Prevention is often times cheaper than the cure…
Everything in life comes with two different price tags.
The first is the price of “Prevention”. And the second (as you might’ve guessed) is the price for the “Cure” (which by the way is always many times greater than the price of prevention). That’s not mentioning the taxes and the stress you have to pay on top of it all.
A classic example is Credit Cards. The preventative price when dealing with credit cards is to pay the full balance (ideally automatically) at the end of each month. That way, it never becomes a debt. And it also helps boost your credit score (not so that you can get a bigger and badder credit card, but so that it becomes so much easier for you to get a mortgage, a business loan, a giraffe etc.).
The price of the cure (should it come to that) is to not only pay off the credit owed, but to pay every penny of interest accumulated over that time. And more often than not, that interest is far greater than the amount borrowed.
We come across numerous Preventative Price Tags, on various sections in the Department Store of Life. There’s a preventative price tag for relationships, another for health, another for expenses, another for Taxes, another for Education and so forth. And the label on each price tag says “Pay in full now or pay a whopping amount later”. However very few people do, despite all the warnings. In fact, given the choice, most folks would even postpone brushing their teeth, showering, breathing and even going to work.
But you can be the brave soul that breaks that mold right now and right here, so that your Kids and Pets won’t have to pay for your shortcomings for generations to come, by becoming one of the “few sane people” on the planet whose crazy enough to pay the full price every single time (unless it’s discounted or something). That strategy might not work with your spouse as he/she requires “ongoing maintenance” (especially around meal times). But it does for whole lot of other things.