Category Archives: Spending

Sometimes, a lottery ticket is well worth the money

Lottery Tickets

A lottery is a tax on the stupid If I had a dollar each time that phrase was mentioned, I think I would be rich enough to not need a lottery win ever! Anyways, it is absolutely true that, mathematically speaking, buying the lottery is mostly negative EV (Expected Value). The EV ranges from 0.3 (30 cents …

Economics of the movie In Time

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If you haven’t seen the movie In Time (2011) before, I would highly recommend it. What I really loved is their literal interpretation of how time is money and is a form of currency in this alternate world. So, to quickly summarize the movie, everything is paid by and for in time. You work to …

MIA Duty Free Shopping 2014

Duty Free Americas Shopping

On the way back from vacation, I stopped by MIA (Miami International Airport) and snapped some pictures of their duty free prices. Biggest Savings Percentage 3. Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey – 46.73% Duty Free Price: $29 USD LCBO 1L Equivalent Price: $62.60 CAD Savings Percent (CAD): 46.73% 2. Johnnie Walker Red Label – 48.16% Duty Free Price: $18 USD LCBO 1L Equivalent Price: …


DCA Duty Free Shopping 2014

Duty Free Americas Shopping

I stopped by the Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA) at Washington DC during the summer of 2014 and had some time to snap a couple of pictures of Duty Free Americas alcohol prices. I also have a chart of prices and savings compared against LCBO in Canada. Biggest Savings Percentage 2. Smirnoff Vodka – 55.13% Duty Free Price: $13.50 …

KFC’s Highest Protein Per Dollar Item

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Next up on my list is a Protein Per Dollar for all of Colonel Sander’s menu food items. KFC is slightly more complicated simply because there are 4 types of chicken that you can get: Keel, Rib, Drumstick, Wing, or Thigh. Thus, there is an element of “randomness” because you could luck out and have …

Best Use of Marriott Points (Category 1 Hotels)

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What is the best bang for your buck of 7500 Marriott points? I have listed a few of most expensively priced hotels that your points can buy! Do note that many other hotels that I haven’t listed do rival in prices! 3. TownePlace Suites Houston Northwest ($200 USD/night) Rate of Return on Points: 2.6% Average High: $199/night Average Low: …

Walmart’s Cheapest Protein Per Dollar Grocery Products

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If you are looking to stock up on high protein foods on a budget, you’ve entered the right place! I’ve compiled a comprehensive list which evaluates large number of high protein foods at various grocery stores. Our first up is Walmart. 11. Great Value Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast – 18.6 grams per dollar Chicken is obviously a great …

Shopper’s Drug Mart Surprise Bonus Points Event

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Description: On Saturday July 26 to Monday July 28, Shopper’s Drug Mart is offering a new surprise points event. Spend $75 and get either 18,500, 38,000, or 50,000 points! The odds of getting the points are as follow: 176,000:185000 for 18,500 pts (95.1%) 6,300:185000 for 38,000 pts (3.4%) 2,700:185000 for 50,000 pts (1.46%) Analysis: The expected value (EV) for this event is: (176000/185000 …

Burger King’s Protein Per Dollar With 2014 Coupons

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Burger King just released their online printable coupons. How do their value stack up? Let’s see! Coupons: Summary: 1. Sandwich deals are great value With coupons, the BOGO and Half Off sandwich deals obviously become very good value. Sandwiches are all above 10 grams of protein per dollar. The calories per dollar range from 268 to 350! 2. BOGO The …

Burger King’s Highest Protein Per Dollar Item

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Burger King has recently introduced several King Value priced items on their menu. How does it stack up against other fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s? Let’s have a look. 5. Triple Whopper Sandwich (9.46 g/$) Price: $7.19 Total Protein: 68 grams Taking 5th spot is the $7.19 Triple Whopper Sandwich. It contains 1150 calories, 76 grams of fat, …