Teaching Moment: Do 2 Cents Really Matter?

Recently, my 6-year-old son, Koleson, and I took a break from errands to fill the tank on my near-empty truck. Because I was paying in cash, and he had successfully negotiated for himself a small cherry Slurpee, we pulled up to the pump and ran inside to prepay.

I asked for $50 in fuel and paid for his treat. Then we returned to the pump, waited for it to turn on and began to fill the tank. I was quite surprised when the pump slowed but did not stop at $50. Instead, it crawled to $50.02 before powering completely off. I couldn't recall a pump ever going past the prepaid amount.

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