Paying for something you don’t use

Last night, a USA-based company phoned me with a vacation offer. I could stay with my family of five for 7 days in Orlando, Florida and go on a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas for only $899.

After enduring their sales pitches for many minutes, they finally asked me when I will I be going. I told them I am not going. They asked me if I thought it was a good deal. I told them I thought it was a good deal for someone who regualrly travels to Orlando or goes on crusises.

It certainly wasn’t a good deal for me. I would have had to spend $900 (not including travel expenses to get to Orlando from Lethbridge) in order to enjoy a vacation I never do. I never go to Orlando, and I never go on cruises.

It’s like going to the grocery and seeing a 1 L jar of sauerkraut on sale for only $5. If I regularly buy sauerkraut for $5 for 500 mL, then this is a good deal. If I never buy sauerkraut, then this is a terrible deal: I have to spend $5 more dollars than I would have spent otherwise.

This vacation package was the same thing. I took having a “manager” come on the phone to try closing the deal before I finally got it through their heads.

Holy Tithing Batman!

So I found this cool Government of Canada site: Charities Directorate which lists all sort of information on charities in Canada.

I looked up the Magrath wards (because I’m nosey like that) and, in total, my little town of Magrath donated about 2 million dollars to the LDS church in 2005.

I immediately thought, “I wonder if people know how much in total they tithe?” followed up shortly by looking at scenarios of what that kind of money could do if it stuck around our community; and wondering why were there so many church fundraising events if they have a draw that significant.

I guess I was more surprised by the size of the gross figure than anything else.