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-Part 2-

You’ve worked hard, so you decide to do something fun. What if you decide to take in a movie and according to the stats…

I’ll read from an article by Michael Cieply, dated March '09, entitled "In The Downturn, Americans Flock to the Movies". (link to original article)


Hollywood could get used to this recession thing. While much of the economy is teetering between bust and bailout, the movie industry has been startled by a box-office surge that has little precedent in the modern era. Suddenly it seems as if everyone is going to the movies, with ticket sales this year up 17.5 percent, to $1.7 billion, according to Media by Numbers, a box-office tracking company.

And it is not just because ticket prices are higher. Attendance has also jumped, by nearly 16 percent. If that pace continues through the year, it would amount to the biggest box-office surge in at least two decades.

Americans, for the moment, just want to hide in a very dark place, said Martin Kaplan, the director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of entertainment and society at the University of Southern California.

“It’s not rocket science,” he said. “People want to forget their troubles, and they want to be with other people.”


That may be true, but a trip to the movies can put a serious dent in your pocket!

Average movie ticket according to the National Association of Theater Owners is $7.18. So for four tickets you shell out $28.72. That’s not too bad until you figure in the popcorn, candy and after eating a truckload of salt on the popcorn, the soda.

Make a comparison of 1929 to 2009. Needless to say, things have changed.
In 1929, The Great Depression popularized popcorn as a movie time treat since it was cheap, easy, tasty and somewhat filling. Back then, a bag cost you 5 cents. Now, a (small) bag costs you $4.75. Sure, our new bag is probably a bit bigger, but it's vastly more expensive.

In fact, when adjusted for inflation, popcorn prices have seen an ironic 666% price increase, while movie ticket prices have increased a more moderate 66%.


Movie - $4.32 ($0.35 pre-inflation)
Popcorn - $0.62 ($0.05 pre-inflation)


Movie - $7.20
Popcorn - $4.75

If you decide maybe that’s a bit too much for your budget, how about staying home and watching cable TV?

With the continued economic crisis looming, everybody is cutting back. That brings up a major question.

How much should I be paying for TV? What should my cable bill be?

Well about a decade ago, the average cable bill was a measly $22 a month.

In 2006, the price of cable soared up $60 a month. Now, in 2009, the average cable bill is closer to $99 a month.  And that does not include all of your premium channels and sports programs.

With these numbers, it’s safe to say a good portion of our society is subscribed to a cable provider.

Top 10 Largest Cable Companies by subscribers

  • Comcast Corporation 23,891,000
  • Time Warner Cable, Inc. 13,048,000
  • Cox Communications, Inc. 5,316,100
  • Charter Communications, Inc. 4,929,900
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation 3,093,000
  • Bright House Networks LLC 2,301,300
  • Mediacom Communications Corporation 1,282,000
  • Suddenlink Communications 1,257,500
  • Insight Communications Company, Inc. 720,100
  • Cable One, Inc. 692,100

Since we all know emergencies happen, you have to make your financial success a priority. If you eliminate frivolous spending, budget wisely, and connect the dots, you could be on your way to success.

There will always be emergencies that require an SOS to the powers that be. However, truthfully, how many things in our lives are truly needs, as opposed to wants. Do you really need the cable, cell phone, the movies and the dinner out, etc?

Let’s break this down so you can see where your money is going and where it could go.

On a monthly schedule:
Cell phone bill = at a minimum $50.00 this does not include any bells and whistles that you might prefer. Texting, GPS, internet, etc.

Cable bill = $99 a month. This once again is your basic package.

Fast food = the average combination meal at MacDonald’s will set you back approximately $5.00 for a burger, fries and a soft drink. $5.00 X five days per week is $25.00 per week. In a four week month you will have spent $100.00.

That totals approximately $250 alone!!

You can always just watch regular free TV. Or spend some time with the family. Play games, call a friend. Read a book.

You may think you need a cell phone, but in reality how many times do you use your phone for emergencies? Isn’t it usually the fun and privilege of having the newest technology at your fingertips that gives you a thrill? After listening to 99% of other people’s noisy and rude phone calls, ask yourself; is this conversation an emergency or even really necessary?

And another question would be” what did people used to do before cell phones?"
Between fast food, cell phones, and cable you could be spending well over $125 per month and none of those things will make you a dime. If you transfer these bills to the business opportunity, ABM, you can translate that amount into potential wealth.

The SOS is… you need to make money with a proven company that won’t let you down!

Some people live their lives as if it was an emergency, creating one emergency after another. If you don’t address the emergency of your financial well being; whether or not you want your chicken regular or extra crispy will be a moot point. Better yet eat in, save money, and place it on a real winner ABM.

No one is responsible for all the things that happen to them, but you are responsible for the way that you act when they do happen.


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