TV surfing and compute surfing are pretty hard to come by when doing without cable or the internet at home. When the car breaks down it is hard to go to the library or a restaurant with TV. The Paw Paw library, WMU library and even Fed Ex in Kalamazoo have computers that can be used without actually buying one. I used to go to McDonald’s to watch TV but their TV doesn’t work too much or even all the time anymore. Sports bars have tv for special events such as the Rose Bowl or even the Super Bowl. A friend of mine catapults me into the 21st century by hooking me up with a smart phone. I am getting better at using the phone but I still have trouble sometimes using the phone.
I tried to totally do without TV but find it is hard to get rid of a TV. I got rid of all my DVDs to Goodwill and the last of my notebook computer went there too. Goodwill wouldn’t take my TV as they were burnt too much by people who said their TVs worked but didn’t. Community Thrift would take my TV for $20. The Salvation Army only took Flat screen TVs. I am going to try 1-800-Got – Junk to see if they will take my TV. If not I guess I will keep my TV and use it for the video making process of YouTube and Blogging.
Not only does not having cable and the internet save money it also saves time to do other things. I have to be careful though that the money and time I do save doesn’t get replaced with equally frivolous time and money wasters such as procrastinating, using credit cards, and/or sleeping. Since I have time on my hands there are times I just want to sit there and do nothing. I won’t even stick to my to do list. Why do I do that? I am not sure. I guess because it feels good temporarily but when I find I have wasted a whole day doing nothing I realize what a bad thing I must have done. The credit card time rates and fees kind of build up on me and I have to keep using time up one way or another. I am battling time, attacking time and paying off time until I can relax and not have anything more to do on my to do list. Of course, that never happens. The ironic thing about my to do list is that these are things I want to do. I want to play piano, guitar and have music in my life. I want to write in my blog. I want to exercise, pray and read the bible.
Cleaning up is another thing. Organizing and purging are things I have to keep up with or everything falls apart and becomes a mess. Things like time and my credit I have to keep up with cleaning for my mental health. Although I don’t like the process of cleaning up, once it is done, I feel good about it. I will feel good about paying off my debt, being able to invest, and saving for the future. Something always happens though to get me back into debt. I have to be careful about that. They say if you don’t decide where your money is going to go, someone else will decide for you. Money and time have to go somewhere even if it is spent uselessly.
I tend to use TV and internet in moderation. I would go wild spending money on the internet. There was always something to buy. It was so easy too. Just sit there, find what you want and then buy it! It seemed to come through the mail quick and painless too. That was something that had to stop just like eating out all the time. I would go to the restaurant and just put it on the credit card. No pain and no shame. Sometimes the tip and drink would cost half as much as the meal. And 10% for a tip is not enough anymore. It took me a long time to get used to 20%. Now they want 25% to 30%. Isn’t it convenient they do the entire math for you? They will tell you how much you should tip. I remember when a glass of pop was just 50 cents. Then they want a can of pop for a whole dollar. Now it is up to $2 to $3. The trick is you get free refills. You can still get a 2 liter of pop for a buck and the cheapy pop for 60 cents or so plus deposit. There really isn’t a way to drink $3 worth of pop in one sitting in a restaurant and I don’t care how many refills they let you get. I guess the house always wins. I try not to eat out as much. I try not to put it on the credit card and get water when I can instead of pop. I also try to go where you don’t have to tip either.
I still like to watch the news and the weather. I don’t sit there waiting for the next good show to come on. I don’t sit there wasting my time reading the newspaper or a magazine. I could look on the internet for news but I don’t do that too much either.