It was back on July 1st, 2014 that we officially decided to cut the cord. We were paying an insane amount of money for cable tv, and at the same time, watching far too much as well. There have definitely been times that I have missed catching up on the Duggars, or crazy housewives, the kids sometimes miss their Nickelodeon and Disney marathons, and Abe misses watching MLB and NHL games, but guess what? We survived!
More than that, we have most definitely thrived!!
Without the constant commercials reminding us of can’t miss marathons, television has become an occasional activity, between more productive hours of reading, creating arts and crafts, playing with forgotten toys, and just spending more quality time together. What a blessing!
Now, don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy watching tv, and we certainly haven’t cut it out completely.
With free, over the air tv, we get almost 40 channels! We have several PBS stations, including a 24 hour a day children’s station. We also get Qubo, another all kids station, along with several retro themed stations that I adore. On Saturday mornings, we watch classic 80’s cartoons with the kids before a day filled with activities. Heman, Ghostbusters, Archies, all kinds of gems to be found!
We also have a Netflix subscription, this is a treat for us, and at only $8 a month, it is a very affordable way to watch movies together as a family and even catch up on the cable tv shows from last season. (Have you Walking Dead fans caught SyFy’s Z Nation?!?! Oh my goodness, I love it just as much as Walking Dead!! Citizen Z forever!! :3 )
The occasions when we really, truly miss cable tv are few and far between. We certainly don’t miss the price tag, and I wouldn’t give up the gained quality time we have as a family without it.
Last year at this time, the idea of cutting the cord would have made me laugh, but boy, am I glad we did it!