Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I once was asked sarcastically if my husband and I were hermits after it was revealed that we do not have internet, cable, long distant phone plan and cell phone reception at our house. My feelings were hurt initially as the sarcastic remark turned my face red in front of a small crowd, but I didn’t say anything and let the comment roll off my shoulders.
Sure, sometimes it would be nice to turn TV on and enjoy a Lifetime movie or sing along with American Idol contestants or watch same ole depressing news. However, we sure do not miss paying $70 dollars or however much it cost to have a dish with gazillion channels that we wouldn’t even have the time to watch. Because we do not have TV, the quite time around the house is spent on studying for school and spending time as a couple.
Together we also enjoy saving money on internet bill. Wonder how? Well, we don’t have internet. Because we live in the mountains our only options either to spend $25 dollars a month on a dial up service or $65 dollars a month on a satellite service. The money that is not spent on internet goes toward paying off our student loan. And to satisfy our cyber world craving, we use free internet service in the library or near by fast food restaurant. Although inconvenience of not having internet at home drives me crazy at time (my husband gets to hear me complain from time to time), we enjoy watching our student loan premiums go down monthly!
As far as not having a cell phone signal, well…that does not bother me at all. I get tickled when youth from church would come to our home and walk to every corner of the house raising their cell phones in the air with hopes of catching a signal to check their text messages. We don't use text messaging (saves money) plus our family and friends know to call our home phone number after 5 pm, so not having a cell phone signal is never an issue.
Living simple can be challenging at times, considering that we live in a material world. I would love to hear from you. What do you do to live simple?