A few days ago I saw a sign advertising a 49-cent breakfast biscuit special at a local fast food slop hole, a deal which for a lot of us is too good to pass up. At face value, it seemed like a pretty good deal. That is until you start adding up what it really was going to cost you.

The biscuit was made from a substance similar to concrete, which absorbs ten times its weight in liquid, containing ten times the recommended daily intake for salt. These substances were chosen for two reasons. One, the most common element in anything dealing with selling anything to a human being, is that they are cheap. The other, is that they make you thirsty. The result: You eat this monstrosity, become dehydrated, and order a three dollar bucket-sized drink to wash it down.

But wait, the fleecing isn't over. While standing in line to buy the bucket of whatever it is that you are going to drink, you also buy a pack of gum, which you hope will kill the taste of whatever the meat-like substance was that they used to make your biscuit special.

So now that 49-cent biscuit has just cost you $6.50.

What you always have to keep in the back of your mind is that for every action, there is a reaction. And corporate America has researched this concept right down to the air we breathe and how much they can charge for it. That means we have to find a way to defeat this system of corporate-induced purchasing, and stop spending!

We as a society have one very big problem that stands in the way of this stop spending concept, and that is, we do not like being told what to do. It's almost as if we would rather be ripped off just so we can complain about it later.

Before we reach the age of 10, we've already been conditioned for a life of corporate manipulation. To reinforce this concept, all one has to do is take a look at the number of rich people in this country. The rich are the ones doing the selling, while the rest of us work 9 to 5 and do the bulk of the buying. Most of the rich folk don't even buy the stuff their own companies sell and ram down our throats because it would shorten their life spans.

In short, I have to tell you something, and you're not going to like it. So guess what, I won't tell you. Figure it out for yourself and stop doing it.