Author Topic: Don't make the same mistake twice: What could you have done more frugally today?  (Read 4381 times)

jengod

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I hope this thread question is taking in the spirit in which it is intended: as a way to refine and improve our practices as good financial stewards and intentional users of the earth's resources, rather than as a means to beat ourselves up or pile on.

Anyway, here are my two regrets for the day:

* I could have easily brought my own coffee and toddler snacks to an indoor playground, but ended up paying for a banana, orange crackers and superfancy organic hippie socks instead. Probably blew $10 all told.
* I spent $3.97 more than necessary buying oregano seedlings. I knew I could get them $1.33 cheaper at a nearby nursery but I bought them at the grocery store.
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I like this idea!

So far today I haven't done anything non-frugal except drive my car to work instead of take my bike... but that's not an option right now cause I'm recovering from a knee surgery and can't ride my bike!

Yesterday though... oh man. Impulse buy. I found two vinyls that I've wanted for awhile now on Discogs and, without even really thinking about it, I bought them for about $20 apiece. If you're curious, they were The North Borders by Bonobo and Untrue by Burial.

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Forgot to check for a coupon before paying for a typhoid vaccine that is not covered by my insurance.  I don't routinely use coupons for groceries, but recently discovered they can be significant for prescriptions.

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I like this idea!

So far today I haven't done anything non-frugal except drive my car to work instead of take my bike... but that's not an option right now cause I'm recovering from a knee surgery and can't ride my bike!

Yesterday though... oh man. Impulse buy. I found two vinyls that I've wanted for awhile now on Discogs and, without even really thinking about it, I bought them for about $20 apiece. If you're curious, they were The North Borders by Bonobo and Untrue by Burial.

Hope the knee gets better!


Nannooskeeska

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I like this idea!

So far today I haven't done anything non-frugal except drive my car to work instead of take my bike... but that's not an option right now cause I'm recovering from a knee surgery and can't ride my bike!

Yesterday though... oh man. Impulse buy. I found two vinyls that I've wanted for awhile now on Discogs and, without even really thinking about it, I bought them for about $20 apiece. If you're curious, they were The North Borders by Bonobo and Untrue by Burial.

Hope the knee gets better!
Thank you!

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I booked an AirBnB the other day. I didn't realize I could have gotten $25 off if I signed up through a referral link until it was too late.

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I could have left the railing up on my daughters bunk bed. Then she wouldn't have rolled off the top bunk onto the wood floor, resulting in a doctor visit and arm X-ray.  She's perfectly fine, albeit shook up, but we have a high deductible health plan so the costs ($1000) will all be out of pocket as our HSA is out of funds. Sigh.

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I had a special schedule at work today that let me come in about 3 hours later than normal.  I was excited to sleep in and rest up.

I ended up spending one of those precious morning hours perusing a 'sale' online at one of my favorite pre-MMM stores.

I did not buy anything (things were really expensive even with the 'sale' and I did not need anything), but I still wasted an hour that I could have spent more productively or enjoyably.

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I could have left the railing up on my daughters bunk bed. Then she wouldn't have rolled off the top bunk onto the wood floor, resulting in a doctor visit and arm X-ray.  She's perfectly fine, albeit shook up, but we have a high deductible health plan so the costs ($1000) will all be out of pocket as our HSA is out of funds. Sigh.

Yikes, I'm sorry -- glad she is OK.

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I really like the idea of this topic!

Today I've been pretty frugal, but over the weekend we booked flights to visit some of my in-laws and it ended up being $680! My frugal wish is that I should have put my foot down and said we could not go on this visit until we were in a better money situation. We had already spent another $700 visiting with this particular family member back in November which means that just planning to be with them has wiped out our travel budget for the year. grump grump grump

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Forgive me father MMM, for I have sinned.  Today I drove to a meeting in downtown Denver and paid 14.00 to park for an hour and a half.  I could have walked from my free parking at my office... It is only a mile and a half and, 1. Saved the money, 2. Been far less stressed out when I arrived at the meeting, 3. Improved my physical and mental health, and 4. Saved the gas (although the mighty Prius probably only used a teaspoon).

I am sure I will be back to confess more frugal sins.  I hope it's not daily.

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I walked to the grocery store during lunch (yay!) to look for a couple of cards to throw money into for upcoming wedding gifts. Unfortunately, the cards were cheaply made and stupid expensive, so I decided against them (yay!). But then, to not waste the trip, I bought myself a $3.59 bar of fancy chocolate (boo!). I did it totally without thinking, and then I got back to work, saw this forum up in my browser, and was disappointed in myself. Better luck tomorrow.

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Today I drove instead of rode my bike because I wasn't sure if the mail would fit in my basket.... It could have.

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Nothing yesterday, but the day before I went out to lunch with a colleague. I'm just developing a new working relationship across campus, she asked, and I didn't want to be rude.


Fortunately, the air conditioning was broken at the steak place where she wanted to go and I talked her into a much cheaper deli instead, so there's that.