The layaway plan

It is unreasonable to think that we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Do you remember when buying bigger, more expensive items on layaway was a common thing? At one time, most department stores offered a layaway plan. While a few stores still offer these plans, for the most part, they’re a thing of the past. The widespread availability of credit cards has greatly diminished the need for layaway plans. I don’t think I mind the layaway plan fading away, but I’m troubled by the shift in mindset that’s come …
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Boiled frog

How we live our days is how we live our life. Annie Dillard 1945 – If you placed a live frog in a pot of boiling water, the frog would do everything it could to escape; it would be instantly aware of the danger of staying in the pot. But if you place a frog in a pot of lukewarm water and gradually increase the temperature, the frog won’t try to get away. The change is so gradual that the frog won’t react until it’s too late. (Note: please don’t try either option at home, or anywhere else, for that …
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Was it worth it?

Appearances often are deceiving. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Some time back, a certain bookstore (which we’ll leave unnamed) ran what seemed like a very nice online promotion: buy 1 item, get the second item for 60% off list price. Sounds good, right? Wrong. My daughter took advantage of the promotion and placed an order. But after studying it a bit further, she realized the math didn’t add up. The discount they were deducting from her total wasn’t 60% of the price of┬áthe lower item. It was only 50%. So she called customer service. They didn’t understand what had happened either, …
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