I am getting peeved with hearing how awful their lives are now they have to cut back to eating smart price carrots in a tin etc meanwhile they are subscribed to things that I would not consider a necessity.
Broadband, YABU - most people now have a package deal on their homephone line. I don't have a mobile contract phone (have an old PAYG which I get free texts on), so a landline package is an essential for me.
Carrots in a tin are the work of the devil. Also - I am sure they work out dearer than lovely fresh ones!
Don't have sky as I class it as a luxury which I cannot afford atm. I do consider the internet a bit of a lifeline when struggling and therefore more important than sky. However I would give up the internet without doubt to provide proper food for my family.
I'd gree with th op re:Sky, but broadband is kind of the norm these days, isn't it. I guess it depends on your priorities. Most MNers couldn't live without their broadband. I know I'd miss it a lot. Not enough to eat tinned carrots though.
Yes, I suppose that broadband saves me lots of money as it enables me to do my heavy grocery shopping on the internet for free (because I order a lot) - I would have to drive to an out-of-town hypermarché otherwise.
I think we have alot of stuff in our lives that aren't necessities... ipods, games consoles, DVDs. Depends on what gives you quality of life though. We have a dog who isn't a necessity but perhaps saves us gym membership/counselling sessions
I don't think you can looks at things in isolation.