How much will you pay for a toothbrush?

We paid $1.84 for a toothbrush last night, and then it hit me.   How crazy is this?  We pay $4 for a coffee at Starbucks (which rots our teeth) and it lasts 15min.  We pay $25 for a dinner at a restuarant. 

The toothbrush lasts for…what…3-4 months?  It saves you literally thousands in medical bills and we pay $1.84 for it.  My point is that you would probably pay $10 for a toothbrush if they asked that much.  $10 every 4 months to protect your dental history.  Brushing your teeth also gets a kiss from your spouse! 

But, we don’t see it that way.  We look at a piece of plastic with brissles and say, “What a rip off!  I can’t believe they are charging $1.84 for something that probably cost .12 to make!”

Moral of the story?  Be grateful that you have teeth, you live in a country where you can buy new toothbrushes and they don’t cost $10.  On the other hand, wake up to all the overpriced stuff you buy without a second glance.


ps.  shouldn’t they be called teethbrushes?


About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at

Posted on August 23, 2007, in Daily Word. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I love the picture of Kennady at the top of page. What a sweet smilling face.
    Love you Miss Kennady………..Miss Nell

    I have 4 toothbushes and always buy new ones every 3 to 4 months .

    P.S.Not only can you get a kiss for you clean mouth , it also smells good to the people you come in contect with. So I suggest we give out teeth bushes next christmas. I do:}

  2. In WV, the term “tooth brush” is very accurate……….many have just one tooth in their head!

  3. And once again, I say, how can people not check out this blog. From James Dean and his look alike to teethbrushes. 🙂
    I have to check it out, at least, daily if not several times a day.

  4. I read your posts and comments in Google Reader, but since several people mentioned Kennady’s picture, I had to click over and see. What a GREAT picture!!!! 🙂 It’s hard to know for sure from that picture, but it looks like she’s grown up quite a bit in the 3 1/2 years since I’ve seen y’all!

  5. I thank God that I was born in America, where personal hygiene items are inexpensive, and the frequent use thereof is considered normal. Starbucks coffee is outrageously expensive, yet it is another indicator of our American way of life that folks are lined up to buy it. In many other countries the people do not practice our hygiene (take a clothes pin for your nose if you go visit) and the people can not even buy food, much less gourmet coffee.

  6. I have to say, I love Starbucks! It’s gettin a pretty bad rap lately from you Pastor Robin :)! So, my coffee cup may give away an area that I splurge, but how about springing for things like cable or nice landscaping or cushy toilet paper…definitely not things we need but they sure can make us smile! Just something to think about next time you see me enjoying my coffee….. 🙂

  7. yeah, but cable tv doesn’t rot your teeth…

    …just your mind 😉 hehe

    (I’m teasing. And I must admit that I LOVE Starbucks!!)

  8. …since toothbrushes are expensive for some families, our school as well as others provide free toothbrushes to student twice a school year.
    Pastor, future personal hygiene children ministry or a drive

  9. Pastor Dan! How can you talk about good ol’ WV like that? Some of us have teeth. It’s just the hillbillies in the mountains that only have one tooth. I myself lived in a hollar and I still have mine. LOL

  10. Oh man, that is good Bro Steve. I have to admit to having cable TV, loving Starbucks, the cushy toilet paper and the whole nine yards. But I think the bottom line is: do I live within my means, give to God’s work, help others in need, avoid debt, and still save for a rainey day? The answer is I work very hard to accomplish this goal.

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