ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

indirect costs

Indirect costs are things you spend money on that don't give you anything directly in return. For example, instead of buying toys or food, you may buy things like insurance or supplies. You don't see the things you buy, but they help make sure that you have enough money for the things that you do need to buy. It's like buying a safety net to protect you from the bad things that can happen.
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