Saturday, May 27, 2006

One busy day and a geeky dilemma

I spent the morning working on the diss, both writing and crunching some numbers. It's not that I'm bad at math, but I'm bad at dealing with data, so Mr. Geeky has been helping with that. Everyone should have to use math in relation to something they care about. That's what I think.

After that, we dropped Geeky Boy at a park to hang out with a friend and then we went off to run some errands. Primarily we had to replace our patio table which was destroyed in a freak accident in the winter when it shattered in a million pieces. So, naturally, we had to swing through Best Buy to replace our DVD player which died at least 6 months ago. Of course, we had to walk past the cell phones.

Mr. Geeky and I have matching phones that we purchased more than 2 years ago. It's time for an upgrade. We glanced at the phones briefly and passed by. But then, after another round of picking up one kid and kids coming and going from one place to another, we were sitting at our new table and we started really thinking that maybe we do want to get new phones. So I hopped online to see what the costs were.

Interestingly, if you switch carriers, the costs decrease dramatically. Even if you offer to enter into a 2-year contract with your same carrier, you cannot get the discounts you can get as a new customer. How wrong is that?!

So then, we tossed around the idea that maybe we'd get rid of our landline and while we're at it, maybe we can cut back on the cable. We really don't watch that much tv. And then, I was poking around some more and thought, maybe I should try to buy responsibly. So I went to BuyBlue to check out my preferred providers and stores. Let me just say, it doesn't look good. Most of the carriers I'm considering are either completely red or half and half. Here's the list.

Working Assets looks like the best option in terms of "blueness" but they only have four phones to choose from. Sigh. Being a responsible consumer is hard. The deck is stacked against you. Maybe I'll just contribute whatever I spend on the phones to some worthy cause.