Back when I was a little kid, I remembered that one dollar meant a lot. Heck, I was happy because I received twenty five cents. Nowadays, it seems as if it’s not worth much. The value of a dollar has gone down, the cost of living has gone up and you can’t buy for a dollar what you could have bought back then.
When I first came to Canada, money was scarce. Both my mom and my dad had to work in order to support my brothers and I. We attended school while they worked full time. Growing up back in the 80Ã¯Â¿Â½s, I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t ask for much from my parents. I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t ask for toys, I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t ask for an allowance, I didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t even ask for video games. But my dad did buy my brothers and I a gaming console. The Atari 2600 was my very first gaming console and I loved it! I had never seen anything like it. It was this big black box and it came with some big chunky joysticks with a red button on it, not a million buttons like today. Just One! I remember games like Missile Command, Centipede and Pac Man. I never got into the action figures and stuff, I was into the Atari game console! And back then, most of those games were affordable. My dad probably bought us, like, fifty games for it. And I would sit there playing that thing for hours before my mom would yell at me to go have dinner.
These days, the new generations are given Xboxes, PlayStations and Game Cubes where the games it can cost around fifty dollars per game. Back in my days, you can get a cartridge that held over a hundred games on a single cartridge. You can probably do that today but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a lot of work and not as cheap as back then. In order to get all the games into one, you would have to modify your system to allow it to play copied games. And if you burnt something while attempt do that, youÃ¯Â¿Â½re screwed.
And kids these days are spoiled. When I was little, every time we went shopping and we strolled pass the toys department, I kept my mouth shut. If I even think about opening my mouth to ask for a G.I. Joe action figure, I wouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t get it at all. Instead, IÃ¯Â¿Â½d get a slap upside the head. IÃ¯Â¿Â½d get that if IÃ¯Â¿Â½m lucky, otherwise IÃ¯Â¿Â½d get a kick in the ass. Also, while IÃ¯Â¿Â½m on the subject of shopping, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve always done this when I was little, I don’t know about everyone else but every time I went shopping at the grocery store with my mom, I would always push the cart and run into the back of my momÃ¯Â¿Â½s heel. I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know why that happened but I remember it happening every time I went shopping with her. Being the oldest, I was in charge of pushing the cart. One of my brothers would sit in the baby seat while the other would rode in on the side. It was fun for them because they didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have to do all the work. And if I ran into my momÃ¯Â¿Â½s heels, they wouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t get in trouble. I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know why I got in trouble for it, I could barely see where I was going. But I somehow always managed to run over my mom’s feet.
Back in the eighties, I remember buying a lot of candies. And I mean a lot! When I got money, I went to the variety store and I bought myself a hand full of stuff. I would walk into the story with one dollar and I would walk with pockets full of gum. Back then, I bought more gum for a dollar than I could have bought today. The stuff you can buy for a dollar at the dollar store was nothing compared to what I bought at the corner store. But back then, if something was a dollar, it was a dollar. None of this PST and GST stuff. If I had to pay fifteen percent tax back then, I would buy one gum at a time, just so I wouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have to pay another fifteen cents. Heck that fifteen percent would add up to three bubble gums, right there! I not going to let the government deny me my bubble gum rights! That’s outragious!
I don’t know what got me thinking about the value of a dollar. Maybe itÃ¯Â¿Â½s because IÃ¯Â¿Â½m dealing with money all day long. Most of the people I talk to are in some kind of financial dilemmas and theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re kind enough to share that detail with me. But these people donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have their financial priorities straight. They may seem like they do but I doubt it because if they knew how to handle their money, they would cancel their cell phone service rather than keeping it. At the moment, I still consider cell phones a luxury and not quite a necessity. Anyone who doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have a cell phone is doing just as well as those who have one. So, to anyone out there who does not own a cell phone, donÃ¯Â¿Â½t rush into buy one because you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t need it. These days, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s MSN. If that person is not on MSN, then they are not available to speak with you at the moment. Just send them an email and they will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do not get a reply from them then they probably didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t think it was important enough for a reply.