This weekend I found myself in the middle of a conundrum. I am a huge Buffalo Sabres fan (that’s hockey for those not in the know). Their season started this past weekend and I desperately wanted to watch the game. In order to watch the games this season I have two options (being that I am in DC and not Buffalo). Option 1) go out to a bar and hope the bartender will put the game on or go to a “Buffalo” bar that is 35 mins away to make sure I can watch it. Option 2) purchase the NHL Center Ice package on Comcast and watch the games at home.
I debated this out in my head. I am so busy that in all likelihood I won’t be able to watch more than 20 of 82 games this season. So, for the price tag of $161 for the season, I am looking at missing almost 3/4ths of the value. Now, going to bars would be even harder to watch a game. I would say this would happen 4-5 times this year. If that is the case I know i will have at least 2-3 beers while out, maybe an appetizer, or maybe dinner. The cost of this is starting to add up and I can see spending close to $30-40 each time I go watch a game at a bar. I like the idea of using Ramit Sethi’s a la carte method, but it is totally possible I will end up spending more money assuming I make the effort to go drink and watch my team play (something that is more likely and more fun than me headed to the gym).
I am really torn here, and I am trying to evaluate unintended costs of making this minor (but still significant) financial decisions. If going with the a la carte method there is gas to consider, there are tips for waiters/waitresses, and then the time cost of going to and from a bar. If I stay at home and order the package, there appears to just be the cost of the package, but I will likely buy beer to enjoy while watching the game, I may order pizza or Chinese on occasion (especially if it’s that rare night at home when I can actually watch the game and not have to do work during it).
I fear that the choices are so similar and I have become indecisive about the situation that I will do nothing and just listen to the games on the radio and maybe catch the playoffs in April. What is it you guys think? Are you faced with similar decisions when trying to watch your team play on NHL Center Ice or NFL Sunday Ticket.
Next year a couple of us bloggers should run experiments to see who spends more, the person buying the package or the person going to bars each week (In fact, I may make some rudimentary analysis in an upcoming post)
It should be noted that I abhor Comcast, which makes this decision more difficult. I really cannot stand giving that company money.