Friday, July 16, 2010

Goodbye Cable

I have been on a mission all year I have wanted to be on a mission all year, as it was one of my new years resolutions to live more simply. I have been struggling, as most do, to live this way. I love shopping, I love little girl clothes, clothes for myself, make up, things for our home, and on and on and on.  Yesterday though, I am proud to say that I did NOT let the cable lady talk me into keeping cable when I called to cancel it, as she honestly has three times previously by using their sale skills like magic. I stood my ground. Our conversation went a little something like this.

"Thank you for calling Name of the Cable Company, this is Name of the lady, how can I help you?"

"Hi, I was calling to pay my bill and to also cancel a service."

"Ok, I can help you with that."


"And you said you would like to cancel a service?"

"Yes, I would like to cancel the cable service."

"Ok, is there anything wrong with the service."

"No, we just don't need it."

"Ok, will you be going with a different company?"

How coy haha


"Ok, well there are some simpler services that would be much cheaper than what you have now."

We have the HD, million channels that you don't need, service that no one with a job or anything going on in their life would be able to humanly watch to justify the cost.

Be strong Meg, you can tell them no! I told myself.

"No, I would just like to cancel."

"We could give you basic serivces for only $13 a month, would you be interested in that?"

I started to sweat. Just say no, just say no.

Yes, I realize how sad it is that I let the cable company lady talk me into this so many times before... and that saying no to them is such a challenge. It's sad because I have become so dependent on that darn dvr and it's convenient commercial fast forwarding abilities.

"No, I would just like to cancel all together."

"Ok, well we're sorry to see such a long time loyal customer go, if you need our services again we would be glad to have you back."

Victory. Sigh. 

One simple step towards living simpler. And hopefully to many more productive hours, family time, and less hours for my poor toddler to log of commercials. It will be nice too to have that extra money.


  1. Good for you, Meg!

    You can always find DVD's at the library, amongst friends, borrow their Netflix before it's mailed back, etc.

  2. Awesome! I love it! We would all be better off without TV!! Good job!


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