Convenience is Costly


ClassicMashedPotWSI0017I’m about to embark on a lunch of fried chicken and  with what seems to be standard side fare at most carry outs, potato wedges. Why am I consuming some fried delicacy prepared by a carryout when I should and could be giving my body much more nourishing food?

Probably for the same reason, someone right now is wolfing down a hot dog and chips, or chomping on one of the latest mega burgers from one of the many cookie cutter fast food chains. Also for the same reason thousands of people a day all across America shell out 6 to 10 percent more than retail for stale vending machine snacks.

Convenience. Convenience, that when I stop and think about it is costly, on the front end and on the back end.

Convenient consumables always cost more than at home prepped ones, and that’s understandable. There is labor, product distribution, marketing cost etc. All of which is of no consequence to the purveyors, because they know Americans love

There is labor, product distribution, marketing cost etc. All of which is of no consequence to the purveyors, because they know Americans love convenience, and for the most part, don’t mind paying for it.

You don’t hear a lot of grumbling behind the cost of the average fast food meal do you? But in reality, the same meal could be had at a much less cost by preparing at home.

But there is the going to the grocery store, selecting the ingredients, going back home, preparing the ingredients, and of course, cooking the meal, and then there is the cleanup afterward. A lot of Americans simply pay the cost of convenience and move along.

The cost of convenience is not just confined to food. Another example is  parking.

All major hotels offer valet parking vs. do it yourself. However, the convenience of valet is costly-consider in some places $10.00 to park your own car or $20.00 to valet (Rural small town people are laughing their asses off..ahh they got you Geo..You paid somebody to park your car??? Ohh buddy they got you). Then there is the convenience of having your vehicle washed versus doing it yourself. This one opened my eyes. I paid a hand wash service $26.00 one week to wash my truck. They did a fantastic job too. The next week I did it myself at a coin operated

Then there is the convenience of having your vehicle washed versus doing it yourself.

This one opened my eyes. I paid a hand wash service $26.00 one week to wash my truck. They did a fantastic job too. The next week I did it myself at a coin operated carwash for (gulp!) $6.00. And can do it home for whatever the cost I invest in the soap towels and the  minuscule impact it has on my water bill.

And the convenience amenities go on.

Dry cleaning, pet grooming, pet walking, salons etc. Some convenience amenities have become such an entrenched part of society; we would be hard pressed to function without them. For instance (I’m bracing for the “you’re crazy as hell” from you all) running water.  Yep, the convenience of walking to the sink or bottled water dispenser turning a dial or handle, and getting water. (How the hell else does he think we’re supposed to get water?) Well (I should get ready to duck) back in the day it was considered convenient to dig a hole in the back yard until you reached ground water, (I imagine a lot of blank stares going on about now) install two wishbone tree limbs on each side of the hole, place a stick across the wishbones tie a rope attached to a bucket, lower the bucket into the hole and retrieve a bucket of the best water you ever tasted. (Post 1960 borns have no idea what the hell I’m talking about..they abandoned the post at this juncture and are googling “water, bucket, hole, ground”, like crazy.

Some convenience amenities have become such an entrenched part of society; we would be hard pressed to function without them. For instance (I’m bracing for the “you’re crazy as hell” from you all) running water.  Yep, the convenience of walking to the sink or bottled water dispenser turning a dial or handle, and getting water. (How the hell else does he think we’re supposed to get water?) Well (I should get ready to duck) back in the day it was considered convenient to dig a hole in the back yard until you reached ground water, (I imagine a lot of blank stares going on about now) install two wishbone tree limbs on each side of the hole, place a stick across the wishbones tie a rope attached to a bucket, lower the bucket into the hole and retrieve a bucket of the best water you ever tasted. (Post 1960 borns have no idea what the hell I’m talking about..they abandoned the post at this juncture and are googling “water, bucket, hole, ground”, like crazy.

For instance (I’m bracing for the “you’re crazy as hell” from you all) running water.  Yep, the convenience of walking to the sink or bottled water dispenser turning a dial or handle, and getting water.

(How the hell else does he think we’re supposed to get water?) Well (I should get ready to duck) back in the day it was considered convenient to dig a hole in the back yard until you reached ground water, (I imagine a lot of blank stares going on about now) install two wishbone tree limbs on each side of the hole, place a stick across the wishbones tie a rope attached to a bucket, lower the bucket into the hole and retrieve a bucket of the best water you ever tasted. (Post 1960 borns have no idea what the hell I’m talking about..they abandoned the post at this juncture and are googling “water, bucket, hole, ground”, like crazy.

Anyway, for the remaining audience, I focus on convenience in this post, not with a negative light. But in the striving economical times, and diseased environments if you’re looking to save some serious money and avoid the long-term  backend cost of possible challenged health, you should inventory all the conveniences you pay for and evaluate if they are really necessary.

Consider the payoff of doing it yourself.

The contingency factor just may be a lot more than you think.

Oh, by the way, post 1960 baby-boomers….its called a well.

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Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

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