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Thread: We've gone tv less!

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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    In an ongoing effort to cut our monthly expenses we've gotten rid of our cable tv and the house phone. To top it off we don't have any converter boxes! So far so good. The kids are not really missing it yet.....they can watch the few shows that they really enjoy online and they ahve tons of online games they like. The quiet is amazing! Just knowing the tv won't be on makes it quieter. We've been heading outdoors in the evenings after supper and watching the kids play for a bit. The only problem is I hand quilt at night when we watch tv! Now I have to get a new routine in place! So far by turning these two off I'm saving $70 a month! We all have a cell phone so we didn't really use the house phone anyway.

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    Great job. We have been TV less in our home for over 15 years. There are no shows we can watch cause around here you need cable.
    We do a lot of reading, card games, some computer games and occasionally watch movies, which are our choice!!!

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    i don't want to be without a tv, but i know I could survive. In a week's time, I probably watch about 6-7 hours, maybe. Sometimes less.
    Hubby is the remote king.
    He bugs me, when I am standing in the dining room...he can see me...and he clicks on something, and leaves it for five minutes...just long enough for me to really want to know what's going to happen next...and then...he's clicking again! :?
    He says he just doesn't want to hear the commercials and is going back to his show...fine, I'm off to the cave or the computer...whatever :wink:

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    I wish we could go without tv. Would love to get rid of the dsl and landline. I think DS would go balistic. I only watch the news and have it on for noise when I'm sewing, so I guess I would miss it. I don't go on the internet much on the week ends- we could always come to the office to use it if we needed to.

    I bet we could save over $140 a month if it all went away.

    Great job! I admire you for doing so!

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    I haven't watched TV in 22 years. (And I'm 40 yo) When I tell some people that they say they couldn't imagine not watching TV. They can't believe that I have no idea what the show "Friends" is or "Lost" They mention a bunch of others, but I have no idea what they are talking about. I have watched movies at my dads house, but that is the only way that I have seen movies. No TV. I don't have a land-line either. Just cell phone.

    I think TV is the biggest waste of time out there. I read, listen to the news, sew, walk, play with my animals, work! I must say that there are some very educational shows on TV like National Geographic and such. I am not into "watching" sports. I would much rather listen to a ball game or go bass fishing than watch it on TV. And letting your kids sit in front of a TV is not helping them any. Get them outside in the fresh air! Make them read, play ball with them - interact with them. That is what will help them!

    Good for you. I wish more people would go TVless.

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    I'm very limited on my tv watching - just a couple of shows & they tend to be on the dvr for when I want to watch them.

    Since you can watch a lot of shows via websites like hulu.com, I could live without cable (again).


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    I don't know how to use the dvr. :) I need a kid for it. I also don't know how to turn on the heat or air conditioning in the house. I have no time for such nonsense. :) I just tell them the air can be no lower than 78 and the heat no higher than 70.

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    I have a question!....How are you doing online w/o phone or a cable? I just have to know...we have ours thru our phone line which has to have a 'metro' number so anyone west of us is not long distance...which is everybody! Our phone at home alone is $80! Then we have our online charge on top of that.

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    Congratulations! I keep my land line for my dial up computer, and I have one converter box for 1 TV. I admire people who are not locked into TV. :thumbup:

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    we have the option with our local company of having what service we want. I just had the phone and cable turned off and kept the high speed internet. If I had dial up I would have to have the landline. Two of the older dd's are doing online classes so loosing internet was not an option. Not that i would want it gone either!

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    That's good if you like it tvless. I like my cable tv :D

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    I have dialup on the land line, and an antenna on the roof with a converter box to use my 1980s vintage tv. As long as I can get PBS, I'm happy as far as tv goes. When I've had cable, I spent all my time looking for something to watch. Now, it is easier and cheaper. I do keep a batch of old vhs movies to watch if the reception is bad.

    It sure would be nice to see online video, though...

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    Bravo!! clap! clap!! clap!!
    We have a TV--but I don't watch it at all. Life is too full!! Hubby watches less and less--and it's financial shows, classic movies, or nature shows for him, usually. I can't even stand to listen to it. We've never had cable and my kids were never allowed to have video games that play on the computer. My son watches TV--more in the winter. He and his girlfriend watch movies. My daughter, 19, watches no TV. No time!! :D :D

    Whenever there's a storm, I unplug the sewing machine and computer, but leave the TV plugged in, always hoping it'll blow. :lol:

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    If husband is home - tv is on 24-7. I too like it. But, I seriously commend you for going tv no more cold turkey.


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    About the only thing I watch is Food Network and American Idol. TV is just not my thing.

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    Congrattsss you will never miss the TV. I havent had it same reason cost LOL
    I have a bunch of dvds so when I just want to vegg I pop in one and most times I start to sew. David has a tv in the truck and he turns it on to drown out the other trucks. So he kinda goes into withdrawl when he comes here LOL But he said he has been turning on the radio more.


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    I have a few shows I watch. Mainly it's on for the noise or on if we aren't home to make it like someone is in the house. Due to flubbed breakins, having the tv on has helped a bit. But, I really don't watch it much.

