Guest Blog by: Midge
We are a one income family. I am blessed with the opportunity to be able to stay at home with my daughter and learn the art of homemaking. Shifting gears from two incomes to one has been a difficult journey and often leads us into interesting conversations.
Our latest deep discussions relate to having an entertainment budget. There are many options if you like to watch TV or movies in your home. But, they all have a price tag on them and not all of them are economical.
Usually it is the hidden costs that have come back to haunt us the most. So far in our married life, we have had to “purchase” at least two rented DVDs because they were late, lost or, worse yet, thought one of us had already returned it! We didn’t necessarily want to buy them but, whoops, they were so late that our debit card was charged for the full cost of the movie!
I checked out some movies from the library thinking that this was a less expensive avenue to pursue. We got to check them out longer than the average rental. But, we were still one week late on returning them, mostly because the library was inconveniently located a great distance from our home, and ended up paying $1 a day for each of the 10 movies we rented.
Did you do the math? $1 X 7 Days X 10 Movies = $70. Our local library had just changed their fee policy and the librarian was VERY apologetic when she noticed the huge fee. I could have purchased a lot of movies for that dollar amount.