Blasphemy, I know…but it is true. I am not talking about some calculation that I do in me head that says doing X isn’t worth the time for the money, but about blatant laziness or avoidance. Sometimes when certain moods strike I am just unwilling to put in a little extra effort to save another dollar or two.
Three incidents stand out in my mind from the last week or two :
- I can remember about a week ago realizing that I had not been charged the sale price on ice cream. I was already in the car with the groceries and my son and I didn’t feel like going back in for the $1.50.
- I was at a flea market with my brother-in-law, who currently makes his living off eBay, and I just did not feel like haggling. I was just buying a small toy for The Pebble and I knew I could get it probably %50 or more cheaper than I did. I just paid full price.
- Price Protectr had emailed that the price on a recently purchased book had dropped about a dollar, but I avoided sending a quick email multiple times until I finally let it go.
I know the money involved in these three examples is minor, but the same thing occasionally happens with larger money returns and other random finance activities. The bigger the purchase, like a car, the more detrimental the behavior. I am usually not hard on myself, because I know that my energy for such activities was invested into other areas of life that are more important. With that said I do see an oppurtunity for growth. The oppurtunity to just summon a little extra strength when I see a similar lackadaisical situation developing. Even reaching deep within myself to overcome my shyness and make the extra call or haggle that I sometimes avoid because of my personality foible. Now that I have made a public declaration my weakness, I will be more strengthened to tackle the problem in upcoming siutations.
Does anyone else every feel the same way? Got any examples?