Recently, I went with my family to the aquarium. I did the best I could to save money on the excursion.
Since tickets to the aquarium cost nearly $30, I got the discount passes from the library for ONLY $10 each. So I congratulated myself on spending only $40 instead of $120 on the tickets. But then the parking cost $40. And even though I made sandwiches for myself and one of my daughters, lunch in the cafeteria for my husband and other daughter (a cafeteria-grade burger and pizza) cost $25. So in spite of some efforts, we still spent over a hundred dollars on the trip.
We don't really need to save money--it's just instinctual for me after growing up with a single mom. But the thing is, we have more money than most people. Yet I could see that most people were paying full price for the tickets. And the cafeteria was so packed with people buying food, you couldn't even get a table. And the parking garage was nearly completely full of people willing to pay $40 for parking.
Granted some of these people could have been tourists taking a yearly trip. But it's hard to believe that the aquarium was packed to the brim (there was a line to enter after the line for buying the tickets) with people who were so excited to go to a not that great aquarium in the dead of winter. It seriously wasn't that special. It's just fish. We all agreed after two hours that we were totally bored.
Why are there so many people willing to spend close to $200 for a day at the aquarium? Who are these people?