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Forgive me my frugal friends, for I have sinned. I have been careless with my hard-earned cash and have wallowed in my own laziness. I have forsaken everything that is important to me and have decided to come clean…right here and now. Regrettably, I think this will be one of many confessionals that I will write. I say this because it seems that I am slipping back into my old habits. Writing about my mistakes and failures is a way to keep myself accountable, and I know that I can count on my frugal friends to smack me back into reality. Recently, I have been somewhat careless with my money. And since I love money and hate wasting it, I want to get back on track as soon as possible.
Exhibit A: The Grocery Store
Yesterday, we went to the grocery store after work. We bought a few fresh vegetables for salads and a rotisserie chicken. We also picked up some sun screen for vacation. Afterall, it was on sale, and we always slather a ton of it on the kids. Anyway, as we finished up our shopping trip at the self-scan register, our sunscreen rang up at the wrong price. It was supposed to be $6.13 and it rang up for $6.52. (Gasp!)
What was a frugal gal like me to do? The old me would have had it corrected. The new and unimproved version of myself didn’t blink an eye. Part of me thinks that the few minutes that I would have spent having the price checked wouldn’t have been worth saving only 40 cents. However, we all know that these little discrepancies can add up quickly….and that 40 cents here and a few bucks there can add up over time, amounting to a decent amount of cash.
Exhibit B: The Restaurant
Last week, I was too lazy to make dinner. I did, however, have a $10 off coupon to my favorite sit down mexican restaurant. (I know, that sounds frugal right?) So, we decided to splurge. Truthfully, we hadn’t gone out to dinner all month so it wasn’t a big deal. We sat down and ordered and our food came out quickly. However, as they brought out my fajitas and Greg’s chimichanga, they let us know that they didn’t have any chicken fingers for the kids. This wasn’t the end of the world. On the other hand, anyone with little kids knows that eating in front of your hungry offspring can be a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, the kid’s food came out quickly and they began eating their cheese quesadillas and fruit cocktail. Everything would have been fine had a little bug not been swimming in their mixed fruit. I pointed it out to our waiter, but I didn’t want to make a big deal.
The weird part was that we were still charged for their meal…even though it wasn’t ready with the rest of our food and they got a cheese quesadilla instead of chicken fingers….and there was a bug that was clearly taking a bath in their side dish. Anyway, the better version of myself would have refused to pay for their meal. The lazy, complacent, new me paid for it and even tipped the waiter well. What in the world is happening to me?!?!?!
Getting My Money Habits Back On Track
These are just a few examples of how I am slipping into the abyss of money wasting and sloth. I refuse to compound these problems by not addressing them, and I plan on holding myself accountable from here on out. I’m definitely not perfect, and I may always be a work in progress. However, I know that I deserve better. The hours I spend working to make the money I have wasted are gone now, and I will never get them back. But I can choose to make different decisions in the future.