So what got me thinking about persistence and frugality was a tube of moisturizer. I use a moisturizer recommended by my dermatologist called DML Forte. (Yes, that’s really what it’s called.) At $12.99 for four ounces at the medical building pharmacy, it’s more expensive than most over the counter moisturizers, but it’s worth every penny because it’s the only thing that keeps my rosacea in check.
It comes in a rather hard, not very pliable tube, which makes it extremely difficult to push the dregs out (the way you can with toothpaste, for example). Last night, I was hitting the open tube into my palm to use gravity to force the last of the moisturizer out. After a couple of small dollops flew out, I was ready to give up, throw the tube out, and open up a new one. But then I thought about the cost per ounce and kept pounding.
But I wondered:
How hard do most people work to get the last of something out of a container?
How many people actually think about the pennies they’re saving as they scrape the bottom of a jar or squish a tube?
And is the manufacturer counting on people not being able to get the last half-ounce of moisturizer out, thereby maximizing their profits?
I have to admit that I’ll work hard to get the very last of something that’s not perishable, but when it comes to food, I rarely scrape a jar until it’s totally empty – I can’t help but feel that the residue just isn’t fresh!
What about you?