Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Hidden Costs After Purchase

A lesson so important it should be taught in school: the costs don’t end after the purchase. The owner of a car has to pay for fuel, road tax, tire replacement, oil changes, washer fluid, engine repairs, and more.

But hidden costs go far beyond maintenance fees.

The cost that almost everyone overlooks is the price of usage.

Take books. It may only cost you 15 bucks to buy one. But if you want to get what you paid for, the wisdom of the book’s contents, you have to spend an additional six hours reading the darn thing. 

The price of usage applies to almost all purchases.

A bike has to be pedaled before it can bring you to your destination. A pen has to be moved up and down your notebook before it can record your thoughts. And an onion has to be peeled, chopped, sautéed and swallowed before it can give you its nutrients. 

But hardly anyone ever considers these costs. Not for long at least.

After all, how many gym members actually regularly show up? How many guitar owners can actually play a tune? And how many people have read the books that stand on their bookshelves?

I’d wager not many.

And it’s not that we don’t want to reap the benefits of the things we buy. It’s just that we don’t get a good idea of the usage fees until after we fork over the money fees.

And there’s the rub. You can’t reap the benefits of your stuff until you pay for all the costs, money and time.

So unless you have the time, don’t spend the money!

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach