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I’m a frugal, competitive person. I want to win, always. I want to find the best deals, always. I want to be in the know of everything going on, always. BUT, here’s my secret…I’m a failure at most of these things. Sometimes, I fail at these things daily. And I’m okay with that. The odds are still in my favor of being successful more times than not, but I’ve realized that I enjoy the “hunt” of the deal more than actually acquiring the deal. Weird, right? I feel a rush at finding a product at 90% off, but then am hesitant at purchasing it. Seriously, I can’t get out of my own head sometimes.
However, there are times when I made the choice to buy something…and that something turned out to be a dud. a zonk. a big fat nada of a deal. A waste (gasp!) of our time and money. 100%. So, have no fear, we are all human in this savings game…and while we all have our great stories of frugal success, I’m here to share my failures.
Failure #1: Buying veggies and fruit in bulk.
STOP. Just STOP. Why do I do this? Every single time. I see a deal on apples, and I think “Oh, my family can eat 27 lbs. of apples of 3 days, no worries.” Then, suddenly, my children decide for that week, and for that week only, that they no longer like apples and those 27 lbs. of apples become my curse. I start thinking…what can I make with apples? Apple cinnamon muffins? Check. Apple butter? Sure, why not. So…that then leaves 25 lbs. of apples for me to consume. Game on. (Did I mention I’m competitive…!) But really, STOP buying fruits and veggies in bulk. I’ve wasted so much more money than saved on this.
Failure #2: Planting a Garden.
Now, this is MY failure only. Please understand that. I know that there are some people who can plant a garden and it can grow enough to feed a small army. Me? I plant, and plant….and plant, and NOTHING grows. As a matter of fact, and this is a true-to-honest story, I did NOT plant a garden this year and this year I have had my most successful garden EVER. Seriously. (Yes, insert laughter here because it’s quite comical.) We have like a million cherry tomatoes, and I DID NOT plant tomatoes. So, hat’s off to that…but in the 3 years past, we’ve wasted a ton of money planting seeds to grow food to save money (ironic, right?)…and it’s all gone to waste.
Failure #3: Driving 5 miles to save .05 cents.
Am I the only one guilty of this? I just can’t stop. I know the sale ads in all the stores…and I will drive to each and every one of them to save a few cents. Seriously, what the heck is wrong with me? Not only am I spending more money in gas…it’s a waste of my TIME! Stop it Thena, just stop it!
Failure #4: Over-purchasing Sale Items.
If it’s on sale, I need it! If it’s a good deal, I want it! I’m really bad about this at the grocery store….if a product that my family has NEVER tried is on clearance, and there is only 10 of them left, I’ll buy all 10. Why? BC it’s a good deal! BUT, what usually happens is that my family then doesn’t like it…so, I’m left with 9 1/2 boxes of “whatever” that we won’t eat and my suddenly great deal cost us a lot of money!
Failure #5: Buying a used car based on emotions.
Yep, been there, done that. We needed a second car…we found one we liked from a private party…We met the nicest elderly gentleman, we listened to his stories, he drew us in to his life, his struggles, yadda yadda yadda…the car was low mileage, and so well taken care of, so what did we do next logically? We bought the car. And guess what? It was a lemon. A sour, rotten lemon. (Maybe it was low mileage bc he couldn’t get it to run to move it either, who knows) That car, beautiful as it was, spent more time sitting than driving and cost us a lot in terms of money, stress and emotions. Curse our sensitivity and hearts for buying this car, as our emotions outweighed the sense of this purchase.
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Why am I sharing my frugal failures with you? Because we are human. We all make mistakes. We all learn from these mistakes, but I think it’s important to share those mistakes with each other to know we aren’t alone. My failures may not be your failures, but I hope that you can learn from mine, and laugh with me.
Do you have any frugal failures? Share the love! 🙂