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Opportunities Lost in Watching TV

September 7th, 2016 at 03:20 am

Health:
Breakfast: overnight oats, coffee
Lunch: ham and cheese sandwich
Dinner: hot dog on bun (plain)
Snack: banana
Extra food: low calorie protein drink
Workout: personal trainer for 30 minutes

Yesterday was a no-spend day.

I’ve been sitting in front of the TV almost every free moment until 11:00. Not good! So I’m on a self-imposed television watching strike starting today until my show “Gotham” returns later in September.

Some background: We cancelled cable television about five years ago. It was very hard for me. My DH put his foot down and said no more because we are paying to be zombies (he’s right). But it has been so hard! So, a few months ago, I purchased a digital converter box and an antenna (rabbit ears) and now we have a bunch of channels. DH is ok with that compromise since the investment was low ($80) and the channels are free and the picture is clear. We own the old fashioned tube tv and when it dies, we’ll buy another one from the thrift store for $30.

I binged on the Downton Abbey marathon this past weekend (heaven)! But enough is enough for now. I’ve had my fill and can wait until the regular season begins.

It reminds me of spending and about a term I learned in finance class called “opportunity costs”. Opportunity costs means that in order to get something, you have to give something up. In the case of watching television, it means giving up my valuable time that I could be doing something productive.

6 Responses to “Opportunities Lost in Watching TV”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh yes...if the entire world knew the term opportunity costs! Love Downton Abbey...that show ended though this last year. Good plan to take a break.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    The time you're spending watching tv is the time I'm spending on Facebook - that's with logging out each time, I used to always stay signed in! I need to do something similar.

  3. snafu Says:

    mb, What do you use to reward yourself? I think women need to boost their 'me' time and take credit for all the roles we play.
    Downton A was on PBS here in late evening...what do you think you should have been doing? What task[s] was DH accomplishing? Do you use your library's DVDs? they have a great many TV 'series' for binge-like fun . I like to watch 'hacks' or 'how to' sessions on You Tube. My husband is often worried because I learn new projects and he fears he may need to help!

  4. Trying to get ahead Says:

    HI Snafu! My reward time was watching tv Smile but you know what they say about too much of a good thing! I am actually ready to start reading books again. I only read a couple of books this year. I like to read 5-6 books a year if I can.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Another low cost TV option would be to make a one-time purchase of a Roku gadget and hook that up to your TV and then subscribe to either Netflix or Amazon. Much cheaper than cable.

  6. Trying to get ahead Says:

    PatientSaver, does the Roku work on the older TV's? We don't have the flat screen HDs.

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