Friday, April 10, 2009
No More Television...
We're completely getting rid of television on April 12. On April 12, our 2 year commitment with DirecTV will finally expire. (Since it is Easter Sunday, we'll probably hold off calling until Monday, but still.) We haven't bought a digital converter box and have no intention of doing so. The truth is that television doesn't have much of a place in our lives. We don't watch it more than an hour or two a week and we realized that subscribing to satellite is just one more way lifestyle inflation has crept into our lives. Years ago, people said it was crazy to pay for television, yet these days the person who doesn't have cable/satellite is the rarity.
For us, we've decided to step back and reject lifestyle inflation as a matter of course. Just like the idea of a zero-based budget, which is one in which each line item must be justified every time the budget is renewed, we are looking at each aspect of our lives and assessing its necessity in our lives. So, things are changing...a lot. At the end of last summer, we got rid of our above ground pool because caring for it was a) too much work and b) cost money we thought we could spend elsewhere. Last month I was able to turn off my phone with its generous allotment of minutes and switch to one I can use when I need a phone. This month, I am excited to turn off the television. I wonder we'll do next month?