I once knew an old John Birch’er who said his approach to a desert was similar to Communism. He would take small slices so no one would notice, but eventually consumed it all. It makes me wonder how often we are sliced to death by the things we subscribe to.
Mo3 recently commented telling me she would one day convince me to subscribe to XM radio. I used to have it with my Dish service, but never used it. As a stand alone she said the cost is $13 per month (which is $156 per year.)
So consider the other things we subscribe to on a monthly basis:
Daily Astorian (EZ pay) $9 per month which comes to $108 per year.
Most Internet Services $30 per month which comes to $360 per year.
Most people subscribe to two magazines which comes to around $40 per year.
The new GPS tracking device $5 per month which is $60 per year.
Cell phones I’d guess are $35 per month which come to $420 per year.
Triple A is $121 per year.
Costco Membership $45 per year.
XM $13 per month which is $156 per year.
Public radio or TV membership $40 per year.
Onstar $37 per month in $444
I’m sure I’m missing some like gyms and spas, Netflix, Credit Checks and Fraud Services but with just this list one could easily spend $1,794 on subscriptions and membership services.
So, no, I don’t plan to take on any new comers.