Hubs and I haven't paid for cable TV since approximately 2009. We don't miss it most of the time.
Last week we caved and got a basic cable subscription. Why? This f****** election. That's why.
After 16 months of campaigning we only had two more weeks to wait before it's over. We couldn't. We couldn't take the round-the-clock network coverage* or the nonstop commercials. We couldn't take the attacks, the half-truths, or the outright lies. Simply put, even though we've had our minds made up for months, all of the coverage was stressing us out.
It's been so long since we've had cable that we don't even know what's on non-network TV any more. We're looking forward to finding out (recommendations are welcome!). Mostly we're looking forward to avoiding election coverage (and post election coverage).
The cost of the monthly subscription is a small price to pay for eliminating a big stressor from our lives and restoring a small bit of sanity in our house.
*I'm perfectly OK with biased coverage from mainstream media that portrays the Republican candidate in the most negative light possible. The prospect of his presidency is so frightening that I can't even begin to wrap my brain around it and anything that can be done to discourage people from actually voting for him should be encouraged!