I hate wasting money with a passion! And although I live a frugal lifestyle and even blog about it, I sometimes (not very often) find myself either at the till or coming home with stuff I know I should not be buying. Learn from my mistakes and don’t let it happen to you.
Christmas Shopping for Onesies
I’m not one to leave things like this for last minute. In fact, I start my real planning for Christmas in July! Now and again I find myself rushing out last minute to pick up things just before Christmas and I hate it! I like to be at home laughing at others out there in the mad rush when they should have done their shopping earlier.
On this occasion though, I was laughing at myself. What was I even thinking? I decided last minute that I would get my nieces onesies as one of their Christmas gifts. Well, instead of driving around too much, I headed for a massive shopping mall that had lots of stores all decked out in inviting red, green, and other festive decorations. The problem was, after walking around a lot, seeing onesies and writing down the prices of the ones I liked and which stores had them, I got way too tired to even bother going back. So when I happened upon the next Marks and Spencers store, I spotted some cute onesies that were soft, fluffy and beautifully packaged. I bought them. Now I regret doing that because if I had shopped around (online) first, I would have got them for one-third of the price by just going directly to the store that had them. If I had shopped around on Amazon I would have found them much cheaper. In fact, if I had bought it online I would have earned some money back from Honey. Next time I’ll be more careful. Has tiredness ever caused you to just give up and take anything, not thinking seriously about the cost?
Angel Cologne (fake)
My favourite fragrance in the whole world is Angel. Do you know it? No matter how nice something else smells, I always find myself going back to Angel. Have a look at these two bottles and tell me what you notice.
Yes, one is much bigger than the other, correct. Well, read on and I’ll tell you my dilemma. I am used to the fact that this thing is quite expensive. I am used to paying £50 for the smaller bottle. Sometimes I even purchase the set which comes beautifully packaged in a purse, with a body lotion and body wash. At other times, when funds are low, I’ve just gone for a refill in the original bottle I have from the Perfume Shop. Imagine how lucky I thought I was recently when I found this big bottle of Angel, for only £20! I bought two.
A few days later when I opened one and gave it a sniff I noticed that it didn’t quite smell right! It had a faint smell of the original but that was it. I even noticed that when I went out, no one complimented me on my perfume! That was strange, as I had been with strangers on a course that day. Not only did I not get any compliments, but when I got home, I noticed that my clothes didn’t smell like Angel. That’s when I examined both bottles. The difference I noticed was that the writing on the smaller one said Eau De Parfum while the large bottle said Eau De Toilette!
A quick ‘Googling’ of that gave me my lesson for the year, as far as fragrances were concerned. Do you know the difference? Try googling ‘what’s the difference between Eau De Parfum and Eau De Toilette’ and see what you see. I’ve learnt my lesson and I hope you have too. Don’t buy Eau De Toilette if you can afford Eau De Parfum.
EE Max Plus Phone Plan
I am not going to bore you with the whole epistle that this turned out to be! So here is the shortened version: I went into the EE phone store to inform them that as my son’s phone contract had ended and he was now overseas, I didn’t want them to carry on charging me the monthly fee. The attendant chatted with me and enquired about whether my son had gone somewhere nice. When I mentioned Australia, I could see his ears perk right up! Anyway, he convinced me that EE sold phone contracts that would work in Australia. My son wanted a phone contract that would work in Australia, so, after ringing him and allowing the attendant to speak to him. I took out the contract. Well, two months later, he was still not able to use the phone except if he got to use wifi. And I was charged. Can you imagine the frustration with him not having use of the contract and telling me about it daily? I would try to get to EE on the phone but they did nothing! When I eventually went to the EE store they found out, much to my disgust, that it was their fault as they had not turned on the International service on the contract. I told them of my disgust, stopped my direct debit payments, and lodged a formal complaint. It really does pay to complain. I have since got an apology and my money back.
This one is a fifty-fifty. Let me explain. A month or so ago, I was in Florida and was about to visit friends in Connecticut. One of the friends I had not seen in about 11 or 12 years! So I planned a little surprise for our meetup: a trip to New York to be a part of the audience and see the talk show The View. I got tickets online and planned my outfit, with excitement. When I checked the weather forecast, however, it sounded like it was going to be chilly with a chance of showers. Oh no! I only had shoes suited for the Florida weather which was blazing hot. I made the hasty decision to get some boots to wear with my outfit. I already had about 3 pairs of black boots already so I decided to go with brown.
This purchase cost me $79 which I regret spending because
- they were not very comfortable and left a burnlike scar on my foot
- Walking around in New York in them after the show wasn’t fun so I ended up having to buy a comfy pair of slippers
- The weather folk got it wrong and it was a bright sunny day, which made me look odd wearing boots.
- They were quite heavy and added to my suitcase being overweight when it was time for me to return (more about that in another post)
Don’t ask me what the solution to this is. I suppose it is to wear whatever shoes I have and to stay out of the rain. They will come in handy here in cold, wet England with some thick socks to avoid that scar again.
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