Two years without cable: A 20-something reflection

Last week, I celebrated two years at the York Daily Record.

I also celebrated something else: Two years without television.

I realize that probably makes me a total weirdo.

You see, I have a perfectly working television at my house that I bought when I lived in State College. When I moved to York, I had all intentions of hooking it up to something.

Then, I just got lazy about searching for cable packages. I got caught up in meeting new friends and visiting new places.

Laziness turned into realizing that cable wasn’t something I really needed.

Don’t get me wrong. The realization has its downfall.

I can’t have people over to my house to watch the game or the season premiere of Teen Mom.

There are times when I’m home alone with nothing to do and would love to watch mindless television.

And there are times when I wish I could just catch the 11 o’clock news.

But the savings is tremendous, and I tend to feel a little bit better in the winter when I crank up the heat or spend a little extra when I go out with my friends.

My coworker said he pays $100 a month for his cable/internet package, which includes a few premium channels.

Times that by 24 months and you get $2,400 (but it’s probably actually less, because I wouldn’t have purchased all those channels) that I could be saving.

Worth it?

About Lauren Boyer

I'm a Business Reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I cover banking, investing and all sorts of manufacturing, from companies like Harley-Davidson to mom-and-pop operations. I don't go anywhere without my iPad or a large cup of coffee. Contact me with story ideas at 717-771-2062 or lboyer@ydr.com.
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