If you’ve ever been to Disney, this is a familiar site:
These Goofy Pucker Powder machines are everywhere you go. They dispense sugar in various colors and (theoretically) flavors into tubes of varying lengths. Kids can stack various colors in tubes to create designs. Think the colored sand sculptures that were popular in the 70s.
The privilege of creating such sweet art does not come cheap. You pay by the inch, with 4″ priced at around $5. The tubes are about 1 centimeter wide and come in a wide variety of lengths. This is expensive sugar.
For years it was the first stop our youngest son would make in the park. Since we severely limit sugar in our home, this was a serious treat and he was willing to spend his own money on it.
It was also the treat he’d choose in the middle of the week when the other kids got caramel apples with Mickey Ears, or giant warm, cinnamon rolls to be eaten while we enjoyed the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. Not surprisingly, it was the last souvenir he wanted to buy before going home. That last tube would last him awhile as he knew he couldn’t replenish it easily.
As we walked by one of the many Goofy Pucker Powder displays this trip he looked at it with disgust.
“I cannot believe how much money I’ve spent on that junk over the years. It’s sugar! Colored sugar! I can’t believe I fell for that. Think of the money I’d have if I hadn’t wasted it on sugar!”
Money Lessons from Pucker Powder
Think he learned a money lesson from this wasteful spending? This is the same kid who now refuses to pay $60 for shoes simply because they have a name on them and can buy an awesome jacket at a gas station. I can’t help but wonder if his ideas about wasteful spending didn’t start years ago with Goofy’s Pucker Powder.