- First, I find that I have way more time for projects, whether writing or DIYing (or even cleaning), and enjoy listening to music while doing it rather than the latest reality show drama.
- I also find that I'm now at home less--either working out or being social--now that I'm not tied to a TV schedule (I know, there are things like DVR, AppleTV, etc., but I like having just one box to deal with).
- You can often find shows on the network websites, like NBC.com, and Comedy Central, a day after it's aired and for free. I find almost all current shows on HuluPlus, which costs $7.99 per month. Of course, there's instant movie and show watching on Netflix too (I go with the $4.99 plan, which allows me two hours of streaming plus a rental delivery per month). iTunes is also a good source for the occasional movie rental.
- I did actually start to read more--mostly magazines. I upped my mag subscriptions and feel more connected to my city and what's going on each month. Plus, I get more design inspiration from my favorite magazines vs. home network shows. If they turn Vogue Living or Living Etc. into a TV show, I may break down.
- DVDs are so cheap now (I've found $5 ones at Target, TJ Maxx, and even Walgreens) so I make sure to have a few classics that I can watch on my computer for when that annual sick day does happen.
Have you survived without a TV? Share your tips below!
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• How To: Live Without Cable TV, Part 1
• How To: Live Without Cable TV, Part 2
• How To: Live Without Cable TV, Part 3