I called my satellite TV company to ask why my bill was so much and learned a couple things. 1. It’s always been that much, didn’t realize it because I missed a month, and 2. My contract is up. I’m free to cancel.
I switched from cable because I thought the satellite offer was much cheaper. And it was, except the channels I needed (ie, Nickelodeon, Disney etc.) weren’t included in the cheap package and I either upgraded or had them added. I don’t remember. My bill is almost $70 a month. Maybe that doesn’t seem like much.
Except my television isn’t pulling its weight around here (neither of the two are, actually). I don’t watch TV except for the occasional “end of the world” or “Bigfoot” story on the History channel before I go to sleep. The rest of the time, the TV is on Nick Jr. or Disney-which makes it worth even less because my daugther isn’t getting anything useful out of it either.
So, like everything else in my life, I’m debating whether I even need cable or satellite TV. Anything else that I feel is useless gets axed without a second thought. I get the news from the internet and honestly I can live without the History channel. I think my daughter could live on DVDs. It’s not like television is good for her either. Why can’t I just pay for the 4 or 5 channels we use? If I calculate my bill according to the channels that are available, it comes to at the most .15 cents a channel. I’d be okay with paying .75 cents a month for my satellite service.
My question is, am I being moronically cheap? Will not having a television turn my daughter into some kind of deprived weirdo?
I don’t know. I’ve kicked people out of my life that cost less than 70 bucks a month and although I don’t really remember, I’m pretty sure they were far more useful (most of the time).
Maybe I need to have a heart to heart with the television.