This is just a tiny little money scenario that makes me stop and think about how important it is to pay attention to every dollar. Now, tell me if this seems ridiculous to any of you? The bagels that I like (the not so cheap ones) coast $3 for a pack of six (on sale) and the cheap bagels cost $1.50 for a pack of six (on sale). The $3 ones are a much better quality. Little Abe and I really enjoy a good bagel for breakfast but every time I buy the six pack of bagels for $3 I hesitate, "do I really want to spend $3 on these? Ugh, that's so much!" We honestly really enjoy them though and they're very filling so I do pick up a package of them when they are on sale.
I usually work in the afternoons but this morning was going to be a "go into work early day." I woke up and honestly decided within two minutes that I was going quick get out the door by going through the McDonald's drive thru and getting a coffee (I think I have a free one) and a sausage mcmuffin for $1.06. (We have 6cents sales tax here)
Here's the question: why do I feel like buying a $1 menu sandwich is such a great deal when it costs twice what the "expensive" bagels from the grocery store that I always have to talk myself into getting cost?
Theoretically (because I would never eat a bagel every single day of the year for breakfast or get a mcdonald's sandwich every morning but theoretically) If I ate a bagel every single morning for a year it would cost $182.50 for my yearly bagels (that sounds silly just to type out). If I ate a mcd's sandwich from the dollar menu every morning for a year it would cost $386.90. The mcd's dollar menu sandwiches which always seem like a REALLY GREAT deal would cost me $204.40 MORE for the year than the expensive bagels from the grocery store. For the record the bagels are as filling if not more so than the sausage mcmuffin.
I think convenience and a "great deal" can trick us into thinking really silly things when it comes to money. $204.40 is a lot of money! It makes me wonder how many other things I cheat myself out of $204.40 because they seem like a great deal.
*To be clear, I probably go through the McDonald's drive thru two or three times a month at the most and only ever get a coffee and $1 menu item but the point still stands.
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