This week, we asked Life Inc. readers the hypothetical question: What would you give up in exchange for having someone else pay your bills for a month?
The most popular answer: Television.
“I gave up TV on my own a year ago. My incentive is not paying that ridiculous cable bill,” one reader wrote.
The most surprising answer: Sex.
About 19 percent of the approximately 27,000 people who took the poll said giving up one of life’s pleasures would be worth it if you didn’t have to worry about the bills.
Many lamented that’s because they wouldn’t be giving up much, anyway.
“Not really giving it up since I haven't had sex since the Johnson Administration (ANDREW Johnson),” one reader wrote.
Needless to say, this is a hypothetical question - in the real world, most people can’t do much about having to pay their bills, or their taxes.
We may also grumble – a lot – about those taxes, but when it comes down to it most Life Inc. readers wouldn’t cheat Uncle Sam.
This week, we also reported on a survey from the IRS Oversight Board showing that 8 percent of people think it’s acceptable to to cheat on income taxes “as much as possible.”
In our poll, about 70 percent of readers said it’s never OK to cheat.
“With so many loopholes, who needs to cheat?” one reader asked.
Another wondered: “Is the IRS checking these responses?”
If you’re having trouble paying your bills, or your taxes, it may be because you’re one of the millions of folks out there looking for a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics this week released its outlook for where the biggest job growth will be in the coming decade.
Given our aging population, it’s no surprise that many of those new jobs will be in health care, including registered nurses.
Many of our readers complained that so many of the fastest growing jobs on the list are in fields that don’t pay much.
“Most of those jobs look like they are very low paying. Wow, good for us,” one reader wrote.