April 8, 2011 Bills-B-Gone
My last post was about how Alan and I had finally freed ourselves from a huge bondage of debt. Yesterday, while flipping through some mail I came across this add:
Isn’t it interesting the image they use? This product looks similar to something you may spray on your weeds to kill them. In my family we call these products poison, because I want the kids to know how serious it is to play with household spray bottles.
Did you also notice the by-line under Bills-B-Gone? “Eliminates costly bills! Put’s cash in your pocket!” First of all, bills will never go away, sadly. Secondly Bills-B-Gone is not the solution to put money in your pocket. If any thing, Bill-B-Gone is only going to rob you blind and leave you with nothing but an addiction your family can’t afford.
Have you figured out what this is an advertisement for?
You probably didn’t read the fine print at the bottom of the advertisement. It says this:
You may enter to win at your local casino. That’s a great way (insert sarcasm) to put extra money in your pocket. All you need to do is use your grocery money that apparently you can’t really afford, spend it at the casino, and hope you win so that your kids won’t have to go without food for the week. Of course if it’s not your lucky day, you could always apply for food stamps or go to a local charity to get food to feed your family. Many will enter; few will win. Just think of the possibilities. (Forget working hard, following a budget, and taking care of your own.)