Digital TV, Smokes and some Random Thoughts for a Friday

Fifty Cents More for Digital TV?

Rogers sent me yet another offer to get me to change my Cable TV package and this time it worked. The claim was it was going to cost me 50 cents more to get a digital TV box and package than what I currently paid. I was skeptical figuring that was the base cost, but at the end of it after taxes and service charges it was going to be a lot more.

I called, and I was surprised to see that this was not the case, but their claim was fraudulent none the less. The final price was actually 76 cents more than what I currently paid, but they gave me “free installation” to compensate for their mistake. Is this too good to be true? We shall see, I haven’t got my first bill yet, and the box is so small it will be very easy to throw it back to the Rogers Video store near my house.

Me getting a deal? Who would have thought it?

Cigarette Production Down

Good for many reasons, people are saving their money and not spending them on smokes, but also, less smokers usually means better health as well.

Cigarette production in September decreased 11.8% from August to 1.4 billion cigarettes, down 25.7% from September 2006.

Keep that money in your pocket, not going up in smoke.

Weekly Pay is Up In August

Only by $1.13 but that is up from the previous month, so that is not bad at all, really.

In August, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $1.13 from July to $772.59. The year-to-date growth, calculated as the average of the first eight months of 2007 compared with the average of the same eight months in 2006, was 3.1%.

Good to know this one, but remember rising income, is another part of inflation as well.

In Heaven There is No Beer, That’s Why Canadians Drink It Here

OK, I am paraphrasing from one of my favorite Oktoberfest songs, but Stats Canada says that Beer continues to be Canada’s alcohol of choice, with Red Wine coming in a solid second.

In litres of absolute alcohol, the volume of sales of alcoholic beverages edged up 3.8% in 2005/2006 to 211.9 million litres.

Beer was by far the most popular beverage. In terms of dollar value, beer captured 48.6% of sales, wine, 26.6%, and spirits, 24.8%.

Consumers bought more than 2.2 billion litres of beer, up 2.9% from 2004/2005. This volume was worth more than $8.4 billion, a 4.8% increase.

That’s where some of our money is going, I guess. Alcohol purchases is up by 6.1%, but I can’t actually attest to whether that is true for me or not (I usually drink at friends houses, just ask them).

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Always check your pay stub

From my Nortel years, but I still do check my pay stubs religiously.

Had an odd occurrence last Friday, I got my pay stub from work (I remember when I used to get a pay cheque, and how it felt so nice to look at it, but I digress), and remember it is important to check your pay stub. There are only 3 points in the year where my net pay changes:

I was surprised to see the “magic pay deposit number” on my pay cheque was askew $20.00 (less unfortunately). When I went to Quicken which keeps track of this for me, and I saw that my benefits package charge went up $20 or so, which caused me to wonder what was going on.

I have “Flex” benefits, which every year get more and more expensive and the coverage I get is less and less (I think I have whined about this a few times so I will reserve my rant about this for when I have to enroll again this year). Nothing had changed, yet my benefits charge was up, so I sent in a complaining note to my payroll department, who are “investigating” what happened. I await an explanation still.

Always Check Your Pay Stub

It is important to watch your pay stubs as they go by, and not just assume it is all working fine. Remember it is your money they are fiddling around with.


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