I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. The Diet Pepsi I get from the fountain at the corner gas station is about my only remaining vice. I even cut back on that. I wash out the plastic cups because I can refill them for half price. With the economy in the shape it’s in, we’ve been watching our pennies. We’ve cut out some things here and there, but – at 59 cents each – I was able to keep refilling my Diet Pepsi.
A few weeks back there was a notice taped to the check-out counter. The price of refills was going up from 59 cents to 79 cents. That didn’t sound like much on a Pepsi by Pepsi basis, but it was an increase of almost 34 percent. We’re talking health insurance premium style increases. I shopped around; stopping at other gas stations on other corners. I might have saved the gas. They all ran about 79 cents for a refill.
While my corner station offers cups maxing out at 44 ounces, the tollway oasis cups hold 64 ounces. I picked up one on my way home from Chicago one evening and washed it out. I refilled it with Diet Pepsi at my corner station. I noticed it took significantly longer to fill it up completely. I non-chalantly brought it up front and paid my 79 cents. So, while the cost has gone up 34 percent, I’m getting 45 percent more Diet Pepsi each time. I have to admit, finding a loophole in the fine print that breaks my way for once feels pretty good.
It would probably feel better if I wasn’t so jittery all the time and could sleep at night.