By: Revanche

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

March 16, 2007

In typical Fatwallet fashion, I tend to comparison shop, check for free shipping, coupons, cashback from the site and from the credit card I use. But there’s always one more element that comes into play when I want to make a purchase: what is this costing me? Not in the dollars and cents sense, though that’s certainly always considered, rather, in the sense of what am I giving up by spending this amount of money on this item? If I spent $15 instead of $10, I have effectively sacrificed $5 of spending ability in another area. No surprise there.

Five dollars is usually the equivalent of a third of a trade paperback comic book, two thirds of a paperback, or an emergency lunch when I’ve forgotten to bring lunch to work.

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