Last year I shared a whole bunch of things that pretty much discredits this entire blog here, but unfortunately I’m back to say the list continues to grow ;) No matter how hard you try, or how good you are at managing that money, you’re just bound to make some mistakes every now and then!
And this weekend I’m afraid I committed two. The second being more embarrassing than the first (especially for being a personal finance blogger! *shakes head*)
MISTAKE #1: I went to a restaurant BECAUSE I had a 25% off coupon, and then I forgot to use it! Which was the whole reason we even WENT to that Ruby Tuesdays to begin with! Arghhh… I had that damn piece of paper in my pockets the entire time and it would have saved us (my boy and I) $10 whole dollars when all was said and done. I didn’t notice it until I emptied my pockets before bed and saw that stupid thing taunting me, haha… ten whole dollars right down the drain.
MISTAKE #2: I paid for an entire plate of food I didn’t eat :( The night before I did mistake #1 up there. And in fact, not only did I NOT eat it, I spit it out because it was the raunchiest thing I have ever seen before! How stupid is that? From me? A budget man? And the worst is that I *knew* I should have spoken up more when it was happening in front of me, but I was too tired/cranky/enter another excuse here ____ to actually do something about it.
So I sucked it up like a wuss and just paid the bill. And then I tipped her. Like a bigger idiot. (WTF is wrong with me? haha…) I’ll spare you the details of the food, but let’s just say never EVER go and eat a chicken caesar salad at iHop. Period. Just typing this out makes me vomit a little in my mouth.
And to be honest with you, I feel like the waitress should take a part of the blame here too. No I didn’t tell her to strike the meal from the bill, BUT at least I did say it was making my stomach hurt, and that I wanted a new meal instead. Which she promptly gave me, and which I scarfed down as if it was my last one on Earth (strawberry & banana pancakes, the best!!). Any good waitress should have picked up on the clues and taken it off the tab, yes? If your customer just sat there and told you he couldn’t eat it? I think my biggest mistake was saying I’d pay for it if I had too cuz I just can’t put that junk in my mouth. I just didn’t think she’d do it! (To clear up the confusion – I paid for TWO meals: The nasty ass $10 salad, AND the completely opposite wonderful pancakes for $4)
So yeah, two more reasons not to listen to me on this blog sometimes ;) I talk a mean talk, but every now and then I just cave in and stick my tail between my legs. I don’t know how I can get so hardcore about saving, and then just throw it away all willy nilly like that, but either way I hope it makes you feel better about yourselves today, haha… just goes to show we all make mistakes!
PS: Have you ever just “taken it” like that before, and not spoke up? Or do you have the common sense to always ask for what’s right?
PPS: We were on a road trip all weekend, in case you’re wondering why the heck I eat out all the time, haha… believe me, I got tired of it real fast ;)
(Photo by dave_stone)
PS: Some of my favorite tools:
|Personal Capital (FREE) -- If you’re looking for a robust financial tracker, Personal Capital is the way to go! They’re like Mint, but on steroids and have much better tools for investment and net worth tracking. // Full review|
|Digit (FREE) -- A super easy (and automated) way to save. Every day Digit analyzes your income and expenses and will push money aside for you any time it sees extra sitting there. I've saved over $4,000 myself using them so far! // Full review|
|Acorns -- Having trouble finding money to invest? Check out Acorns – they round up all your transactions to the nearest $1.00 and drops the difference into an investment portfolio for you. Easy way to start investing! // Full review|