My next thought was "Is this worth it?" And by "worth it", I meant a few different things. One, is it worth it financially? Two, does it taste like the soda I love? Three, is it worth the health benefits? Four, is it worth it environmentally? Five, is it more convenient?
For the sake of keeping this post until 1,000,000 words, I will focus on the financial aspect of this.
While I'm wondering if this is worth it, I decide that my students could benefit from my inner dialog.
How many sodas do I need to consume for The Soda Stream to be "worth it" financially?
Act 1: As I greet each student into my classroom, I am holding my favorite can of soda (Diet Coke) in my hand and take a sip every now and then. I never do this, so the students know something is up. I begin class by confessing my love of soda, and a few students chime in. They are more than happy to share their opinions with me.
Next, I hold up the ad from Wal-Mart. Students again are alive an animated. A few students' eyes light up and state they have have the machine and like it. I don't have this machine so I let them speak. I ask for their advice, should I buy this machine? Then, they turn the table on me? They want to know some things about my soda-drinking habits.
How much soda do you drink?
How much do you pay for soda?
Where do you buy your soda?
It's like they're reading my mind.....
Act 2: I hand out this paper to all of my students.
Little Joey: "Did you really walking around Wal-Mart taking pictures?"
Me: "Of course!"
Little Joey: "Well, you probably weren't the strangest person there."
I ask students what they think. As a class we decide that if I can get my money's worth in a few months, then I should buy The Soda Stream. If it takes, say 7 years to get my money's worth, then I should forget about it.
I give the students all the time they need to figure this out. I let them make guesses, and educated guesses. They write their answers on the board.
Act 3: Here is a link to my PowerPoint.
After we finished all three acts, I showed the students this commercial and we discussed what else should be taken into consideration when buying The Soda Stream besides financial as mentioned above.
My decision: I will not be purchasing the soda stream.
Reason Number 1: I have a very tiny kitchen and if I bring one more appliance into it, it just might explode.
Reason Number 2: Convenience is a huge deal to me. I don't feel that opening a can is that burdensome. I don't go to the grocery store specifically for soda, therefore I'm not making a special trip just to purchase it. It's not that heavy to carry in (especially for me, since my husband is such a gentleman to carry it in for me). However, making the soda in The Soda Stream might be a burden to me (lazy, I know).