You read that right, my husband and I have decided to forgo internet in order to save money. What kind of millennials are we? Apparently not very good ones.
Why did we decide to do this? Originally, it was because we wanted better time management. We really wanted to invest in each other. But then we moved to the loft, needed internet for some obscure reason, and since we were 23 minutes away from the nearest anything, it wasn’t really feasible not to have broadband, so we broke down and asked our landlady for the passcode to hers. (Internet came with the loft, we had just attempted to avoid using it.)
However, when we moved out, we needed to reevaluate our choice. Can we successfully manage without internet in our new home, and the answer is a resounding yes. We moved to an apartment complex 20 minutes walking distance from a library, and while that system isn’t perfect either. It allows us to choose not to have internet.
A choice that quite frankly, freaks some people out. I remember telling one of my high school mentors about our choice shortly before we got married, and all she said was, “What?” And I reminded her that “I mean, you did it. My parents did it.”
The idea that internet is a necessity is kind of funny to me, seeing as the invention is younger than some marriages.
One of the hubby’s old roommates came to visit us over the New Year’s, and he wanted to set up an online game to play at the party. I then pointed to our blank wall and said A) on what TV, and B) we don’t have internet.
I then had to explain that internet, where we live, is $60/month, or $720/year. We could technically “afford” it, but we chose not to because we want to pay down my debt quicker. That money is much better spent being thrown toward student loans, especially when we didn’t hit the loan repayment goal we wanted to last year.
That being said, it’s certainly a weird choice, and an unconventional one – especially for a blogger, who’s life source is the internet, haha.
I think it’s important here to note that we could choose to buy internet access. But we’d put ourselves back a month and a half in our debt repayment plan, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to pay for a service that I don’t really need.
At first, it was a challenge to readjust. But if I’m being honest, I work a 7:30-4 job, and then have a side hustle that keeps me busy until 8. I come home, see the hubby, and I’m sleeping by 9. Is that hour a day worth $60/month? Not for me.
Alternatively, my husband works night shift at a group home. So he goes to work around 11pm and gets home around 8am. Then he, because he is a saint, does the dishes and some house chores, before falling asleep until 5ish. Are the three hours he’s awake and I’m home worth $60/month? Not for him, especially because night shift gets boring, and he has internet access at night.
One caveat. He does have cell service through Mint Mobile, and we do have access to data IF we need to look something up, but not enough to senselessly scroll through the interwebs.
Overall, I love being an internet-free house. I love that I’m forced to create (something that will come in handy with my one month. one change. challenge this year). I love that I can read when I’m bored. I don’t feel an urge to get sucked into the void that is Twitter, although it is a beautiful, beautiful void.
I’ve been gifted a sewing machine, and I’m in the middle of an apron. I’ve crafted a lot more than I usually do, and we’ve acquired a few tables to stage my various projects. It’s a glorious space and especially since I’m so plugged in at my job. Giving myself 48 hours to detox is a wonderful practice to be in.