Re: And I thought my home bill was bad..
We held off with dial-up for some time until BT started running their free evening/weekend service. Still remember very well waiting patiently until 6pm so I could get online without being shouted at for running up a big bill. Then of course the arguments started up because we had the family PC downstairs, but I had a modem in my own PC upstairs as well - and only one could be online at a time.
Always-on broadband and networking throughout the house was a godsend after that!