Poofy Cheeks: Cancelling the Cable & Sew Crafty Kids

July 12, 2013

Cancelling the Cable & Sew Crafty Kids

My family is taking an adventure into cut-the-cable zone this week. Translation: We are cancelling our cable and will only have internet. As you may or may not know I decided to quit my job and stay at home last November which has forced my family to be a lot more frugal. When my husband and I were discussing life, finances and our kids last week talk about cutting the cable came up. We both feel that our kids are spending too much time in front of a television, tablet or video game. As kids my husband and I remember playing outside a lot more than our kids do and also using our imaginations to play pretend or come up with games that did not involve a television. As we talked we felt that we wanted more breathing room out of our budget too. There are times when we would like to do spontaneous things instead of having every cent of our budget planned out each week. So here it is a week later and the cable guys should be here sometime today to take away our cable box and remotes.

{Insert a short break here while I go pray that this is the right decision and I will be able to keep my sanity.}

I know that once the boys start school next month we won’t have much time for television anyways, but the month leading up to school starting is what might break me. I do have a bit of a plan though… I am going to devote at least an hour every day from now until school starts doing some sort of craft or learning activity with the boys. There are so many great kids crafts I have pinned on Pinterest and every day I read a new blog post on something I would love to try with the boys.

Speaking of blogs with great ideas have you heard of Sew Crafty Kids? My girl Angelina from the blog Jo Jo and Eloise (which in itself is an awesome blog) has started a blog for kids by kids. The first time I visited Sew Crafty Kids I happened to click on a video tutorial for toilet paper roll birdhouses and instantly the boys were standing by my side like they were in some sort of a trans. One boy saying – ‘she is pretty’ (see – more reason to cut the cable folks) and the other interested in what they were making. They watched the entire video without making a peep so this is what assures me I can do this whole no cable thing! … I think.

Diy Toilet Paper Roll Bird Houses from Sew-Crafty Kids on Vimeo.

Sew Crafty Kids is a new blog but they are off to a great start so if you are in need of some crafts your kids can do stop over and visit them for ideas! You can follow along via Pinterest, Facebook or their blog!

Enjoy,

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10 comments:

  1. Oh you are so brave! I wish you well on your adventure :)

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    1. So far so good.... now if it would just stop raining every day so I could get them outside to run off some energy! :)

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  2. This was the best thing our family did!
    Over 3 years later, we have never looked back.
    We utilize Netflix, Hulu & online TV networks to watch shows we enjoy.
    All for $8 (Netflix) & the cost of internet.
    Deal! :)

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    1. So far so good. We already had Netflix and have been watchingmit more, but the TV isn't on nearly as much as it was!

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  3. I have never paid for cable, and my son is 19 and has survived just fine. We got internet 9 years ago, Netflix 2 years ago and just purchased our first smart phones with data. What did he do with all his spare time? Spent it outside skateboarding, golf, Frisbee golf, swimming and took up bowling. I asked my son recently if he ever felt deprived growing up, knowing everything his friends had and he stated, "no, most of them don't appreciate all their parents GIVE them." It will take some adjustment, but just think of all the other things that can be done with the money you save. Your family time is more important!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that!! I used to spend so much time outside as a kid and I want my kids to do the same! I wasbgoing through our billsvtoday and it feels so good to have a little breathing room.

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  4. We did the same thing a few months back. We stream Netflix and they can watch it on their Kindles but we love it. My husband just realized he isn't sure how he is going to watch football come this fall. But we are saving $70 a month.

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    1. Ha! Luckily my husband isn't into sports and besides for wanting to watch the weather I have barely noticed. I just look it up on the internet instead. We are saving $130 so I am thrilled!

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  5. My daughter and son in law cut the cable a couple of months ago. They also have netflix and so far they are doing great! They do have an antenne for local channels and don't miss the cable at all.

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    1. I wouldn't mind an antenna for the local channels, but for now we seem to be doing well with Netflix, vudu and borrowing Disney movies from friends and family :)

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