Couple Money,  Debt Repayment,  Married Life

We Can Afford Internet, But We Choose Not To

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.

12 Comments

  • Savvy History

    I love the boldness of this post! I lived near a library once and decided to go without the internet for several years. That was an awesome time in my life. Even though I was self-employed, I would go for one hour when the library opened, get my work tasks done, close the computer, get a book, and read long-form content.

    Going back to school online is what busted this trend for me!

    • Moriah Joy

      We love it! It’s super countercultural and my friends think I’m crazy and “could NEVER do it”, but it’s so freeing. I do a lot more without wifi. Since it’s not as distracting at home.

      When I go back to school, we’ll probably have to get internet again, so I feel you on that front, but for now. It’s definitely something we don’t need. 🙂

  • Baby Boomer Super Saver

    I was really wondering how you blog without internet, but Angela answered that for me! Maybe I’d actually publish more blog posts myself if I restricted myself from the internet certain days of the week! Might have to do an experiment!

    Choosing not to pay for internet in order to pay down debt faster is a great decision – it sounds like it works for you & that’s what matters.

    • Moriah Joy

      Figuring out how to keep the blog up and running was a little bit tricky. But we’re close to coffee shops and libraries with wifi, and I write during my lunch break at work sometimes.

      But the transition hasn’t been nearly as hard as I thought it would be, And I love the freedom it gives me to pursue harder, but more rewarding hobbies. Right now, I’m making a baby blanket for a friend. And a little while ago, I made an apron. Some people can craft while watching Netflix, but I am NOT one of those people. Haha.

  • HisHerMoneyGuide.com

    Hehe! It’s 1993 all over again!

    Really enjoyed this. At our site we try to show people what’s possible with your money (you don’t need to do it, but just being aware of what you can do – knowledge is power!). But we hadn’t even thought of cutting the internet cord! So thanks for showing what’s possible! 🙂

    To be honest I don’t think we’d be able to do it while we’re still working. But it would be an interesting idea to try when do retire early. That said our FIRE plan is to be much more active and do things that don’t require the internet, so maybe we’ll get the best of both worlds.(minimal internet, but mental space to be somewhat unplugged). Thanks again!

    Cheers,
    Alex

    • Moriah Joy

      Aww, thanks for such a nice comment. 😀 It took a bit of getting used to, and we still have some access to data with my husband’s phone, but unplugging from the screen (especially since I spend 8 hours a day staring at it due to my job) at the end of the day really helps me engage in activities I enjoy, but require more mental energy. That being said, it doesn’t work for everyone, and it won’t work for us forever, because I’m looking at going to grad school, and will inevitably need better access to internet for homework, but it’s fun seeing what happens when we take it out of our life. It’s freaked some friends out, for sure! 😀

  • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life

    I would 100% never be on board with this because my work requires home internet and if the alternative was taking up a commute again to go into the office, well, no. But I love that you guys made the choice, I think it’s really neat that you realized that it didn’t have value for YOUR lives and acted on that. I AM still trying to figure out how to reduce our costs, though! Tax deductible or no, I would rather not be out the money in the first place. I have considered going entirely to a data hot spot but I’m not sure that it would be enough for work AND entertainment purposes.

    • Moriah Joy

      It’s definitely not a choice for anyone, and if I was given the option to work from home I would 100% decide to shell out the money for internet to do my job. Also, we’re not going to be internet free permanently, because grad school is coming up, and internet for homework is important to me since I do my best work in quiet, familar spaces. And data hotspot is something we’ve thought about too. Is there a way you could maybe shift your enterntainment away from internet and cut costs that way? Obviously not a choice for everyone (and tbh, I miss watching Netflix / Amazon Prime sometimes), but it might be an idea?

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early

    Okay, I don’t think I could get the rest of my household on board with this (especially our roommate who spends a LOT of time online on his computer), but otherwise I would be tempted. To actually write my blog posts I don’t need Internet, and it would sure be incentive to cut out the mindless scrolling if I had to worry about a data cap. (Our Internet is also super basic and only $40/mo, so that helps).

    • Moriah Joy

      I will say, it’s super helpful that we don’t have roommates (although, I want one because rent is $$$), so it’s just the two of us having to deal with any “inconviences” that might arise. But my husband’s phone has data, which helps when I need to google anything (or go on twitter, haha). And the phone is WAY cheaper than Internet ($75 for three months of service versus $60/month for internet). When I go back to school, we’ll have to reevaluate this decision, but for now, I really love the space is creates!

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