everything straightened out and my previous month’s charge was now on the current bill.
I paid the bill because it was what I actually owed, but paying $300 at one time just to be able to watch a few TV shows kind of made me sick inside. Actually, I started thinking about all of the things I could purchase with $300. Here are a few:
- 15 bottles of my favorite wine
- Tory Burch “York” tote, which is the most beautiful totes in all the land
- 37 bottles of nailpolish
- This John Hardy bracelet
- Sephora shopping spree!
- Dog palace for Lily
- Stick in my IRA, but what fun is that?
What made me the most mad is that this company is my only cable TV option, and I pay them $1920 per year even though they have *horrible* customer service. The principle alone made me want to cancel.
This happened a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve really started to think about whether I need to have cable TV in my life. When I look at the shows I watch (Real Housewives… Teen Mom (wtf?)), none of them are really adding much to my life. TV is such a huge time suck. It’s one thing if “my show” is on, but it’s another if I’m just mindlessly watching TV because it’s there. Which is what I do 75% of the time.
I talk to almost every one of my patients about the importance of being more active, yet many times I come home and plop myself down on the couch in the evenings. Very hypocritical.
I have the best intentions of getting things done after work (meal prep, finishing tasks like unpacking, reading, spending time on my hobbies, the list could go on and on) but sometimes TV time gets the best of me. It is time to cut the cord… literally.
I honestly think I will really miss cable but hopefully I will not regret this decision. I don’t think I will. Please keep me in your thoughts, haha!
Have you ever cut cable?
Do you feel like you spend too much time watching TV?