One way to think of the astigmatism (given the way your prescription is written) is that the myopia is worse in one direction than in the perpendicular direction. (For example, it might be worse horizontally than vertically.) So instead of perfectly spherical eyeglass lenses, you need lenses with a bit more correction at one angle than at the other.
It wasn't until I hit my forties that I needed astigmatism correction, and was forced to switch brands of contacts to get toric lenses. Although they were comfortable, they were never as comfortable as my previous, regular contacts. I could only go eight or nine hours with them, while I was able to wear the others all day. I don't know if that's true for all brands, but I would expect so, because they need a more complex shape and can't be as thin as regular contacts.
In your case, your eye doctor has given you a contact lens prescription that's (roughly) the average between the two directions, rather than making you wear torics. Between the increased comfort of the regular contacts and the increased cost of the torics, I'd consider that a good trade, as long as the resulting vision meets your needs.
You do not have much astigmatism and thus, will not need to correct it in contact lenses. To make sure that the image is projected clearly onto the retina a small adjustment to the spherical power of the lens is made for astigmatism. This is known as the spherical equivalent of the prescription.
Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., M.S.
ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center
San Diego, California