Last year my wife and I canceled cable. The primary factor that played into our decision was Financial Peace University. We were working our way through that course with a large group from our church (we were still in Texas at the time).
Dave Ramsey is great. We enjoyed and have benefited from the simple yet effective steps outlined in his material. The cable bill is one piece of fat he suggests trimming from the budget. We ran with that suggestion, and immediately saved over $100 per month.
We soon discovered that we did not miss the cable news networks, the house hunting, house flipping, house remodeling, tiny house, and tree house building shows. While I had enjoyed watching all things Alaskan, and there would be 50% less “reality TV” programming without that state, life was even more enjoyable without it.
The big test was with sports programming. I am a recovering sportsaholic. Missing March Madness was hard. Not being able to watch football on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday is really, really difficult. But we don’t miss cable.
My former favorite channel has become a propaganda firm for the political left. Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage has taken to calling them MSESPN. I like Tucker Carlson’s appellation even better: Endless Stupid Political Nagging. The network has gone out of its way to align itself with the left, and it has paid the price. People watched ESPN to enjoy sports, and a little respite from the real world. Instead, ESPN has lionized Bruce Jenner as courageous for his sex change. Portrayed Colin Kaepernick as a civil rights hero. Fired Curt Schilling for being conservative, and a whole host of similar nonsense. Most recently letting Jemele Hill off the hook, even though she called the President of the United States a “white supremacist” on Twitter. (Ben Domenech of The Federalist has written an excellent post on that topic: Jemele Hill’s Tweets Are Bad, But Her ESPN Show Is Even Worse.)
I don’t miss cable, because I don’t miss ESPN.
I don’t miss programs like Designated Survivor either. Full disclosure here. I’ve never watched that show, but who needs to anymore? All of these shows follow the same basic blueprint, and that is the politically correct, conservative bashing, Christian hating script. Seems like Designated Survivor is no different, according to this piece from the Federalist.
We’re not missing cable. We’re definitely enjoying the extra $100/month. I’m just wondering what took us so long to cut the cord…er…I mean cable?