Is It Worth It?
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I love to travel and go out to eat. I also enjoy going to the movies, which we do about once a month on average. But something odd happened the other day.
I was inputting my receipts into Quicken and my spreadsheet (which I only do about every 7-10 days) and came across a receipt for snacks at the movie theatre. (Mmm, popcorn.) Since I’m into details, I always make a note in Quicken of which movie we saw.
And I could not remember.
Not at all! I asked my husband if he remembered what we saw, and he couldn’t either.
“Do you remember the plot, or anything about it?” he asked.
“Nope.” I had no idea. Nada. All I could remember was that it was something I’d really wanted to see, and that I’d liked it a lot.
I did eventually come to the receipt for the actual tickets and then the whole thing came flooding back once I saw the name of the movie. (It was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, if you’re curious.)
Food for thought
But it got me thinking. Maybe we see too many movies and they’re all blurring together? We don’t get TV, but we do have Netflix and we watch 1-2 shows a week on that. (Sometimes movies, sometimes TV series.) When your entertainment blurs together like that, is it really entertainment? Or is it just filling time?
In other words, was it worth it? Both money-wise and time-wise? It’s pretty expensive to go out to the movies. We almost always go to matinees, but even those are $7+ a ticket here, depending on the theatre. Plus did I mention popcorn? We must have popcorn.
In this case I’d say yes, because it’s a fun thing to do with family. But it does pay (sometimes literally) to stop and evaluate the things you do as a matter of habit now and then.
“Is it worth it?” is a good question to ask.
What kinds of things do you spend money on regularly? Do you stop and check whether they’re still worth it to you now and then?