Is television service your biggest entertainment expense?

In this video tip, Mr. Noobie compares the the cost of cable and satellite television programming for one month against other common entertainment expenses such as going to the movies or attending a baseball game.

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Spend any amount of time on the Internet these days and you’re sure to run across someone who is complaining about their television provider bill. Maybe that person is you. But have you ever stopped to think how your television provider bill compares to your other entertainment expenses?

Hi, I’m Mr. Noobie and today I’m going to help you answer the question, is television service your biggest entertainment expense?

Yes, cable or satellite television can be a big expense. But so can a lot of other forms of entertainment. Let’s look at a few of them to compare.

A night out at the movies

Been to the movies lately? The average ticket price for a movie in 2016 has climbed to $8.70. And that’s just the average. If you miss the matinee pricing or opt for the 3D or enhanced audio version, you could be staring down $15 per ticket.

That means for a family of 4, one trip to the movies could cost you anywhere between $35 to $60. Oh, and don’t forget another $15 to $20 for the popcorn and drinks. And this is for 2-3 hours of entertainment. Compare this to how many hours of movies you can watch each month on your television at home.

Take me out to the ball game

Are you a sports fan? A trip to a Major League Baseball game is going to cost you. In 2014, the average ticket price for an MLB game ranged from a low of $16 to as high as $52 per ticket. That’s a total of between $64 and $208 for a family of four to see the game, and that doesn’t even include parking, concessions or souvenirs! Compare this to how many live baseball games (and hundreds of other live sporting events) you can watch each month on your television at home.

Now, I’m not trying to convince you that your television provider bill isn’t a big entertainment expense. Rather, I’m trying to get you to weigh this cost and the value you receive from your programming against other equivalent entertainment expenses you might incur during the course of a regular month.

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