Can I afford it? (#itmakessense…)
While waiting on line to pay, a sign taped to a cardboard box caught my attention. In a large attention-grabbing font and with explosive graphics (and Easter eggs), it read: “REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER EGG — 50% OFF”.
[Related: See Thursday’s post on Moment’s of Wonderful]
50% off. Off of what? I wondered. What was the original price? It was nowhere to be found.
I picked up a package from the box and instinctively scanned the back. No price sticker, but there was this:
Total carbohydrate : 18.0 grams. Servings per container: 1.
(Tip: always check the “servings per container”, carbs like to hide behind that number).
The numbers floated around in the cloud in my mind:
… fifty percent off … eighteen carbs … one package …
It was tempting. I checked my CGM display, which bragged a comfortable 101 mg/dL and showed an ever-so-slight descent.
… 50 percent … 18 carbs … half-off … 101 mg/dL … one-half … eighteen … half of 18 is 9 …
Considering the numbers, I asked myself Can I Afford (to eat) It?, and decided that yes, I can indulge this time. So I pulled an extra dollar out of my wallet (for whatever the price might be), pulled my pump out of its holster, and began to bolus for the nine carbs.
Just before pressing ACT for the final insulin delivery confirmation, I had a feeling something was wrong, and I did a double-take.
Total carbohydrate : 18 grams. Sugars: 16.
Not worth it. I put the treat back in the box and the extra dollar back in my wallet. Wearing a fake smile that denied that denied something so ridiculous ever crossed my mind, I made my way to the front of the line and paid for my coffee.
It was absolutely delicious. And just what I expected when I went in there.
That’s a true story. File it under #itmakessenseifyouhavediabetes