Living in such a technology savvy age, it's hard to imagine the reasons not to have cable TV. There so many fabulous shows, news broadcasts and cooking channels that are not only entertaining but also beneficial for various reasons. However, there are plenty of valid reasons not to have cable TV while still getting the entertainment and current event info that you desire. Here are 7 reasons not to pay for cable that are pretty sound!
1. One Less Monthly Expense
One of the best reasons not to have cable TV is that it only adds another bill to your monthly expenses. I don't know about you, but for me I love to save money wherever I can! Even though we could afford it, my husband and I have decided from the beginning of our marriage not to pay for cable. Not that we're against TV, we're definitely not - we just choose to place our money in other areas and use the points listed below as valid reasons!
2. Sucks Away Too Much Precious Time
I grew up with TV always on and in most every room of the house. I can safely say that having TV takes up a ton of time that could be better spent elsewhere. We also have a rule to only have a TV in the family room and in no bedrooms! It makes for less distraction and more family time which is so needed.
3. Commercials Are a Drag
Don't you just hate it when you're watching your favorite show and it keeps getting interrupted by annoying commercials every 10 minutes? And unless you're watching the Super Bowl, the commercials are less than interesting. A good reason not to have cable TV is to avoid all those irritating, time-wasting commercials and ads!
4. No Filter for Children
This is an important factor for me because I have a two year old who picks up everything that's said and done in front of him. We have to be so careful with our words and actions because children are like sponges! With TV, there's no filter or control when it comes to crass humor and language. Of course, children's shows are different, but you still don't have any say about what's being broadcast to children and you have to remember that there's a huge market of product advertising to kids!
5. It Encourages Other Activities
Without TV, there's many other healthy options for entertainment that are better for children's development and physical health. Both indoor and outdoor games are fantastic. For adults, there's always an option of reading a book, doing house work, hitting the gym, taking a bath, etc. There are endless, creative options for entertainment that don't involve watching cable TV!
6. There's Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV
Really with all the other awesome options out there, cable TV just doesn't measure up. We have Netflix and get to pick the shows we watch without the hassle of commercials or specific time constraints with broadcasting times. With current shows, a lot of them are shown online for free the very next day. Hulu Plus is another great, inexpensive option for viewing your favorite shows. However, Hulu does have ads which can be irritating. News is also easy to access online as well as via media sources such as Apple TV and iTunes.
7. You Can Be Selective with What You Watch
Fortunately, not paying for TV allows you to be selective with the shows you wanna watch without having to pay for all those other channels you don't need. Most of us probably only tune into 2-3 channels on a regular basis as it is so who need hundreds of others?
As you can see, there's plenty of great reasons not to pay for cable TV while still getting your TV fix! Do any of these reasons listed above resonate with you ladies? Perhaps you have reasons of your own to have/not have cable TV? Share them in the comments section!