10 Ways to Save Money by “Plugging Out”


I am one of the first to admit that television, video games, the Internet, and cell phones add fun and convenience to our lives. But this past April I took the challenge presented by TVTurnOff.org and shut the television off for the week. For good measure, I also shut off the video games, and the Internet and cell phone (as much as I could without missing work related items). I was surprised by a few things that week, including how little I missed it all after just a few days and how much more active my social life became.

What surprised me most, however, was how much money I began to save. I’ve kept the television mostly off since April, even discontinuing my satellite subscription,


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4 Responses to 10 Ways to Save Money by “Plugging Out”

  1. Karsten says:

    And, not to forget, NOT using certain devices is better for the environment. You save money and gain life quality as well as the knowledge that you are using much less energy and create less pollution than others. If you do this you are not responsible for the manufacturing, transportation, distribution, waste of resources, etc. connected with those products. Unless it is for survival or well-being, any product NOT used is better than used.

    BTW, even temporarily unplugging devices that are on stand-by saves you money and pollutes less. Not as much as getting totally away from it and you do not gain any of the benefits mentioned in the article above, but up to 75% of the electricity consumed by those machines is used for just waiting to be operated. The only way to stop that is to unplug them. Annoying, but this is where high-tech product design has led us. If it can be controlled by remote, has a little light on all the time, or is warm to the touch when turned off, you are paying for the electricity and you are polluting.

    Unplug it. Best is completely. Or never even start plugging the stuff in or getting connected. You don’t really need the stuff and you will get a life instead. Cool deal I think.


  2. db1974 says:

    I have come to despise TV over my lifetime. I have early childhood memories of TV blaring in the background even during holidays. I knew when I had children I would limit TV, but when I saw my husband watch TV in much the same way I remember my childhood (way too much, too loud, and a replacement for interacting with your own children) I knew we had a problem. It took awhile for him to come around, but I never gave up trying to talk him out of it.

    How did people survive before TV? They were probably much more interesting people. Today people plan their lives around the news and TV shows…for me, that’s no way to live.

    My kids are young (3 and 4) and they don’t miss it at all. I especially dislike advertising that targets these young malleable minds. We do everything we can as parents to prevent our children from being taken advantage of…why would we allow advertisters to create consumer monsters!?

  3. princessperky says:

    What is a sling box?

    And I so am swayed by food advertising..not that I go the restaurant in question, but I sit down after the kids are in bed, and suddenly I want shrimp or steak, or ice cream…weight control is much easier when not bombarded with food ideas late into the night.

  4. Ginny says:

    It took me a long time, but I finally figured out that the whole purpose of television is to make you feel bad. If you feel bad because you don’t live like those people, look like those people, have as good a time as those people, you will probably want what they’re selling so that you can feel, live and look better, the way they do. No wonder all the statistics show that people who watch the most television are the most depressed.

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