You don't have to be an economist to recognize that it makes no sense to ship deodorant from Chicago to Los Angeles. And who would mail ramen noodles? A postage stamp costs more than a single package.
But as Ben Bernanke would probably tell you, college care package economics do not align with textbook principles of supply and demand. Also, if we knew anything about textbook principles of economics, we would never have had children in the first place.
We had no idea of the price we would come to pay for encouraging their academic ambitions. We just thought those magnetic alphabet letters and numbers looked cute on the refrigerator door.
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