Five Bucks per Hour for Entertainment

Five bucks? Yep. Five bucks. Here is what I’m proposing that has worked well for me in the past when it comes to deciding what entertainment to buy:

  1. When purchasing entertainment, determine how many hours of fun you’ll get out of that particular entertainment.
  2. Multiply that number of hours by five bucks.
  3. Determine if the cost of the entertainment is below that amount. If so, purchase it. If not, consider it more carefully or just walk away.

For instance, when I want to purchase a video game, I decide about how many hours will be played. I don’t mean how many hours the game says it has. I mean how many hours will definitely be played[1]. An example would be the more recent Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Over the years, I’ve loved open-world games and have played many hours in each. So I figured, at the least, I’d spend 20 hours in the game. 20 times five bucks is $100. Was the price of $60.00 worth it? Yes, although I got it for free as a gift.

Another example would be a board game. Let’s consider Cranium. It costs around $30. I figure my family and I will play at least three hours of it[2]. Now here is where it gets a little different. My family consists of four people who regularly game together. Four times three hours is 12 hours. Five bucks an hour would be $60. Is $30 worth it? Yes. I count the total hours of fun had by each person.

I even used this method for considering my Xbox 360 purchase a couple of years ago. My daughter and I would definitely play it. We would get at least 50 hours a piece with all the future game purchases, video watching, etc. That is 100 hours times five bucks. I paid much less than $500, so it was definitely worth it. If you have deeper pockets, feel free to up the amount.

What do you think of this idea? Do you have your own method of determining entertainment purchases? Feel free to share in the comments.

Footnotes (or possibly random gibberish):
  1. It’s common for me to quit a game before ever finishing it.[]
  2. possibly much more[]

Author: Saphrym

I am a father, husband, teacher, thinker, reader, and writer. I talk to inanimate objects which tend to talk back to me. Just kidding. They whisper.

3 thoughts on “Five Bucks per Hour for Entertainment”

  1. Great way see if something is worth it. That is what I used to do at the casino’s. I live in florida and its fun to go out and play cards sometimes, but I have seen many people get too wrapped up, there for I find it isn’t wasteful to spend 50 for a few hours of cads, you can also come out on top sometimes.

  2. Mike, I wish this was one of the things you’d have shared with me back in High School… woulda made some decisions MUCH easier…lol Miss You man!

    P.S.: After Issac is done with our old stomping grounds care to “Jump da Hump”?

  3. Have you been peeking inside my brain Saph? I have been using the 5 bucks per hour figure for a few years. :) I haven’t seen it anywhere before.
    You should publish that blog entry as a ridiculously short self help eBook and charge precisely one sixtieth of five bucks for it. Many people would find such relentless logic amusing.

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