Let me see now if I can afford more subscription type things:
My Social Security check for annual cost of living increase only went up $8 per month after the deduction for the new increase in Medicare.
My City Water Board notifying everyone the monthly bill will go up $5 per month regardless of how much water used. We have had a good year of rain, only watered lawn once, so guess Board needs money for the continued junket trips and meals and the ridiculous $10 mil every so often for a study on getting more surface water from different sources.
City Gas & Light bill going up...cost of coal by train from Wymoning & Colorado, plus the electricity we get from the Bay City Nuke plant.
They are starting a new system of garbage in different parts of the city furnishing garbage cans that can be picked up with a mechanical device on the truck, saving manpower by hand pick-up of the cans. Soon as that money savings device gets fully implemented, expect garbage pickup prices to increase.
Theater tickets so high, cheaper to rent VCR for family.
My Satellite TV provider just increased the monthly fee, but still cheaper than cable.
Annual Car/Truck gas bill....ah for the good ole .79 cent gas, just a few years ago.
ISP notified they are going up in price.
Hotel/Motel rates keep rising. Ah, good thing we get comp rooms at some places because the wife plays the machines that make casinos $$$$.
Was getting the Jumbo Jack at Jack-In-The box for the past year for .99 cents. Few weeks ago they raised to $1.29. And that Hamburger is big with tomatoes/lettuce/pickle. Taco Bell still has the .49 cent Taco Special on Sundays tho.
New Papers keep going up as well as whenever I renew my magazine subscriptions.
Found a way to not pay Nortons $21+ each year on subscriptions, but they will probably cut that out.
I save by using the free Zone Alarm Firewall, free Ad-Aware SE, free SpyBot, free MS security updates to WinXP, and free Norton System Works (after rebates). Got to get the calculator out to figure how wisely to spend the $8 Social Security increase, since I don't pay rent or have a house mortgage. Good thing I have a couple other retirement checks coming in. Wonder how people on just Social Security with housing/utility payment survive at all, much less pay for SpyWare programs.
Yes, I know, my ramblings should be in SpeakEasy.
PS..Thanks for the tips anyway Firewire, they seem like the best of those pay type SpyWare programs.