Personal finance blog posts about the latte factor are always devolving into arguments in the comments about whether or not we should get rid of tv and whether getting rid of tv means you’re some sort of effete arugula eater who thinks you’re better than anybody else.
I know you all are just dying to know where we stand on this issue.
Well, we can both afford latte factors. We have savings goals, but we’re managing things well enough that we could do cable without guilt if we wanted. Sure, one of us has housing debt and the other student loan debt, but we’re not really at the rice and beans stage of our lives anymore.
However… that doesn’t mean we’re not elitist effete snobs!
#1: We had a super cheap tv in graduate school. When we worked as graduate RAs and had some extra income freed up, we bought a fancy video projector. We kept the projector but ditched the cheap tv after moving after graduation.
We *meant* to get a tv. But we never got around to it. Plus the DSL + landline option was cheaper than the cable option so we went with that. (Eventually we were able to get rid of the landline.) Then what with one thing and another and Netflix… well, we never did get around to getting a tv and cable. We really prefer watching our shows via netflix after the entire series has come out. No missing shows, no commercials, no series getting canceled without warning. Plus we’re so behind on everything we can easily be patient.
We also use Comedy Central, Hulu, and CBS for direct streaming of recent shows.
#2: I do not really watch TV right now.
But boy do I love me some HGTV. I also like Daily Show and Colbert Report on occasion, but not enough to track them down. Most of my “TV” viewing comes via things like Netflix. Dr. Who, Torchwood (LOVE!). I watch football on TV mainly as a way of taking a peaceful nap, while occasionally awakening to root for whichever team has guys with names I enjoy saying (Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala, I’m looking at you).
That said, we totally don’t care if you watch cable or not. If you like sports or whatever, go for it!
Interesting and related post from Little Miss Moneybags: Does TV ruin your life by making you think you can never measure up?
From SonyaAnn: Our life without TV.
Where do you stand on the TV question?