not using an old TV as a monitor might help lol.
Not using an old television will making good editing actually possible, you don't want to put the time into making it look right on a screen that is wrong to everyone elses.
Just look at a wall of LCD televisions at say JB HiFi and you will see the big variation in what they consider correct colour.
A row of PC monitors in a shop will be far more consistent in colour and have a much finer dot pitch for you to judge image sharpness.
What model monitor did you end up getting ?