Friday, 16 February 2018

MY COMMITMENT ISSUES


TRIGGER WARNING: LOSERISH, ADULT POST TO DO WITH MONEY AND COMMITMENT.

I am usually quite nervous when I subscribe to a service. I have to do a lot of research on what I am getting for my money: on who has recommended it, and whether it will benefit me long-term. It's quite ironic really, considering I am the sort of person who spontaneously drains my money on huge online orders (damn you, Asos!).

But for some reason, when I know I am paying for something monthly, I get all jumpy and worried that it's not worth my money -- sounds like I have some strange shopping commitment problem, no? And it's not because I cannot afford it, (although, that student loan does go pretty quick) and it’s not like it's impossible to cancel it at any time either! But the idea of having to actively cancel something does play into it, partly.

I guess it’s a bit like a relationship – once you’re past your three-month free trial, things start to get a bit more serious. You have to make the decision as to whether it is worth your time and money to invest in the full package... and sometimes your gal is a little sceptical, perhaps from previous experiences or whatever, y'know what I mean. 

So, here are the subscriptions I have thought about and thought about and thought about until I decided (after the three-month trial) that it was worth the commitment... so yes, it’s a big deal.

NETFLIX (NO CHILL)

Netflix is a solid subscription, especially now F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is available 24/7 - and boy, don't I know it, it has become the background music to our student house and I couldn't be happier. 

If you haven't got a Netflix provider, aka, a subscriber to sponge off of, or if the person who pays doesn't want to boost up to a two-screen subscription, then I'd totally recommend that you get it yourself. Movies, TV series like The Peaky Blinders, The OA, The Sinner, all top-notch and readily available.

I mean there wasn't much else in the argument past F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Get yourself on it!  

AUDIBLE

I take the bus to university every day. Although it should be a half an hour journey, sometimes due to human traffic (too many humans trying to get onto one bus) combined with actual traffic (cars and stuff), it takes me well over an hour to reach my doorstep. 

I find journeys quite frustrating if I do not have something productive to do. I don't particularly like reading on the bus or looking at my phone because looking down makes me feel motion sickness. So, I subscribed to Audible; a service linked to Amazon that provides thousands of audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction, for £7.99 a month. With this payment, not only do you have access to the books but you are also given one book credit a month which entitles you to choose any audiobook with no further costs. I think this is perfectly reasonable and I haven't used anything other than the credits I have been given so far as it takes me about one month of listening to get through one book anyway!

Not only is it the perfect solution to my frustrating bus journeys, but it has encouraged me to read/listen to more literature, outside of what I am studying on my course. To all the English students out there, it's essential that you get this app, it means you can listen to novels you've wanted to read but haven't had time for! You can actually read for... for... pleasure! Who would have thought it possible?

I am currently listening to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgees (it is pretty weird with the whole another language thing but I'm enjoying it!)  

THE NEW YORKER

I have been searching for a good magazine to get my hands on for a while. I thought about subscribing to Red Magazine but decided that I preferred to pick an issue up in the shops rather than subscribe to it.

Throughout this term at university, I've read a lot of the fictional stories on The New Yorker and have been really impressed with the content that they publish. Their sections vary, producing fiction, podcasts, a section on culture, humour, cartoons, and news. I love the design and how artsy the magazine is, they include so much in one copy.

It costs $1 (70p) a week at the moment to subscribe and that entitles you to 12 weeks access to their online content. I chose to pay for the physical copy of the magazine as well as the online content which cost me $20 (£14) for twelve weeks worth of content. 

I am yet to receive my first copy of the magazine and I am pretty excited because it's illustrated beautifully! 

GIRLS AND GLORY

I posted on my Instagram last month that I am now on the writers' team for Girls and Glory, an empowering online community created by and for womxn! G&G post a new issue online every month which includes interviews with inspiring womxn, such as, Youtuber, Arden Rose, and the best-selling author of Sex, Second Chances and Figuring Out Who the Hell I Am, Laura Jane Williams; they also publish thought-provoking articles about the gendered climate we live in today as well as beautiful photo series by various photographers and artists.

The best part is, if you go to their website, you can subscribe just using your email for free! Click here to visit their website and scroll down to the bottom to subscribe.

SPECSAVERS CONTACT LENS SCHEME

Last summer, I was driving to and from my, at the time, boyfriend's house a lot; it was a four-hour drive and the summer sun was quite blinding (aka dangerous). I decided that what I really needed was a pair of prescription sunglasses. Specsavers has a deal where, if you sign up to the contact lens scheme, you can get a high percentage off a pair of frames that of your choice. This meant that I was able to get contacts and my sunglasses for less than what the sunglasses alone would have cost. ALSO, from the date of subscription, every two years Specsavers sends you a voucher that entitles you to an entirely free pair of new specs! 

By subscribing to the contacts scheme, I never worry about running out of lenses which is important because when I dance and join the gym (what a phrase), I need them for exercise.

There are three different amounts you can pay; you can get a box with ten pairs, twenty, or thirty pairs - the price increasing with however many you need. I have twenty pairs and find that is plenty for the month!

(Bit of a boring one for those of you with your 20/20 vision, but a goodie if you wear contacts or are sick of wearing glasses).

SPOTIFY 

Ah, Spotify, like music to my ears (see what I did there). Spotify is great for everyone, really, but even better when you're a student as you get the student discount: it's £9.99 a month for a standard membership and £4.99 for a student membership.

It's definitely worth paying for the membership as you can listen to all your music in one place, make playlists for all occasions (gotta have an emergency pre-drink playlist on their for whenever everybody else is too scared to DJ) and you can even use it when you are offline, so on holiday you can download your favourite albums. If you don't have a membership, you can still use the app but it does get irritating when you're listening to five audio adverts every two songs.  

Hope that my adultness didn't bore you and maybe you found some new services that are worth your commitment!

Love, 

George x



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