Say a man is on £20* an hour. If he spends 6 hours on the internet comparing the prices of flights to save £25, in my books that is a loss of £95.
Let’s just say for the record that this same man, on £20* an hour, spends a further 10 hours (£200) researching a deal on “unlimited” data plans on 2 cellphones that cost £36 a month currently (£432/year each) and comes up with a deal for “unlimited” data for 2 new phones at £15 a month (£180/year each). That would be a potential savings of about £252 a year each. That savings of £504 sounds impressive until you subtract the time it took to sort it all out: Now our savings are down to £304 for the year, not inclusive of the 2 new handsets purchased to make it all happen. (Let’s not even talk about how much that cost…)
But we have cheap UNLIMITED DATA!
Only trouble is, these are not actually “unlimited,” in that you cannot toggle from your phone without being censured by a network suspension of 30 minutes minimum on account of you should not (according to the gods of “unlimited” data) toggle your phone to a computer. Ever. Goodness, if one did this, people everywhere would toss their routers out the window and toggle to their phones for … EVERYTHING. The internet would crash. The world would end.
So let us just suppose our hypothetical hero has saved his wife a bit of money on her phone (not inclusive of expensive new handset!), yet she has had to endure about £1,000,000.000 worth of grief on account of the other “deal” he has spent 20 hours (£400) researching: A new broadband provider.
Since hero and wife live in a rural location (I cannot, obviously, reveal the exact details of WHO I am discussing on account of the Data Protection Act and all), their previous broadband was provided by the national carrier, and though they were never able to achieve the stellar lightening-fast speeds of the in-town dwellers, they could at least upload photos to their blog or open their Facebook page in under 3 minutes.
So, whilst said NEW PROVIDER is charging £3 a month for the first year which will increase to £13 after the first 12 months (as opposed to the previous £15 a month with the national carrier, a savings of £144 for the first year and £24 for successive years), hero and wife are forced to endure internet speeds roughly on par with those of 1994. Otherwise known as “dial-up” speeds.
Now, that is time and energy well spent.
*Not his real salary… Now, that WOULD be telling, wouldn’t it?
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