Sometimes you need to go ahead and do it. Last week, I already planned to cut my landline until I spied an increase in my cable from MTS. My channel group, namely one with the AMC network (Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire among others), went from $3.50 to $4.00. Movie Central adds an extra $18.00 for Game of Thrones, and the basic group of local stations and network television (NBC, CBS, etc.) barely pays for itself at $44.50. Other than Hannibal, I would either watch or record Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
After taking stock of my previous bills, levels of writing productivity, and general wellness, I made the decision to cut the cable cord. To say I am not the only one is an understatement. 190,000 Canadians cut the cord last year compared to 105,000 the previous year. I did try living without cable for the first six months of living in my condo. I made Saturday trips to Movie Village, took items out of the library, and put my name down for upcoming titles. I did alright and wondered why did I decide to take on cable.
Now I have more options, and it will mean the end of live tweeting Walking Dead and Outlander. (Dang! I had plans to be the live-tweeting Queen of those two kingdoms.) I go tired of cutting and trimming only not to see the savings. As for VOD (Video on Demand), I will not miss it. Even with an additional $6.99 charge for a rental, my bill would still go over $200. I make a comfortable living, but it doesn’t mean spending willy-nilly. (The exception to this rule are books. In bookstores I spend like a modestly-paid rockstar.)
Cutting the cord has revealed one habit needing a change. I sat down, supper in hand, and switched on Shomi. They have season 9 of Doctor Who, and it meant watching ‘The Husbands of River Song.’ (I missed that episode.) That day I felt tired from working the first day back from vacation. What happens after my work routine returns?