These days, what can you buy for a quarter?
A quarter will buy you ten minutes at a parking meter. Or “candy” from the vending machines in the women’s restroom. Or 25 one cent stamps that you can use to offset all of those USPS rate increases.
Or, if you’re in the right place at the right time, a quarter will buy you one of these puppies:
(And yes, I’m referring to the sucker, not the kid.)
Imagine my amazement when I found these little gems at the grocery store the other day. While the kids and I were waiting in line at the checkout counter, I saw them, tucked between the chapstick and Britney Spears in the magazine rack.
Lord only knows how long they had been sitting there. My guess is a long time, because they had slowly been marked down from $2.50 down to the bargain price of 25 cents. There they sat, positioned strategically at shopping cart height, waiting for some toddler to spy them. And for some sucker of a mom to buy them.
That day, the sucker…who bought the suckers…was me.
Now normally, I don’t even consider buying stuff like this. But the kids were being real troopers that day, and I wanted to reward them with a little treat. Plus, you can’t beat that price. 25 cents? It’s a bargain at twice the price, I tell you. And I never turn down a bargain.
I now know from experience that a quarter can buy you:
- A sugar-laden monstrosity that is your dentist’s worst nightmare.
- 15 minutes of golden silence while said monstrosities are reduced to a mere stick and dripping, sticky puddles of goo.
- 2 pairs of puppy dog eyes looking adoringly at you like you’re the best mom in the world.
- A sugar high like you wouldn’t believe. And 45 additional minutes of saccharin-induced chaos.
And, despite the ensuing chaos, they were totally worth it. Two quarters which were, quite possibly, the best bargain I ever found.