@Megano! Ha! I think what this reveals is that we were overpaying for internet more than anything else. Our bill used to be $57, and now it is $114. Promotion to bundle faster internet + cable was a hundred bucks and HBO + some other channel was another ten bucks a month (for 6 months). Plus taxes or whatever. So our total bill is over a hundred dollars but includes internet and is $67 more than we were paying before. We definitely have friends in New York who pay like $200 a month for internet, TV, DVR, special channels, the whole shebang.
@j-i-a OMG! livetweet, jia. we can be your support group.
Thanks for this chat! Can I bullet my comments? Is that annoying? Oh well, here we go: - I've heard that airing the Lakers and the Dodgers alone are responsible for like $10/month in cable bills at Time Warner in LA. I would love to unbundle that! - I HEAR YOU on live events and season finales. I went without owning a TV or subscribing to cable for nearly ten years, and those were what I missed. Then someone pointed out (after my husband's parents gave us a TV), that I could buy an ANTENNA and get at least the Academy Awards, the Olympics, and Nashville. (not Jon Stewart, though.) That kinda blew my mind. - Then my husband wanted to watch Game of Thrones, so now we have a whole package deal. It's $60 more than we were paying per month for just internet and includes HBO and some other movie network. And honestly, we basically only watch Girls, Game of Thrones, and Nashville on the tv itself. I guess we're like the only ones our age who are new subscribers. - Did you guys do this chat before seeing the season finale of Nashville? There were Gunnar developments. *spoiler alert* He tried to reconcile with Chris Carmack and with Scarlett. - Now I feel like I should watch Scandal. - FREAKS AND GEEKS BILL HAVERCHUK 4EVA!!!!
@aeroaeroaero @Ellie I think the smokers hang out on the Awl!
@TheclaAndTheSeals @limenotapple Maybe it's too late to jump back in here; this thread went nuts! I do see a lot of judging other people's spending habits around here, which I find really hard to take. Can we all agree that that's crazy? Preferences are totally individual. Even for Mr. "I make $570,000 a year." As far as whether this kind of spending is a significant deviation from the mean, I don't even know what average household spending is for makeup or art. (and in the nitty gritty, are we talking about some total annual dollar amount? percentage of disposable income?) But back to my first point, I'm not sure why it matters. All this is not to say I don't find it interesting to see how people spend their money or why they do. I just wouldn't call it frugal or flagrant, both of which imply some sort of consistency of behavior.
So maybe I'm just tripped up by the semantics, but as far as I know, what Lily is doing is simply optimizing. We all have unlimited wants and limited resources, but we have priorities, and we choose to spend our money according to those priorities.
@Logan Sachon No problem! I think about that article pretty much every time I go to place a recurring order on Amazon.
Way to go, avoiding those expensive products. The solid history of the Billfold on the topic of cereal also includes this gem, order your brand name cereal on Amazon, from Bryan Friedman.
These charts are super-interesting. I can see how the bill could easily go in any direction.
Re: Evie's comment, the apartment was advertised as a golden girls apartment, so the boomers are aware it's been done. NPR is just jumping in to the one case makes a trend niche usually occupied by the Times' Style Section.