(note I did update my DISH spend by $5, as I just had added 1/2 price Blockbuster f/6 months)
Originally Posted by oriolesmagic
He's got no time for a wife or to date, he's too busy watching TV!
Sorry to tell you this, but (unfortunately) I'm MORE busy having to work more for my job, than watching TV.
BUT the extra OT does help pay for my CC/DISH vice. And while I can't get out of my extra work hours, guess what - I WILL be retiring in 4 years @53!
But with multiple DVR's, I will (eventually) find time to catch up on what I've been missing.
Originally Posted by 49Merc dish rich,
If you are married, which I suspect you are not,
Just to my hobby. They DON'T nag & I don't have to clean up after them
Needless to say, your penchant to have so many entertainment choices, duplicate or not, along with such painstaking specitisify is certainly far beyond the norm
Well it may very well be - BUT if you think about it like this:
- My total spend of $235 includes ALL TV, internet & phone services...as well as ALL those pesky (extra) taxes & fees associated with them. There are many (triple-play) subs to Comcast, TWC, etc. - that probably spend at least this much, if not MORE, for similar service to just ONE provider. Instead, I have chosen to spend the same amount "spread out" over 2 providers & get a better diversity of choices & services. Just blindly going out & getting a x3 service from ONE chosen provider, is NOT always the best thing for everyone.
- It's hardly "painstaking"...if you have a computer w/internet, & take a close look at your bills, ANYONE else can do the very same thing quite easily. The larger problem is, knowing what you
really want for your
needs - as well as knowing exactly what you
are getting from your
current provider(s). Most people do NOT bother doing this, but complain about what they ARE getting. It's hardly "rocket-science" to find these things out. - but you are correct, in that most "normal" people do NOT bother to take assessments (at least to this level anyway) of how they are spending their entertainment $$$'s.
- I will agree w/you that how I'm doing my choices, IS probably "beyond the norm" - but I do NOT consider myself "in the norm"; I'll take this as a compliment.
- I DO also understand that not everyone can even afford $235/month on this kind of stuff. BUT by the same token,
understand that I do NOT take many trips, (my current job situation is precluding that right now
) I do not go to any movies, rent DVD's &/or do Netflix, & I do NOT have other "vices" (booze, cigarettes, buying new vehicles every couple years, etc.) that require me to spend $$$ on those types of things. At the end of the day, it really all comes down to ones "priorities"...
- When my promo's run out on BOTH CC & DISH,
I may change things around again. Again, this goes into the thing above about assessing my current needs & what I'm getting for my $$$ from my current providers. I might even do some "downgrades" before that time, or after - again, it comes down to assessing my needs & desires down the road.
Maybe by then, DirecTV WILL have a better HD lineup (I would sure as hell hope so
) as well as Comcast &/or DISH would as well - again, we'll just have to see what happens a year or two from now.
I may also decide down the road, that I do NOT need a landline at my house any longer; right now, I simply do NOT like having ONLY a cell phone. But considering I DO work in the telco industry, would probably not surprise you with that statement.
- As a consolation, I am spending WAY less on cell phone service, for a single person household. I am only spending $25/month for unlimited talk & texting - with NO data (internet) service on it. I am on a family share plan with some good friends of mine, & while it costs them only $10/month to add me on, I give them $25/month compensation. (for taxes/fees, etc.) It's a win-win for the BOTH of us - but I'm still paying LESS than if I tried to get the SAME level of service on my own.
- I DO also have XM radio in my primary car; however, I do NOT pay a monthly fee for it! When I bought my car (Santa Fe, BTW) back in 2009, I bought lifetime on it for $399. (right after that, it went up to $461) Since I keep my cars usually for at least 5+ years, at the current monthly prices of SXM, the lifetime XM has already paid for itself.
BTW, they ALSO added the "Best of Sirius" pkg onto my lifetime XM as well - at NO extra charge. The current price on lifetime SXM, is about double
what I paid for it back in 2009; I think I made a wise decision to do the lifetime back in 2009. Edited by dishrich - 8/12/12 at 4:48pm