We are a super-sized, value-meal, dollar menu nation. If they tell us that for only $___ more we can have ____________, we’re hooked. When is a great deal not a great deal? When it costs you more in the long run.
For one thing, the extras add up. With only an extra $1.00 a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, you’re looking at $260.00. Over 5 years that’s $1,300.00. It adds up.
There are other things that add up, like calories. Those extra fries, extra ounces of soda, etc., all add up. The extra calories lead to extra pounds which can lead to additional health costs.
Upsizing, upgrades, etc., can be great. The Furry Guy and I like to split a large cheeseburger value meal at one fast food place. We order it along with a small soda. We each get a regular-sized cheeseburger; I can have a few fries without (a) having a whole order or (b) making The Furry Guy feel cheated. It works.
So, I’m not saying that you should never go for the extras. I’m just saying that you should really think about whether or not it’s a good deal in the long run.