Do you know what “dollars to donuts” means? I thought it meant “frittering” away your money on useless but yummy stuff — turning all your good money into donuts.
So then I started thinking, what if you came into a small amount of money, say 10% of your annual household income. How would you fritter it away? It could come from a minor lottery win, or a share of an inheritance, or a gift, or a work bonus, or the repayment of a loan that you had completely written off. Found money in other words.
What would you do with it? Let’s assume that you have no pressing debts to put it toward.
You could blow it all on one, big unforgettable trip somewhere. (Such as a never-ending trip to Mexico, for instance)
You could tuck it safely away in RRSPs or RESPs or add it to some savings account you’ve earmarked for something.
You could have fun here and there with it. Get some box seats at a hockey game. A weekend at a luxury hotel. Buy a piece of furniture you’d normally never be able to afford. Get a really expensive haircut. Get some Manolos. Any or all of the above.
Or you could just add it to your regular household bank account and have the luxury of not having to be obsessive about your budget for a while.
Or you could be very altruistic and give all or some of it away to a person or group who really needs it. (If all of you come back and tell me that’s exactly what you’d do with this found money I’ll never believe another word any of you say.
The expression “dollars to donuts”, by the way is just a way of expressing certainty in a bet. As in that you would put your valuable dollars against someone else’s lardy donuts. Which is really a stupid bet when you think about it because if you win all you get is some donuts, which you could have bought for yourself with your dollars.
On the other hand the expression, “liar, liar pants on fire” is thought to be a paraphrase of a William Blake poem The Liar. The last verse goes:
Your trousers are alight
From what pole or gallows
Do they dangle in the night?
Of course that doesn’t make any more sense than the paraphrased version.