Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed one direct parallel between unemployment and college – primetime television. Shows like ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘American Idol’ have once again become main events, me and my roommate gathering around the TV with our popcorn and opinions at the ready. Instead of trying to remember the latest happy hour special (‘was that Margarita Monday or Winey Wednesday?’) or lazily putting together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before calling it a night, I actually plan my evenings around the 8-11 timeslot.
When all is said and done, I’ve basically reverted back to my 18 year old self, holed up in SF State’s Mary Park Hall. Instead of planning my night around term papers, I plan it around interview prep. Instead of determining whose room we’re all cramming into, I wonder which roommates will be home to commiserate with. We gossip about the celebs that have gotten kicked off our favorite shows, about the most shocking season finales ever and look forward to the fresh crop of sitcoms/dramas we’ll soon deliberate on.
While some may laugh at our retro antics, ultimately staying home is a perfect excuse to save money (and couldn’t we all use more of that now-a-days?). Besides, without copious amounts of time to spend watching TV, I would never have discovered the wonder that is ‘Being Erica’ or caught up with the gang at ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have DVR’d episodes of ‘The Office’ to catch up on…
Question: What primetime shows have you either discovered or rediscovered in an attempt to save money by staying in?