You may assume that as The Non-Consumer Advocate, I casually saunter from frugal win to frugal win without the tiniest misstep. Wrong! I make errors. Here are five of them.
- I stopped at The Grocery Outlet on my way home from dropping my son at school this morning. I was feeling all frugal and accomplished, as I’d filled two big bags with quality food for a mere $39. I was mentally patting myself on the back when the clerk handed me my receipt, and pointed out that “There’s a $3 coupon at the bottom to use on your next shopping trip!” I had one of those coupons in my wallet but had forgotten to use it! I could have fished it out and asked her if it could be used retroactively, but I simply wasn’t up for being that customer. Crud.
- I had a required three hour class for work that I’d been dreading, and had scheduled to take at the beginning of May. I could have scheduled it any time over the past month, but had been extremely passive about just getting it over with. My plan had been to take it outside of a regular work shift, as at least I’d receive an extra three hours of RN pay. Instead, I was sent to go take it during a slow period at work on Friday which meant I received zero extra pay. Crap.
- I stopped at my mother’s house over the weekend to help move a heavy piece of furniture from one of her guest cottages. My mom had some tangerines to send home with me as a thank you, but I completely forgot to grab them. Oops.
- I still haven’t repaired or replaced my squirrel chomped clothesline, which means that I let a perfectly good Portland heat wave come and go without even a minute air drying my laundry. Very bad frugal Oregonian!
- I bought a Lear Jet.
Now your turn. What frugal things have you failed at recently?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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