It’s (Not) Inconceivable!

Ask someone under 25 to listen to Kid Rock’s song All Summer Long, and chances are pretty good that when it gets to the “We didn’t have no internet” line they’ll look at you and say…

“No internet?! What did you DO?!”

It seems inconceivable.

No internet to help while away the time. No search engines to turn to the moment a question crossed your mind. No email. No blogs. No instant streaming for movies. And if you wanted to get a copy of a song, you had to either go buy an entire record or sit patiently by the radio with a tape recorder, hoping the DJ would play it and not talk over the end.

No a whole lots of things that we take for granted now.

But you know what, that’s just how the world works. We get used to the convenience of things — cars, prepackaged food, microwaves, TVs, cable, cell phones, GPS, the internet, etc. — and we can hardly conceive of a life without them.

But it’s not inconceivable.

And if you’re wanting to cut back on things, those are all good candidates. You could cancel cable without the world ending, for example. So for Day 19 of 31 Days to a Better Bank Balance, make a list of the things that you take for granted that you could cut back on, either if need be or if you’d like to pad your bank account a little.

Then cut back on one of them, or eliminate it altogether.

You never know, you might enjoy a simpler life with the time to get some of the things done that you’ve always been meaning to do.


  • I certainly remember the days of no internet. I also remember when someone told me internet was coming and that it would revolutionize the way we search for information.
    I thought it was crazy talk. Today, some 14-years later, I don’t know what I would do without my internet.

    Granted, when it comes down to it, I really don’t need it. However, it has become such a huge part of my life (and that of society), I just don’t know what I would do.

  • Oh yeah, it’s a big part of so many things now…

  • Yes, we could survive without the internet but I don’t want to! It’s enhanced our lives in so many ways.

    I remember we didn’t have a microwave for my first son and having to warm bottles on the stove in the middle of the night took much longer than with the second son where I popped it into the microwave.

  • Oh believe me, I wouldn’t want to give up the internet either. But there are a lot of things that I take for granted that I could easily do without, and I probably wouldn’t even miss them for long.