No Need for a TV

Due to a divorce that left me with no retirement at age 60, I do not pay for cable TV or any other TV service. I have to watch every penny and try to create some kind of retirement plan.
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I love to read and I also do not have a computer at home. I work 40 hours and, if need be, stay after work if I really need to use the computer for personal things. Sometimes I go to the library.

I miss hearing the weather forecast but can use a radio if really interested. My garden and yard keep me busy except in the winter and then I catch up on home repairs. I don't miss TV.

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February 6, 20180 found this helpful

I doubt I would miss TV either. There is so much garbage and violence and repetition that most of it is not worth the time. My husband is a TV junkie and gets very little done because of it. Also, with an inexpensive dvd player there are so many genre of titles that there is little need for TV. If you have a cell phone you can get the weather or local news and even connect to the "world". I agree.

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February 7, 20181 found this helpful

I dont watch as much TV as others. I learn a lot from websites such as this.

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You are very resourceful. Pretty soon you will have to change your screen name since no glass slipper wont describe you

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February 18, 20180 found this helpful

We love t.v We are old folks now and we still fight over the t.v well now it is the remote. We are trying to find ways to cut back on our cost. Our daughter brought a digital antenna over yesterday just to see what we might can get for free. The little thing she had we could get like eight channels. We are going to have to do something because our retirement does not allow for the price of cable. Some organizations that lend a helping hand , they will not even help people that have cable vision...

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

You can get a Roku or Firestick TV (one time cost) and use it to stream Netflix (monthly subscription) or Amazon Prime video ($99 annual cost - and free shipping on your Amazon Prime purchases! The only other thing you will need is Wifi, but I'm assuming you already have that.

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February 25, 20191 found this helpful

I live almost 100 miles from a big city. You need to buy an antenna that has a larger range.

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It will cost more, and read the reviews, but it is worth it, mine cost $30, but I get over 50 channels.

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February 24, 20200 found this helpful

We bought a very inexpensive TV antenna thing at Walmart. It is a small flat square of it seems like a plastic material that we placed on the wall above the TV It hooks into the back of the TV. We get anywhere from 20 -30 channels depending on the weather. We love it and it has the local channels so we get the news and weather of course. Please try that. I bet you will be happy to have TV again and for no charge.

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February 11, 20181 found this helpful

I just downsized my tv channels package. I can only watch one program at a time anyway.

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Saved money and have more time for productive things. You are very resourceful. A person can do without so much tv.

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February 11, 20181 found this helpful

All you have to get is an old school TV and a digital converter. No need to pay for cable

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February 12, 20181 found this helpful

I watch tv at night. Had cable for years, but when we went from 2 incomes to 1, that was first to go. Went to my local dollar General & picked up an $11 antenna. Boom. We have all our local channels, plus some I had never heard of. No monthly bill.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful

We do not have TV.....havent had for 20 years. Definitely do not miss it

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February 18, 20180 found this helpful

I do have an antenna TV but there just isn't anything on worth watching. I have a 2009 desktop computer that gives me all the entertainment that I want. I do surveys to get points. When I get enough points for an Amazon gift card, I buy books to read.

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I garden in the Summer, but the long cold winters get boring. My internet doesn't cost much and I need something to keep me from going crazy. I am not able to work and probably couldn't get a job at my age even if I was.

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February 20, 20180 found this helpful

Kindle books (can be read on anything.. do not need a kindle) some are free. Quality books are free. Check the best selling kindle books and beside it you will see a button for the best selling free kindle books. I have over 10,000 free really good Kindle books. Takes a bit of time, but being retired, so far I have extra time.

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February 27, 20190 found this helpful

One site that offers digital downloadable books is www.bookbub.com. Some books are free, some cost from 99 cents to a few dollars. They send a daily email with the selections of the day.

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February 21, 20180 found this helpful

I don't watch much TV. My husband usually has it. He thinks it's all his. But that's ok. All he watches I don't care for. Violence or Fox man stuff.

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I do get on the computer. When I get tired of it, I go to bed. Or things that need to be done in and around the house. Like the others I am outside from mid Feb. till it gets cold again. I am happy.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

We have Direct TV and we got it when it first came out so we have had it for a long time. I do not like the cost which seems to go up, but not like other TV providers. We have had DTV for 33 years and only had a raise in prices 3 times. I would never have cable again. We are old too and like the TV programs like Animal Planet, and National Geographic. I like to watch the news sometimes to know what is happening. I don't think I would want to get rid of my TV. Of course if i had to I would but I would not choose too.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

did you know if your husband/wife has a retirement you can get part of it in most states

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

I sincerely agree about the tv. But, you should re-think the computer idea. These times... everything and everyone is computerized... people walk around with computers in their hands with the new cellphones.
I personally am very happy with reading books online from my library. Library cards are free, and so are e-books. And videos. And music. I have two library cards, one for my (small) town that I live in, and one that is larger city near us. It gives me a greater variety. Just a thought.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

I agree about the tv. But not the computer... everything is computerized now. I have two library cards that work for me. The cards are free, and so are the e-books. And videos. And music.
I have one card for our (small) town and another for the big city near us... just to widen my choices. It is totally free.

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

You can also pick up a computer for very little, or even barter for it. Try Freecycle.com in your area.

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February 26, 20190 found this helpful

TV is a Huge waste of time!! I havent owned one for years. In the time Ive saved, Ive learned to crochet and now I play an instrument, Ive learned how to sew and I make many of my own clothes, and I got a book at the library and learned to draw! Good times!!!

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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

When tv swithed from VHS to UHF, I lost tv. LOVE not having it. Too much wasted time. I live alone and listen to NPR most of the time for company when I need it. Also, do have a computer so watch YouTube and get the news, weather when I want.

Get a movie a week from Netflix for just over $8 a month thru the mail. I get so much done and don't veg. in front of the tv listening to commercials that I don't need.

My mom has cable and when I visit her, we spend too much time looking for something good to watch that we finally gave up. Created lots of conversation time, whoo hooo!

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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

I pay nothing for tv.

Buy a Converter Box & antenna.

I get about 25 channels.

Good luck & happy viewing!

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March 3, 20190 found this helpful

You are so right about T.V. /cable. I review my budget and for all the items I gave up the increases in rate hikes I'm behind the 8 ball. I can not really work as my low vision is getting worse. My age @ 80 makes things even more stressful. So I decided 6 months ago to review my expenses and make a wish list so I wouldn't miss what. So this week the cable goes as basic cable is junk. Saving $99.99 then refresh my likes with thrift store buying as I did in the past. Next start sending emails to friends more than I do now and ASK questions about their hobbies (conversation) keeps the brain working. My list to do new fun is o long.

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