Television and Cable Free Summer

by Migdalia Rivera

My poor sons got the shock of their life today. On their second day of summer vacation, I cancelled our cable subscription!

Several months ago, I decided this summer we would spend more time together, bonding as a family. The decision came about as I contemplated my teen’s summer job and his move to college. It would also be the first summer my tween, who is 11 years old, would attend his school’s one month mandated summer school. Neither would have much free time,  as I result, I wanted to make sure that the time they did  have was spent creating memories.

After going over it in my head for several months, I decided. I would cancel our cable service. It’s drastic, I know, but we won’t be left without anything.  We have a multitude of movies and I received a 3 month free trial to Aereo, an Internet service provider that allows you to watch basic channels on your iPads and iPhones. I know that’s cheating a bit but it will give me  some free time when they are having cable withdrawals.

I’ll let you know how it goes! Who knows? If we survive the summer, I may even turn it off for good. Because the almost $100 I spend on my monthly cable service would look so much better in my savings account.

Let’s talk! Do you think you could survive the summer without cable? Why or why not? Let us know in a comment.


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Carolyn Rodriguez- Monden June 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I cancelled our (family) cable service 6 months ago on purpose. I wanted us collectively to be more productive, and while we are or have become. I miss it badly. I miss sitting in front of the set on a lazy Saturday afternoon. All in all, I think we are better for it. I lives no longer revolve around the television.

2 alissa apel June 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Ha Ha we’ve never had cable. We both work full-time. Also we’ve found other things to do to waist our time. I blog all the time. We’re also on FB a lot.
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3 Patricia June 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

To tell you the truth…we are not cable subscribers. We have our local channels and that is about it. Call as wierd, but we watch minimal tv. Don’t get me wrong we do have our fun family movie nights. We prefer to occupy ourselves by making crafts, reading books, spending time outside.

4 Aggie June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

When they changed everything to HD, I was no longer able to get a signal on my TV even with the converter box. So I have not had any TV for about 3 years now and to be honest I really don’t miss it.

5 sunshine June 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Wow….That was a drastic step but I really like the idea. I think I would be more hurt then the kids. lol
Please let me know how that goes!

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6 Patty June 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

That is an awesome idea!!! :)

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