Last Tuesday, January 13, I took the family to watch Australia’s game vs Oman at the Asian Cup. To do anything family related is a hit on the budget.
The tickets cost me in total $171.50 which is broken down by $98 ($49 per adult) and $73.50 ($24.50 for a child).
Apparel at the game cost me $140 for 2 kids T Shirts and 1 female T-shirt.
The parking at the venue cost me $25.00.
Mt Franklin Water cost me $33.60 for 7 bottles at $4.80 each.
Coke Zero cost me $5.60 for a can.
Hot Chips cost me $30 for 5 little round boxes sold at $6 each.
A Chicko Roll costed $5.50.
A Stadium Hot Dog costed $6.20.
A pack of Kettle Chips costed $6.00.
A pack of Honey Soy Chips costed $5.50.
All up the whole day with the tickets came up to about $430.
10 days prior on January 3rd, I also took the family to watch a local A-League football game between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets. Tickets for that event cost me $61.33 for the family. Parking was at zero cost (on the street with a 20 minute walk) and food/drink costs me $50 in total.
So in total I have spent about $540 on football/soccer related events for the month of January so far. To add to that expense, when I purchased the tickets for Australia’s group match against Oman, I also purchased tickets for the Semi Final and the Final. So those events are coming up on the horizon and thanks to some dumb and arrogant decisions from coach Ange Postecoglou, Australia didn’t finish top of their group, so instead of “hopefully” watching a semi final match with Australia playing, they now end up on the other side of the draw and play at different stadiums.
January is also the month when we gear up for the start of school, plus the registrations for all the winter sports (and gear purchases). So from a family point of view, the costs are adding up, plus we are coming off the Christmas craziness of credit card debt that we still need to contend with.
However, the recording industry and entitled artists are so out of touch that they don’t understand that society in general feels a lot of pain when it comes to money.
We also have a lot of other outlets when it comes to entertainment and events. The more that the recording industry bitches about piracy and lobbies so that ISP’s send copyright notices and track our online behaviour, the more the fans of music just give their money elsewhere.
Normally this time each year, I am purchasing tickets to Soundwave Side shows. That has been the norm every year for the last 5 years. I don’t go to a festival because I see it as a waste of time and a real uncomfortable experience to watch only a few bands that I might like.
However, this year, I don’t really like any of the bands that much to go and watch them. So that money that I used for the music industry is instead going to football.
One last thing about all of the arguments about free music and competing with free.
Water is a natural product and it ends up coming out of our sinks for next to no cost at all. However, the water companies like Mt Franklin have found a way to make us pay a premium for bottled water.
One day an artists with a progressive thinking record label will find their own unique way to make the same happen for music.