What is Free?
Webster defines it as:
a : relieved from or lacking something and especially something unpleasant or burdensome <free from pain>
In this fine state of Massachusetts, the powers that be reward us with a weekend celebration that is today’s version of throwing tea into the harbor, ridding us of that loathsome 6.25% tax (on purchases under $2500).
These wonderful representatives of our political system wave a magic wand to the burden of the added tax.
Oh how we celebrate. Lines form outside of stores and people fill their shopping carts with items that just can’t pass up, do to the tax they wont have to pay.
Do you really need it?
Have you really worked out the math?
So if you go to a store we will call, The Easter Tree Shop, (not that there is anything wrong with this store, I am just using them as an example 😉 and you buy let’s say $200 worth of easter lights, paper, candles, etc you have saved $12.50
That is definitely worth getting in your car, driving miles, waiting in line to Save $12.50. 🙂
I think we need to evaluate what our time is worth.
Figuring what you currently make at your job per hour, whether you are salaried or hourly. Are you at least saving the same amount based on the time you spent to buy the item?
Choose what we need to have as opposed to want to have. I.E. Furnace, refrigerator, hot water heater, home improvement items vs big screen tv, massage chair, back yard batting cage, new rims for the ride, etc.
Many of the items that you are shopping for might already have discounts and rebates. If some of these purchases require a service technician to install don’t forget to add that cost back into the mix.
The street definition of Free:
“you don’t get something for nothing”
What does this blog post have to do with food you may ask?