Whenever people hear I am working to a budget, they automatically and constantly nit pick at the things I continue to pay for. Skincare that isn’t the cheapest brand – I will continue to buy this because I want to have good skin! Internet connection – I need this for my freelancework and my blog. Mobile phone – likewise, I can use this for on the go – plus calling and texting, anyone?
Then they come to the big one. Sky+. We probably could get a smaller package but I can guarantee it would be more expensive than what we are paying now. We have the middle grade package and are paying less per month with Sky than we were paying for the smallest package with Virgin. Yes, Sky have raised their rates slightly but we recently contacted them and got a fantastic deal for six months which we couldn’t refuse.
I digress. Some days I will watch a lot of television. Other days I won’t – it generally depends on whether Steve is working days, nights or if he is off. If he is off, it will generally be on all day as at least one of us will be watching something but if he isn’t, there are certain times when it goes off – like now. I am writing this whilst Steve is at work and Jack is at school – there is no need for it to be on.
However, I am not going to get rid of it nor will I downsize to the smallest package. I don’t go out very often so when I am not out with Jack and Steve or working – the television will go on. I have no vices – I don’t smoke, I barely drink nowadays – I do have a slight addiction to chocolate but who doesn’t? So why is my choice of television package such a bone of contention with some people? I have seen plenty of people nit pick at others for keeping their Sky package when working to a budget. They may be tied into a deal (most people are!) or this may be their only vice – who am I to judge? People have every right to choose what fits into their budget and what doesn’t!
All three of us enjoy the movie channels. There are certain channels in our package that we couldn’t get if we downsized and certainly couldn’t get if we watched Freeview instead.
I am fed up of people judging other people’s supposed financial situation according to whether they have cable/satellite or not – you don’t know their situation in the slightest. As long as the bills are being paid on time, who cares? Someone may not be able to leave their house for whatever reason and satellite or cable may be the only thing that keeps them sane. Society is too full of judgemental people nowadays – perhaps people should take a step back and look at what they are doing wrong with their lives before using their skewed perception to criticise others.
Do you think I’m wrong for keeping Sky when sticking to a budget?