And frankly, this didn't even occur to me to share with you all as a thrift tip because it has become so normal to me that we don't have cable that I don't even think of it in terms of being thrify. But when you consider that cable tv can run upwards of $100 or more per month, I guess not having it is indeed thrifty and worthy of being shared.
I've always had cable television. It's nice when you're living with your parents or when you're in college and live with roommates that split the bill. And I'm not going to lie, I was a tiny bit sad to part with all the recorded shows on the DVR when we got married and I left the roommates.
But at the end of the day, we couldn't justify spending that much money on television and it really hasn't been difficult at all. We both work full-time, so our time at home during the week is pretty limited to begin with and we want to make the most of it instead of vegging out in front of the television every night.
I should also be clear though that not having cable does not mean that we gave up television. In fact, we have a pretty great television. It's a 43" Samsung plasma television (I don't know the specs other than that) and it gets its fair share of use. We've got an HD antenna that simply hooks up to the TV and allows us to get about 15-20 channels (depending on where we place it) that include all of the major broadcasting networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) and several country music channels, the Live Well Network (which is a personal fave) and random others.
So, it works for us and it's saved us lots of money over the course of the past just over a year. Not only that, but like I said earlier, it's helped us not check out when we're home together at night and on the weekends. We are able to think of more creative and fun things to do. And really, I don't think we're missing out on much.
There are lots of options available too, if you don't want to limit yourself to an antenna. You could also try streaming networks like Netflix or Hulu or YouTube. Or for a little less than cable, you could have a satellite dish.
So that's it. Another way that we try to be thrifty and enjoy life. Have you given up cable? What has been your experience?