My body clock is completely wacked out because I rose before the sun a couple days ago to work elections. So here I am, in the wee hours of the morning awake... again. To fill my time, I am going over my son's book list and printing a buying guide for him. This will help him to know where the best deals are for the books he needs. (some books of course... the ones well over $100 are college specific and need to be purchased at the school bookstore-or so they say. Others are available for less at Amazon for way less, and
one should probably be rented for $20.)
Anyway, as I am finishing up my virtual book discount window-shopping experience, I realize an infomercial for AAA is on the TV. I was remotely aware of it, listening to how all the people were saved by their AAA memberships and agents. Then they got personal. I looked up to see a family where one man was standing in a bright blue shirt, and a man and woman were sitting on stools, and there were a couple of kids on the side. I noticed that the seated man was talking about how his AAA agent was part of the family, and then the woman called him a saint, and a Godsend. I squinted at the TV. I realize that the man in the blue-shirt with his arm around both the man and the woman is the AAA Agent/infomercial actor. Oh-my-gosh! I said. They've gone to far. I think she shed a tear and laid her head on his shoulder. Gag-me-with-a-spoon! That was one heck of a sales pitch.
My anger over this sappy AAA infomercial turned back to the textbook lists. As a part of our homeschooling, I have made it a point to teach my kids about saving money and spotting commercials that oversell their products. My son is especially cynical about these things. So, I am praying that he speaks to the professors as I have suggested before he buys the "college specific" textbooks, especially when there are other options at Amazon.com. I hope that he has as much of a distaste of spending extra money as I have because I sure would hate for him to spend half of his graduation gift money on textbooks.
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