My car came with a 3 month free trial for Sirius radio. So far I haven’t heard anything to keep me listening. The company’s big selling point is that it is commercial free. If a commercial comes on a regular local radio station I just push a preset button and I end up at a different local radio station.
The Sirius people sent me a promotional packet today and with an explanation of their pricing. $16 a month for something that I can get for free? They can’t be Sirius?
Richest Woman In Canada
Sherry Brydson, of Victoria, British Columbia, has been named as Canada’s richest woman. Her wealth is valued at $6.5 billion dollars and she is a member of the Thompson media family. She is the richest woman but also the third richest Canadian.
I had never heard of her before her name hit all the papers this week. I think she liked her anonymity but now her name is everywhere and people will be driving past her house and taking pictures. She has a big hedge for privacy but it is time for a big fence and some angry dogs.
Richest Woman In The World
Forbe’s says the richest woman in the world is a 90 year old French woman who made her money keeping my grey roots from showing. Her father started L’Oreal and her family still controls a large part of the company. Liliane Bettencourt’s net worth is estimated at $30 billion but at 90 years of age she probably won’t be the world’s richest woman for long.
Communication Fee Increase
I get my cable, phone and internet from the same company. I had negotiated a package that kept the price of all 3 to $124 per month (HST included). The deal is up and I had to spend a lot of time on hold today to renegotiate a deal that gives me increased internet with the same phone and cable for $129 (HST included) per month.
I am not happy to pay more but I would have had to switch to get a better deal and my provider is very reliable and I haven’t heard anything good about the other local providers.
All my other bills went up so it only makes sense that this one did too. Now if only I could figure out how to make my hourly wage increase to match all my increasing expenses.
Should I Pay For Winter Car Washes?
My outdoor water is shut off until spring but my car sure is dirty. With a freezing rain and travel warning in effect for tomorrow I am guaranteed that there will be lots of salt and sand on the road as well as mucky brown slush. I don’t want that stuff causing premature rusting on my car.
How often should a car be washed in a Canadian winter? I have looked online and there is only conflicting advice. People associated with car washes seem to think frequently is the correct answer. There are also a lot of people who feel that you shouldn’t do it very often because the water gets in to places that it shouldn’t and can cause damage. There are lots of online posts that claim soap should be avoided as it damages the paint.
There does not seem to be an easy answer to this question. I can get a car wash for $7 up to $15. Then I have to wonder if the $15 wash is actually twice as good as the $7 wash.
Cost Of Christmas Gifts
The average Canadian will spend $587 on Christmas gifts. I have managed to keep it just under $250 so there must be some people getting some very expensive gifts. The car dealerships really do deliver cars with big red bows on them for Christmas and Costco had lots of diamond earrings and necklaces valued at more than $5,000 and I saw a man buying something from the expensive case last week.
I have encouraged my sons to help me with some repairs around the house instead of spending money on a gift for me this year. Students need money for books and tuition they shouldn’t be buying.
I wonder if any blind folded person has ever been led to the driveway for a surprise new car with the big bow on the hood and been very disappointed because their new car was silver when they wanted black?