16 Things That Costs Less Than the Government Shutdown

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  • Money Well Spent?
  • 6,315 Super Bowl Ads
  • 9,619,238 Kanye West Diamond Grills
  • The American Red Cross' Total Annual Operating Expenses for Seven Years
  • Free School Lunch for 8.3 Billion Children
  • 100 People for Five Years Aboard Diddy’s iPad Controlled Yacht
  • Free Breast Cancer Screenings for 141,176,470 Women and Men
  • Nearly 5,000 Engagement Rings Like Beyoncé’s
  • 11 More Days of Social Security
  • The GDP for Zimbabwe, Somalia and Fiji
  • 1,078,119 Children Could Go to College for Free in Their Home State
  • 9,600 People Could Have Woke Up in a New Bugatti
  • 87,944 New Homes for "Average" Americans
  • 90,000 Hermès Crocodile Birkin Bags
  • Pay the $20 Billion Tab for Hurricane Sandy Damage
  • Buy 7.1 Billion Gallons of Gas for Americans
  • 62,176,165 of the Entire 20-Piece Fall RiRi MAC Collection

Money Well Spent?

The government shutdown lasted 16 long days, barely ended before the government defaulted on its debt, and caused an international economic crisis. Economists at Standard & Poor's estimate the total cost of the shutdown to be about $24 billion. In this list, we go shopping with that $24 billion, cashing out on some practical — and extravagant — goods and services. Dominique Zonyéé 

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