Radio. Don’t get me wrong – I love satellite radio. I know people who have it and adore it. The thing is; I have a short daily commute. I life 15 minutes from my office, and rarely travel by car like I used to. It’s not worth it for me to pay for upgraded radio service, especially when I have options to stream radio through iTunes or other free apps at home. And as for work, my FM/AM radio is sufficient to keep me happy.
Gaming Systems. We have an XBX360 that Rick played for a while, but haven’t kept up with it. Rick likes the role playing games, mainly Star Wars, and the gaming systems don’t really do these anymore. Most of them are online or can be done on the computer easier. I don’t play many games, but occasionally I enjoy board games like Monopoly, or card games like UNO or Solitaire, which are usually available as free or inexpensive apps. Neither of us do much gaming, so it’s not worth it to upgrade.
Kitchen Equipment and Appliances. Basic is fine for us because frankly, neither of us enjoys cooking. Why invest in top of the line appliances when all you want is to get the meal on and off the table as quickly and easily as possible?
Exercise Equipment. We did recently invest in the T25 system, which appealed to us because it’s an intensive workout that doesn’t require a lot of time or equipment. We wore out our last treadmill and got a stationary bike last summer to replace it, but we got both of those from family members that upgraded their own equipment.
Paperback books. While I prefer ebooks, I also love bookstores, so I occasionally do get paperbacks. Plus, paperbacks are good for reading on airplanes, because you can keep reading when the electronics are supposed to be shut down. I also don’t count out an occasional magazine, although my one and only magazine to Writer’s Digest is through the digital edition.
Midland NOAA Weather Radio. Yes, I know there are apps that give you the weather, and I use them. I just love my weather radio! I grew up with one in our home, and I listen to it every morning while I get dressed for work. Plus, I usually find that when The Weather Channel and NOAA differ, NOAA is closer to what actually happens. I really wish that the official NOAA app would service Columbia, SC, because I’d spend $5 on that app. But at least I have my trusty friend, the radio! Zack and Chloe even expect to hear their “friend” give them the forecast every day, and they’ll squawk at me if I’m too slow turning it on when the time comes to get ready for the day.
Newspaper. Ok, we don’t read it. My parents give me their newspapers, and I use them to clean Zack and Chloe’s cages. Now that’s efficient recycling!
So see, I don’t blindly follow the trends. I do consider what works and what doesn’t, and I’m not afraid to mix old and new every now and then.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great weekend.