Years ago, when I meekly asked my parents to raise my weekly allowance from $1.50 to $2, my father began an impassioned speech on how our household was "holding the line" on expenses, citing the encroaching Christmas season and a planned vacation that following summer to Cape Cod. At that point, I wasn't sophisticated enough to differentiate between revenue and overhead, but I was reasonably sure I wasn't going to get the pay hike.
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