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    I wish we were tvless! I can't hardly sit long enough to watch a show. It seems the TV is on for background noise and nothing else. My son would rather play with his friends than sit and stare at the tv most of the time. He's too active. DH loves the tv, he doesn't have a hobby, so the tv takes up his time, so sad. Congrats on becoming tvless!!!

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    Congrats on going tvless! I don't watch much, but DH could be attached to it..actually, I think he is! Its on 24/7 and drives me crazy! I tell him that when something happens to him, I'll have to have the remote surgically removed...or maybe I just won't :twisted: I go outside for the peace and quiet. I also wear headphones in the house sometimes...DH thinks I'm listening to something...I'm not..I just like the muffled sound, its quieter. :wink:

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    update! well we're several days in and so far so good. The kids are doing really good! Having a hard time getting the 13yo off the computer though. That is always an issue though. I bought some cheap movies at biglots yesterday and the kids and I sat down last night and watched one. It was fun. I had been reading a book and planned on sitting there with them reading but ended up watching. We seem to have lots more time in the day and everyone is ready to go to bed earlier. Dh gets up at 4:30 am so going to bed earlier is a good thing around here. They're also reading more and spending more time outside and being creative. I said something about getting a converter box and they asked why...said we were fine without it. We'll be at the beach this week with the inlaws though and there will be tv so I'm sure they'll be watching!

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    I don't watch any daytime tv. I don't turn the tv on for "background noise" either. If you're just turning it on for noise you're wasting electricity. When my kids were young we lived where we only had one channel. We had three choices, on with sound, on without sound or off! LOL

    I do watch some shows in the evenings. If I want noise during the day I can go to www.pandora.com and listen to radio since I have the computer on anyway.

    Hubby on the other hand watches some sort of sports 24/7.


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    I noticed that someone noted they had given up their land line phone as everyone in the family has a cell phone, I believe.

    I'd like to suggest that it's a good idea to have at least a land line phone in the house for emergencies. When a call arrives at a 911 dispatcher's terminal, most places now have phone numbers associated with an address. Even rural 911 communications have the addressing scheme / database associated with land line telephone numbers. You call from home, they see your address. You call from work, they see the address.

    If you call 911 from your cell phone, they have no clue where you are, and most likely, you will have no idea where they are. When you call 911 from a land line, you have a sense that you're talking to someone "local".

    Cell phone emergency calls, in many areas, get "routed" to various emergency communication centers. The dispatcher has no idea where you are, beyond perhaps being able to locate the nearest cell tower to you. That's not good enough. They're going to have to ask you more questions relative to your location...then route you to the appropriate first responders.

    My husband and I both have cell phones that are on 24x7, but we still have our land line. When I fell four years ago and couldn't get up, my husband grabbed the land line phone to call 911.

    Cell phones are great and mine is either in my pocket or on my night stand, and I'm delighted to have it so available, but land lines do serve a purpose. You can always just get the "basic, minimal service plan" and use the cell phone for all other calls, including long distance.

    Mobile is great, but re-consider getting rid of the land line.

    Ring! Ring! Ring! :lol:

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    I noticed that someone noted they had given up their land line phone as everyone in the family has a cell phone, I believe.

    I'd like to suggest that it's a good idea to have at least a land line phone in the house for emergencies. When a call arrives at a 911 dispatcher's terminal, most places now have phone numbers associated with an address. Even rural 911 communications have the addressing scheme / database associated with land line telephone numbers. You call from home, they see your address. You call from work, they see the address.

    If you call 911 from your cell phone, they have no clue where you are, and most likely, you will have no idea where they are. When you call 911 from a land line, you have a sense that you're talking to someone "local".

    Cell phone emergency calls, in many areas, get "routed" to various emergency communication centers. The dispatcher has no idea where you are, beyond perhaps being able to locate the nearest cell tower to you. That's not good enough. They're going to have to ask you more questions relative to your location...then route you to the appropriate first responders.

    My husband and I both have cell phones that are on 24x7, but we still have our land line. When I fell four years ago and couldn't get up, my husband grabbed the land line phone to call 911.

    Cell phones are great and mine is either in my pocket or on my night stand, and I'm delighted to have it so available, but land lines do serve a purpose. You can always just get the "basic, minimal service plan" and use the cell phone for all other calls, including long distance.

    Mobile is great, but re-consider getting rid of the land line.

    Ring! Ring! Ring! :lol:

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    my dh watches v 24/7. my kids don't OWN a tv. it's not a money thing. it's a mind thing. never watched when they were small, don't miss it now.

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    We've been without TV for over 15 years. We watch movies by DVD and while DH is glued to the set I stitch or read. He says it's impossible to know what is going on while doing either but I just smile and go back to what I was doing. Our kids hated no TV at first, but soon got used to it. We did much more as a family and were outside more. We also only have cell phones, no land line. I was against that at first. My job is being on the phone all day and I don't like carrying a phone so work can get hold of me 24 / 7. But, while travelling they are wonderful in emergencies. It's surprising what we can do without when we put our minds to it.

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