Thirty Things You Could Accomplish If You Gave Up TV for Lent

by | Last updated Apr 7, 2023

While discovering free and cheap ways to watch TV is a good thing, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. In 2017, the average American spent almost four hours a day watching television!

That’s a HUGE amount of time to spend staring at a TV screen! What could you accomplish with that time? When you look back on your life, will you wish you did something else with that time?

Giving Up TV for Lent

This year, Lent runs from Wednesday, March 2nd to Thursday, April 14th, 2022. That’s 40 days x 4 hours = 160 hours that you could be doing something besides watching TV. Why not consider doing something else with that time?

I’m not necessarily talking about any religious reasons here. But, just like New Year’s Day is a time for folks to commit to new resolutions, Lent might be the ideal time for folks to give something up because other people are doing it too.

Or, if giving up TV completely is too much for you, how about giving up only on weekdays?  Or, just on weekends?  Or, just give up one of your streaming services, like Netflix?

Some Things You Could Do Instead of Watching TV

Here are some things to do if you decide to give up TV during Lent:

  1. Volunteer for a cause that you believe in
  2. Read all of those books that you bought but haven’t had a chance to read yet
  3. Start learning a new language
  4. Practice playing (or start learning) a musical instrument
  5. Get in shape (walk around the block, ride a bike, do yoga, lift weights, go to the gym)
  6. Catch up with your parents, siblings, cousins, other family, and friends
  7. Play with your kids or help them with their homework
  8. Start a side business or create a source of passive income!
  9. Do those household repairs that you’ve been putting off.
  10. Take partner dance lessons
  11. Start a blog
  12. Plan a dream vacation
  13. Go to a church (or synagogue) group
  14. De-clutter your home!
  15. Paint your walls an exciting new color
  16. Redecorate your home; re-arrange your furniture
  17. Sell your unused items on eBay and make some extra cash
  18. Take an evening adult education class at your local college
  19. Create art/crafts, or do scrapbooking
  20. Scan all of your old photos so they’ll be saved for posterity
  21. Become a mentor 
  22. Do photography
  23. Attend groups
  24. Clean out your garage, tool shed, or storage unit
  25. Take a cooking class
  26. Join a local sports league (soccer, volleyball, hockey)
  27. Do your taxes
  28. Take an online course
  29. Create a video to share on YouTube; a how-to video or something educational, funny, or otherwise entertaining.
  30. Help someone you know who is lonely or in need. Bring them a meal, or just offer companionship.

I’m sure you have plenty of things that you can think of!

So, do you think you could give up TV for Lent? What would you like to accomplish during that time? Please comment below! – Brian

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I'm an electrical engineer (BSEE Caltech) with twenty years of experience designing industrial and consumer products, and now a web developer who loves to share ways to save money on TV content, Internet access, and cell phone plans! Read more about me here.

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4 years ago

Painting my walls!!

4 years ago

Cut the cable: Get a ROKU…’s the only way to go. The programs don’t run you….you choose to watch when convenient.

4 years ago
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Totally agree! Thanks for posting! – Brian

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