“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” -Warren Buffett

Choices: TV

In an earlier post I mentioned we'll be hosting a series of posts on choices. Life is about choices, big ones, small ones, ones that change your life and many that are mundane part of our existence. We've found that many of the choices we've diligently made have led us to save significant amount of money, just by questioning the status quo, and not just doing what friends or family are doing as the default
option. We started with a simple lifestyle initially as a necessity because we had no extra cash when we first got married, fresh out of
university (we got married 2 weeks after graduation). At that time our choices were born of necessity. But as promotions and raises and stable employment happened, we realized we could continue to live well below our means, thus pushing us ahead financial for the long term.

So much of money management is about delayed gratification. Not something that comes naturally to most people! But if you can get there, the benefits are huge.

This particular post is about our choice not to spend money on TV services. We started out with bunny ears and only a couple of free channels in our early days. Eventually, more and more content moved online and we would watch whatever HGTV or TLC home reno shows were available. Later we started watching more on YouTube.

As the kids got older and wanted to watch TV we did begin to pay monthly for Netflix but this was after reaping the benefits of nearly 10 years of adulthood without paying anything. That is still our only spending on TV each month, and I don't foresee that changing significantly at this point. There is still tons of free content on network websites, and with Netflix, we feel we have enough choice. At this point, it's as much as lifestyle choice as anything else. If the kids are bored of our limited TV options they can play outside and create their own adventures, which is where I want them to be anyway!

We estimate that we have saved well over $6,000 over our marriage just by forgoing cable/satellite (very basic calculation of $50/month * 12 months * 10 years). We've now had netflix for about 3 years, so the savings has gone down a bit, but I expect we've tacked an extra $1000 on since then to our savings. And you know at the end of the day, I don't believe we've missed out on one bit of life by making this choice. And that is what it's really all about!

And just for fun a nearly 10 year old article about the trend of ditching cable for free content.

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