Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Life Without TV
I am in the market for a new TV. I'm one of those people when I buy something I analyze it to death to make sure I get a good deal. It's what I did when I bought a fridge, and it is ten times worse now that I'm trying to buy a TV.
Here is the thing, despite the fact I want to get a really nice TV, I probably don't need one. I've gone over two months without any Cable TV and while I sometimes miss it, I have definitely found other things to occupy my time. It's been rare when I sit around and think, "Gee, I have nothing to do now. I wish I had a really great TV."
And the thing is, I not only save money not buying the TV (and not buying something is as good as earning that money), but I don't pay for cable. I would probably get satellite and I would get an HD setup since I would have a HDTV. That would cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $70 a month. Something I could definitely afford but doesn't hurt me not to spend it.
Now that I think about it, I actually don't spend much more money living in California vs. Washington. My rent is $1700 per month. That is about $300 more than a similar place in Washington. Add to the fact that I do not pay for water, trash, gas, a second parking space, or anything else other than electricity and the gap narrows even more.