I always wonder if a 50c increase in prices would really affect purchase decisions, including frequency. I'm pretty frugal but I wouldn't opt for a less preferred option over 50c.
@j a y it's really just the flip side of percentages being ridiculous at small amounts. If I'm served a sit down meal that cost 7 bucks, I cannot leave 20 percent. It's minimum 3 bucks... 40 something percent.
@julebsorry I sort of agree with you. At a certain point, flat percentages become ridiculous. For instance, money managers will charge a lower percentage on larger accounts. The best way that this should be dealt with is to include the tip as mandatory and up front. Orders over 300 will include a10 percent gratuity. Then everyone knows it's part of the cost and can make their purchase decision accordingly. Restaurants do this... Parties of x will be charged a 18 percent gratuity.
True I think. Tim Horton's, and others, sell tons of iced cappuccinos too.
I browsed the source articles, but couldn't figure out if those figures included residence or just tuition. It looks like it's just tuition, which is frankly insane. I guess I was lucky to go to university when I could kind of make ends meet with a long commute and living with (off?) the parents.
Yeah, I think it's fine to do this in a non-aggressive, polite way... but I just can't bring myself to do it. That's why I prefer to Internet shop.
@Meaghano Heh that's honest. I mean, it's nice to get stuff, right? And it's even nice to be surprised. But it kinda sucks to get stuff you don't want - just because you know someone spent their hard earned money on it. So there are conflicting emotions. When I want/have to give a random gift (no registry) I use Sweethome or Wirecutter. I think it really increases the odds of success. Haha, I'll usually even print out the article and include it!
@tw0lle If a general donation pot were to be a 'thing', it would be cool if there was a service that was like: Not even the recipient knows who contributed what. So you can't feel obligated to donate more than you can afford (heck, you could just "sign the card"), nor are you expecting extra gratitude if you decide to contribute a lot. You're ONLY doing it because you want to.
I can actually feel my morals draining when I get hungry. I wouldn't ever consider stealing someone's lunch because ew. But that chicken scene in Precious... I totally feel like that could be me in similar circumstances. Luckily though, I work near some fast food restaurants so my morals haven't been tried.
@j a y Which isn't to say that the potential solutions (rent, retrain, commute, scrimp in other areas, find a closer job) aren't complex. I ended up trying to do most of the above, with mixed success. Just that NOT trying to find a solution when things aren't working is unsustainable. Mathematically.