The Frugal Life Fails.
We know that Mrs January readers are a savvy bunch – quite possibly the best deal-finders in all of Canada. You can whip out those coupon binders faster than someone can say Scanning Code Of Practice. You have coupon policies memorized by store, possibly in several languages. You dream of savings and calculate subtle nuances of WUB2 in your thrifty sleep.
However, while we often celebrate frugal victories and bargain brags here, this is not that post. Oh no, my friends, this is confession time.
Roll up your sleeves and send in your frugal fails! And, to get the ball rolling, I will send you mine. It’s only fair. I hope writing about it will ease the sting. It happened not too long ago.
You may recognize me as the Frugal Family Fun writer — encouraging families to maximize their fun, while minimizing their spending. Recently, I had an awesome family night with my kids using balloons. I spent $1.25 on the balloon pack, and a few dollars on Tim Hortons Timbits to decorate. Everything else I had on hand.
Balloon competitions, science experiments, and edible balloon desserts — we had it all.
As a grand finale, I suggested borrowing the movie “Up” from the library, as it is the perfect family balloon film. I proudly found the last copy of “Up” in the Local Library System and had it sent to the library right by my house, saving both time and money.
I scooped up the baby and headed in to pick it up. I wrestled the baby into his car seat, buckled up (safety first!) and drove home, only to realize that I did not have the DVD. Suspecting the DVD was on top of the van when I pulled away, I flew back to the library.
The case awaited me just a few feet from where I had parked. But it was empty. A few more feet away I found the actual DVD. But it had been “puddled” and run over ever-so-slightly.
Blast. Not-so-frugal family fun night DVD charge = $30.
And my kids didn’t even get to see the movie. Lucky for me, they were more concerned about cheering me up, than missing the film: priceless.
As a writer, I hear that rejection letters are good — they show that I am actually producing material. Likewise, wear your Frugal Fail badge proudly, as it shows you regularly strive to pinch those pennies. With much success, comes the occasional [ahem] learning opportunity.
And tomorrow is a new day.
So if you see me paying my lost DVD charge at the library, give a wave, and pass me a tissue. Probably from a box you got free with coupons.
What “frugal fail” will you share? Big or little, we’d love to hear from you. Send your submission here.