This is not a math question, not an inflation & economy question, it’s your opinion on how you evaluate your own spending.
In my case :
25 cents=gallon of drinking water
40 cents=postage stamp
=Double Cheeseburger @McD
=gallon of gas
=used DVD or hour wage
=any piece of clothing
This said, a dollar at the vending machine is TOO MUCH
A dollar for a pocket sized can of mints is TOO MUCH
Two dollars for an energy drink is TOO MUCH (try 99cent stores)
A book for -20 is TOO MUCH.
So I want to know your opinion as to what you consider the most bang for your buck on a regular basis. These questions may help you give your answer
* If you were to lose all your possessions and found a few bucks, what’s your priority to buy?
* How much do you make and what portion of it is spent on something other than food and shelter?
SO AGAIN, how much is a dollar worth to you? What’s the best you can get for the same dollar? What would you consider "too much" for something?