By Braddah Lance
Is it just me or does it seem dat people are doing more than ok these days? I mean, it wasn't too long ago dat EVERYBODY was up in arms about gas prices hitting over $4 /gallon and screaming strong armed robbery as gas stations seemed to be increasing their prices on a whim but would never decrease it just the same. I just paid $4.589 a gallon (supreme) and haven't heard a peep through da media - from consumers - about gas prices having steadily risen in da last couple of months.
I swear I was paying like $4.30 something per gallon about a month ago but then again my memory not so good so it could have been much longah than dat. It's so fortunate dat I get one bike and my fill up is usually below $20 but then it got me thinking about da things we have always thought was "steady" and relied on to help our budgets.
Gone are da $5-something plate lunches. Da Dollah stores are shutting down and now da $1 bins you used to see are now $2, $3 or more. Da Dollah menu at fast food places are no longah $1 but now called "value menus" or "$1 plus" as if they no tink we realize dat it's not a "$1" anymore.
Da steadiest thing I've evah seen still to dis day from my hannah battah days is da gumball/candy machines wea it still costs 25 cents - some 50 cents - but it's always been quarters.
Wassup Wit Dat!
I take it back. There were actually nickel and dime candy machines too right? But there always been da quarters. I guess stick gum has been pretty steady too wea you can buy da five pack........ for a quarter.
So wat is it? Wen do people start bitchin' about prices cause I swear there's still unemployed people out there and hea in Hawai'i we all know our cost of living is higher than Mauna Kea. Have people just stopped bitchin' because they've gotten hefty raises like our top City Officials? Every yea it's a roll of dice for me whether I got one of those or not and even if I do, it isn't substantial enough to do any damage in da budget.
Are there any values out there dat still exist? Is there a certain price point you look at for certain things? Have you just succumbed to da powers dat be setting da market on prices? Out of curiosity, do you use coupons? Not da kine for shampoo or personal items kine but da kine you cut out from da paper for fast food Jack-In-The-Box or da local store sale kine? Do you have discount cards like da ID Card or Entertainment Book?