Sooner or later the Poverty conversation always turns to Netflix. Or Blockbuster or cable television or however you receive at-home entertainment.
Bossy and her husband live very modestly, minus the enormous liquor store bill. They don’t have fancy electronics or state-of-the-art sound systems or new clothes. They don’t go out to eat and they don’t go to the movies.
But Bossy and her husband have two habits that sully their finances: a Netflix membership and cable television. And when Bossy says she and her husband have these habits she means Bossy has these habits, because Bossy hasn’t let anyone near the remote control in nineteen years.
Bossy has been trying to figure out how to address this issue since she began the Poverty Party. In a regular life, Bossy would probably dump both—after all, her daughter only rents movies once a year (on her birthday), and her husband is beholden to the string of documentaries Bossy throws on her Netflix Queue, movies about the Taliban and Cochlear Implants and Motown, although thankfully not all in the same film.
But the truth is Bossy loves staying tapped-into what’s going on through her cable and Netflix memberships. It’s pop culture, after all, and Bossy is purveyor of a pop culture blog. And since Bossy is a freelance writer, these memberships could be considered tax-deductible. But the other truth is, Bossy’s current Netflix membership allows Bossy to receive three movies at a time, when all Bossy really wants to watch is the Bravo television network.
Add to that confusion: whenever Bossy asks her husband about alternate Netflix memberships that could save them some money, Bossy’s husband is always all, “It’s only a few dollars cheaper.”
But then Bossy remembered this is the same man who doesn’t blink before purchasing a bag of Romaine Hearts when it’s not even on the list—so Bossy decided to once again research the various Netflix memberships, and when Bossy says she researched memberships she means she made her husband do it. Again.
Well. It turns out Bossy and her husband were paying $16.99 a month so their rented DVDs could live on top of their TV, unwatched, for weeks at a time.
If Bossy knocks her membership back to two movies at a time, it only costs $13.99 a month—and if Bossy goes for the one-movie-at-a-time plan, it’s only $8.99 per month. So Bossy’s husband was right—it is only a few dollars cheaper: eight dollars cheaper. Otherwise known as $96 dollars a year.
And think of all the wine Bossy could buy with ninety-six dollars!
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