Living Without the Internet

So the other day my husband and I got a letter in the mail earlier this week from our internet provider telling us that they were implementing a new “Technology Fee” (give me a break…that’s lame) which would total an extra $9.95 a month. We were already over-paying, in our opinion, for the internet, and this technology fee came as the last straw for this family that is trying to live as financially conservative as possible. In this world where prices and problems are constantly rising, we could no longer justify that expense each month.

This came as a difficult decision, because it isn’t like we didn’t use the internet much at home.

We used it ALL the time. And I mean ALL the time.

We were constantly researching things (how do you make a timber frame home with only old-fashioned hand tools?), using the internet for school, and as news-junkies – my husband and I were always watching Democracy Now and other independent news outlets to remain informed global-citizens.

Even though I had already come to the same conclusion when Nathan suggested we get rid of the internet, I was skeptical of how I could make things work on a daily basis for myself and my family.

Luckily, Nathan has access to wifi at work. As for the kids and I…we will be trekking to our local library (which we go to often anyway) and using the internet there. Yesterday I made a list of all the things I need to look up and use the internet for (because I love lists and written organization), and I will go equipped with our laptop, iPads, and notebooks in hand.

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It has been a few days since the internet signal stopped gracing our home, and (surprisingly) we have not run to the router screaming and crying, hoping for the tiniest signal to pull through.

I almost felt liberated as I unplugged it, actually. We are always aiming to live a life of purpose and meaning with our family, and I feel like this is a big step in that direction.

Instead of spending hours glued to my phone or computer trying to remain “connected” in superficial ways…I will be more connected to the people at home that mean more to me than anyone or anything else on this Mother Earth.

And we will save more than $800 a year.

Who could argue with that? I don’t know about you, but as much as I love to have the internet, I like saving money more.