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Let me preface by saying, I love me some potato chips. Like…totally love them. I could eat them every day. (could..I mean, I do…) The crunch. The salt. The way they fit just perfectly inside my mouth. All pluses in my book. Do you know what isn’t a plus? The fact that potato chips are probably one of the most expensive things that I buy. Why? BC I’m paying for air. Half the bag is air. Seriously. I buy a bag of chips, let’s just say, for fun purposes….a 10 oz bag of chips. I rip that baby open…and there are maybe 4 oz of chips which take me all of two minutes to eat…and I realize I’ve been duped once again into paying for 6 oz of air. AIR. The free air that we breathe every day….although, I will say..on the plus side, at least this air is scented…like Doritos…Cheetos….Fritos….(wait, why do they all rhyme???!!!)
So, I’ve realized that chips are really freakin’ expensive…still totally worth it (;-)) but how dare they???!! Charge us for air? Really? How much money have I wasted on air??!!! How much happier would be soul and tummy have been with a full 10 oz of potato chips?!!! How much different would my life truly be if I was able to have enjoyed all those extra moments of crunch and salt? UGH, it’s unimaginable.
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But, truth be told….There are so many things in life that we pay “extra” for. Some, for convenience reasons…some, just because we want to and can. Did you know that for .55 cents more, you can buy cheese in the store that is already cut up and ready to serve? So, to me…that means I don’t have to take home a block of cheese, open it, try to cut it without fail (which never ever ever happens), try to make them even (which again never ever ever happens) and then store it all nice and neat until next time. Please, I’ll pay the extra .55 cents EVERY. TIME. My time is worth that, my sanity is worth that and gosh darn it, I’m worth it. 😉
Bottled water is another extremely expensive guilty convenience. Did you know it cost 2000 times more than tap water? What a mark-up! And guess what? We, as Americans, spend over $11 Billion (yes, that’s billion with a B) on it yearly. That. is. insane. I’ll stick to walking to the faucet, turning the handle and getting my water out for free like the world is supposed to operate.
Are we being duped??? Are convenience items defying the ability to be frugal? How far is too far to pay for convenience? Where does one draw the line? We each have items in our mind that we justify….so, what items do you find are worth that “convenience” splurge?