Time to Rant.
I went out to dinner the other night with some friends, we ordered beer, and then a friend, ‘Danielle’, came in, sat down, and started perusing the drink list. “Ooo, a mojito, that sounds great! How much did you guys spend?” We told her $5.50, so she said great, and ordered the $7.75 drink.
A little confused, I asked why our price mattered, and she answered by saying that since we were spending so much for a beer (my apologies to those who live in NY), it justified her purchase.
That boggled my mine. She so obviously wanted the mojito and I just don’t get why the price mattered. She was obviously willing to pay $7.75 for a drink, so why not go for it?
Why did the price of other people’s drinks affect her purchase decision.
What made me go absolutely bonkers is that after talking about it for a few minutes, it became clear that had the beers been just a few dollars, she would have purchased nothing because it wouldn’t have been ‘that kind of night’.
If that’s the drink you want, just buy it! Don’t let other people influence your financial decisions. Do what’s best for you and what you can afford, because that will make you happier.
Danielle, which would make you happier, a $7.75 drink you want when your friends are drinking beer? Or no drink BECAUSE they’re drinking beer?
This type of behavior is very dangerous. If you follow your friends’ lead for small purchases, you run the risk of spending bigger bucks when you don’t always want to just because it’s the thing to do. Or it’s ‘that kind of night.’
Readers, are you as disappointed in Danielle as I am? Does this make you want to scream?