The conversation in the lunchroom today moved from movies to DVDs to what kind of TV package we had. One lady had expanded cable with internet for $70 and another fellow had satellite with internet for $110. He told her she should get his TV package because he got a lot more channels and it was ONLY $40 more a month. She didn't think that was worth it. Then he turned to me and said, what do you have? Satellite? Um, no, I said. I'm one of those people with an old rabbit ear antenna who had to buy a digital TV converter so I can keep watching my 6 free channels. He was incredulous. He wanted to know what I did all weekend without all those TV channels to watch. And I don't even subscribe to Netflicks!
Then he mentioned that he saw the Today Show this morning and this family: America's Cheapest Family was on the show. I had heard of them before but I didn't realize they were from Arizona. My coworker wanted to know if I subscribed to their newsletter. No, I said, it probably costs money (it does, $1 a month) plus I already do lots of frugal things and their tips focus on raising a family, something I am not doing at the moment.
Anyway, my coworker is interested in saving money but also wants to have fun now which is understandable. He makes more money than I do and has more discretionary income to play with. I think having fun now is important too. We just have different ideas of what 'fun' is. Fun to him is having 8 football games on one giant screen. Fun to me is paying off my mortgage as fast as I can. I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one.