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Sure, that $29.95 offer from the pay TV sevice looks inviting.
But once the "promo" expires, whats it really going to gost you? Recent Surveys indicate the average pay TV subscriber pays about $70 a month. This price generally does not include "premium" channels or packages, or even an occasional Pay-Per-View. Even HD is extra for some providers. About a hundred channels, including lots of infomercial-religious-and useless,and about 4 local stations.
So lets take a look at what Pay TV is Really costing you...
We are going to assume an average $70 bill for just TV.
Your Monthly bill: with 2 receivers or cable boxes:
$70 a month = $840 annually
And, don't forget the annual electric cost for your boxes, with annual energy costs @ $.11 Kw/hr, here's a list of common costs.
•LCD TV: $2.97
•Plasma TV: $2.97
•Digital cable box: $17.65
•Satellite cable box: $15.50
•Digital cable box with DVR: $43.01
•Set-top satellite box with DVR: $27.52
•Video game console: $1.00
•Portable stereo: $1.64
•AM/FM tuner: $1.11
•CD player: $4.99
$840 + $33 = $873 a year
Wow, thats still not too bad. But wait, you're forgetting that you're counting in PRE-TAX dollars. You must earn about $1.49 to bring home one dollar:
Well, now! As you can see, you have to earn an extra $108.40 a month to pay for your $70 TV bill. That's $1300.77 x 20 years = $26015.40
But what could you do with just $108.40 a month, if you didn't spend it on cable? How about investing it in a regular IRA? Even at the paltry rate of 4%, here's the result of compounding:
Percent Yield = 4
Initial Balance = $108.40
Monthly Contribution = $108.40
Year# : Balance
1 : 1437.73
2 : 2821.22
3 : 4261.07
4 : 5759.59
5 : 7319.16
6 : 8942.27
7 : 10631.51
8 : 12389.57
9 : 14219.25
10 : 16123.48
11 : 18105.29
12 : 20167.84
13 : 22314.43
14 : 24548.47
15 : 26873.52
16 : 29293.31
17 : 31811.68
18 : 34432.65
19 : 37160.4
20 : 39999.29
So, lets call it $40,000. MINIMUM. Of course, that money IS taxable, unless you don't have a lot of income when you withdraw it - Say, when you retire. If you doubt my numbers, run them yourself, keeping in mind that my figures are VERY conservative.
And this doesn't even take into consideration:
- Rising pay TV bills (every year!)
- Increasing Taxes (Thank you, Uncle Sam!)
- Additional features like premium channels and DVR fees.
- Increasing electric rates.
I think you can conclude that 20 years of pay TV could cost you $50,000+!
So, you think you can't live without TV? Perhaps you'd like to hear MY OFFER?
Free TV. Free HD. For Life. About 30 channels. No fees, no subscriptions, no contract, no price increases. EVER.
One time equipment installation of FREE to about $100, and you OWN the equipment.
Interested? Check out my next post and I will tell you how its done!