Frugal Friday: Should the Government Get Its Hands Off My Big Gulp?
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been another crazy week, but thankfully everyone is all back to health here in the Frugal Rules home. Mrs. Frugal Rules caught my nasty cold last week and was down for the count most of the week and is thankfully back on the mend. I realize that my post today may be opening a can of worms, but hey, I like to get us thinking every once in a while. Last week I wrote about the craziness behind the Cronut and we also learned this week about the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe (I know, I think I need a triple bypass after just typing that) and today I’ll be writing about the soda ban in New York City. As an aside, is it only us crazy Americans that have a trademark on terribly unhealthy dietary habits? Anyway, I was reading this week about how the Bloomberg administration will be seeking to reinstate the ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces to be sold in places like restaurants and movie theaters as a way to help address the public health epidemic of obesity. The ban was nearly instituted last year by Mayor Bloomberg but was nixed at the last minute through a court decision. It was interesting to see that this ban would not impact businesses free from health inspection like convenience stores. I do not live in NYC, but I do know that this issue was one that created quite the uproar in the news and is an issue that nearly everyone has an opinion on.
For that can of worms, here it goes…While I understand and applaud the intent of the ban, I have serious misgivings about it. My first problem with the ban on large sodas is does the government really have the right to tell us what we can or can’t consume? Not that I am one to go buy a 64 ounce Big Gulp to have with my dinner, but what right does the government have to tell me that I can’t have it if I want it? I don’t want to live in a country that tells me what I can or can’t consume. That aside, my biggest concern is the precedent allowing a ban like this would have. I know that I do not live in NYC and it would not impact me now, but how soon would it be until something like this is passed in other cities or even goes to a national scale? Allowing a ban like this would only create a slippery slope, in my opinion, and could open up other consumer goods to be banned which makes me very uncomfortable.
Now that half of you are ready to throw some virtual stones at me, let me take a step back. I fully recognize that we have a significant health issue in the States. The numbers in regards to obesity and other diseases are staggering and I completely understand that. I also understand that this is putting yet another stressor on our completely messed up health care system. There is no doubt that there are changes which need to be made in both areas in order to improve the situation for our country. This is also not to mention the financial impact of choosing to regularly consume such a large amount of soda. The short term aspect is an obvious one, soda can be expensive and when you drink a lot of it that means that you’re spending money needlessly on something that brings little to no nutritional value and can be directed to other areas of your grocery spending. The long term aspect is virtually as obvious from a financial standpoint, the more sugary soda you drink, over time, the worse your health may become and thus cost you more as you get older to provide for your health care needs. All that said, I do not want the government dictating what I can or cannot consume as I believe once you give an inch then the government will take a mile.
Now that I have opened the can of words, I want to know your thoughts and please keep them respectful. I am totally fine with disagreement, just keep it clean. I especially want to know your thoughts on this matter if you live in NYC and see it much more closer than we do just seeing it on the news.
It has been another great week in the blogosphere. I came across some well put together blog posts this week. I do want to thank everyone for answering my call for guest posts last week! I have a couple of other openings for another week I’ll be gone in July, so if you would like to guest post on Frugal Rules, simply contact me and I’ll get you added.
Blog Post of the Week
How I Paid Off Over $50,000 Of Credit Card Debt on Debt RoundUp
My favorite post this week, by far, was that of my blogging buddy Grayson. There were many reasons why I enjoyed it, probably because I can relate to it so much due to my own bout with credit card debt. Grayson touched on the salient point that all too many miss by saying that it comes down to figuring out the difference between wants and needs. I know it was something that I struggled with in my crazy credit card spending days and once I realized that and put a plan in place I was able to put my head down and tackle the debt. I also loved this post because Grayson laid out how he paid off his debt in very important, yet simple steps that build on the previous one. If you’re currently in debt, I encourage you to read Grayson’s article to get proof that paying off a mountain of debt IS possible.
Other Blog Posts That Ruled
Our 3 Best Money Choices – #2 on Money Counselor
The Rule of 72 and Compound Interest on Common Cents Wealth
Reader Writes: Short Term Savings on Money Smart Guides
Should You Take on Debt to Get a Tax Break? on Celebrating Financial Freedom
How to Overcome Laziness and Save Money in 5 Easy Steps on Canadian Budget Binder
Is The Stock Market Rigged? on Out of Your Rut
Odd Search Terms
What to buy my Dad if he likes beer…Let me think about this – BEER!
Can you use napkins to wipe your butt…I would be concerned about chafing issues.
He drove her to literally pull her hair out…He sounds like a winner!
How to become high…I could tell you, but this is a family blog!
Wife spent $300 on shoes…thankfully something Mrs. Frugal Rules does not do!
Can you work while taking 12 years of college…It sounds to me like your focus should be on college & not working!
Why do I scratch my head when I think…You have to power up your brain somehow!
Blindfolded and bound…I don’t even want to know!
What are your thoughts? Yay or Nay on the government hand on your soda? Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend?
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