Don’t be ridiculous!

Today I saw a toaster advertised for $449. It was marked down from $499 which the ad said was a 10% discount. Big Deal!

It was brought to my attention by a tweet. Yes, somebody on Twitter was considering the purchase of this but couldn’t decide whether they should buy it as a moving house gift for themselves, or just pack the one they already own.

$449 for a toaster! Even with a discount, that’s ludicrous!

A television is cheaper than that nowadays and although this particular toaster had glass sides so that you could watch your toast cooking, at least with a TV you can change channels.

Sometimes I think we’re living in a world that’s gone mad.

The price of that toaster is a week’s wages for somebody. It’s also the same price as some weekly household rentals or an average airfare from Sydney to Melbourne – 4 times. If you’re a single old aged pensioner, it’s more than the weekly allowance.

How many people can afford to spend that amount on something to heat up and brown their bread?

And if you wish to tell me that you would buy it because you want it and affordability doesn’t come into it – then I’m afraid that you’ve got a misplaced sense of what’s important and what is not.

Obviously other people won’t tell you this, but I will –

Save your money for more crucial things in your life.  And Don’t Be So Ridiculous!

 

Carmel McCartin – Budget Bitch

And don’t forget – (The views expressed in this blog are the personal opinions of the author. Don’t rely on them to make financial decisions, you have to make up your own mind. If you don’t like the content – then either stop reading or send me an email)

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