Day 21: Kill the TV Time-Killer

Today is Day 21 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.

TVs may be more stylish, but they still suck the time right out of the day.

TVs may be more stylish, but they still suck the time right out of the day.

I’m no fan of television.  That doesn’t mean I never watch TV shows or movies, but it does not run mindlessly in the background of our house.  I never watch one program after another after another or channel surf. Let’s just suffice it to say, there are a gazillion better things to do than sit like a zombie for hours on end being spoon fed a meal of moral and political slop.  Don’t ask me how I really feel, or I could really get on a soapbox.

In the scheme of simplifying your life, killing the TV time-killer serves several purposes:

  1. Nix the cable bill to loosen a tight budget.
  2. Stop and smell the roses, get out and breathe fresh air, or take up a new hobby with all the hours you previously wasted watched TV and doing nothing.  Think how interesting you might become!
  3. One less piece of furniture to dust and vacuum behind.  Nuff said.
  4. Rearrange the living room furniture to accomodate conversation and eye-to-eye contact.  Amazing who you might get to know.  Maybe your spouse or your kids?

Like I said, we watch some television shows and movies on the computer by utilizing Internet sites, such as NetFlix or Amazon.  I pay less than $50/month for Internet service, which I can write off as a business expense since I am a contractor and need online access to my clients’ networks.  Cable bills start well over $75 and can get as high as a car payment with all their so-called premium services.  The cost of a TV also boggles the mind.  All I got to say is don’t cry to me about how you can’t afford to buy healthy food or take a vacation when you have a theatre-size screen and 500 channels on your cable service.

For me, breaking the TV addiction is the one giant step you can take to simplifying, saving money, enriching your social life, and building a stronger family bond.


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