I am sure we all have our priority list. Mine continues to grow longer and longer every day. Ever since moving into our new house, I just keep finding things to do, yet don’t feel like I get anything done on the list. It is the perfect storm for sure. I wanted to share a story about how my priority list caused me to miss out on some really good savings. I can laugh now, but I didn’t really laugh much when I found out how much I could have saved. Let me guide you down the path toward the story of my stupid mistake! Grab some popcorn friends.
If you like moving, then please raise your hand. Since I doubt many hands will be shooting into the air, I figure most of you don’t like moving. I hate it. I had a disdain for it in college and that morphed into a hatred after our last move. I just don’t care for it, yet I am frugal when it comes to hiring movers. We packed up our stuff, then I paid some friends in beer and pizza to help me pack up the truck and unpack it as well. It was money well spent, but I still hate moving. There is nothing fun about it.
The worst part of moving is the chaos which comes from it. I don’t do well in chaos. I have a schedule which I follow pretty closely. I know where my stuff is and when things get out of whack, so do my nerves. Needless to say, the past few months have been a shot to my system. I have been out of whack since June, but am finally getting back on track. To be blunt, moving sucks!
Fixing Up a House is Expensive
We purchased a home which was built in 1987. It is not old, but it is not new. While we didn’t see anything major which needed repairs, I did start to find places and things the previous owners did not complete well. This has caused me to take more trips than I care to count to the local home improvement store. Well, not just one, but two. If you have ever needed to fix up a home, then you know how many trips you can take.
I am pretty sure I was getting VIP status at Lowe’s by the time I was done buying crap. I also believe we helped increase the stock price for Lowe’s and Home Depot. You are welcome! I was just waiting to walk into Lowe’s one day and see someone with a white glove and a coffee for me. Seriously, I was there multiple times a day. I spent way too much money there. It was budget busting, it was budget blowing up. I have recovered since, but damn.
Pay Attention to the Moving Packets
When you move and change your address with the postal service, you will probably get a packet in the mail. This packet will confirm your move and the address change. I was sent two, one for myself and my wife and another for my business. The packets were large, but I wasn’t really paying much attention to them. Low and behold, USPS was shoving tons of coupons into these packets. On top of that, we received two more packets from the previous owners change. There were more coupons in there. So, in the end, we had four packets of coupons.
Unfortunately, since cleaning up the mail wasn’t on my priority list, I left them to pile up on the table. Day after day, more mail got piled up. I was so focused on other projects that I never thought about the coupons inside the moving packets. That was a huge mistake.
After spending nearly $7,000 in a few months, I got to the mail. Yes, you are probably wondering where the money went, but we had a lot more to do than originally thought. That is the joy of home ownership. If you are debating between renting and buying, just remember the pad your budget if you buy. There will be renovations, changes, and fixes you will want to make.
In those massive moving packets, I found four Lowe’s coupons. Each coupon was for 15% off an entire purchase. Crap! The worst part is they expired the next day. I was already done with shopping, but being the nerd I am, I had to go figure out how much I could have saved. Since the coupons were for entire purchases, I couldn’t just take 15% off $7,000. I didn’t make only four trips. I dug around for my receipts and found out my lost savings.
I lost out on nearly $675!
Yes, you read that right. Because of my priorities and not focusing on running my daily life like before, I lost out on close to $675. That is a lot of money to lose just because of being stupid and not paying attention. I have slowly gotten over my mistake, but just writing the number is irritating. The key takeaway here is to make sure you look at your moving packets. Hell, pay attention to all of your mail. Those coupons were valuable and I lost out on some great savings. It is my fault and I take the blame. It just hurts when you have to learn a lesson in this manner.
Have you ever lost out on some savings because you weren’t focused?
I’ve Been Cable Free for 5 Years and Still Watch TV
While in debt, I cut cable and haven’t looked back. It’s easier than you think especially with new services out on the market. One of my favorites is Sling TV, which allows you to watch live TV on the internet. It’s awesome. Check out my Sling TV review.