So this blog is taking a real odd turn after about a year of putzing around. I promise to get back to posting about grocery store coupon savings eventually. Maybe. I'm not good at following through a lot of times.
One thing about being cheap, for me that is, isn't so much that I don't want to spend money - I just want to make sure that I am getting the most value out of my dollar. This was apparent 2 weeks ago.
So here's a crazy thing that happened to me. I'm a Yankees fan. I live about 6 miles to the border of Boston. So for the die hard Red Sox fans, I'm kind of like a Nazi. Another quirk about me - I love radio contests. Honestly, I've probably won about 2 dozen things off the radio in my 31 years of life. No joke. Well back in March, I won 2 tickets to a Red Sox opening day party. Oh joy. Since they were playing the Yankees though, I thought it would be great to go. Unfortunately, when we found out the time - due to work, school, life, etc. - the husband and I couldn't make it. Boo Hoo.
Well 3 days later, I got a call from the radio station. Apparently they raffled off a $1,000 gift certificate to the store Roster (located at Natick Collection, Legacy Place & Faneuil Hall). Who won? Me. They specialize in Boston area sports team apparel. No Yankees t-shirts to be had there. I'll be honest - I could not fathom spending $1,000 at a "non-necessity" store. Overwhelmed doesn't even describe the feeling I felt.
So we went off to Natick. We hit up the Roster there where I picked up a t-shirt and hat. Total: $64.99. The cashier informed me that another store in the mall was owned by them and my gift certificate could be used there too. The store is All-Stars. And I was excited to see that a 10% coupon printed on my receipt for All-Stars.
So we went down to All-Stars. I had this bright idea to make up a gift basket to donate to my son's school to be raffled off. My budget for this was about $200. Even in the grand scheme of things - even with $200 donated, I still have to spend $800 - which again is not really registering in my head because it's just a lot of money to spend on Red Sox crap - oh I mean stuff.
I got a bunch of items and the total was $208. I had so much stuff and the kids were acting a fool that I was just trying to hurry up and I DIDN'T EVEN GIVE THE CASHIER THAT 10% COUPON!!!! I remembered it when I got in the car (and I am not crazy enough to go back in and see if they would have honored it). Now granted, I shouldn't care because it's not even my money - but it seriously bothered me for a few days. I mean 10% would have been $20.80 - which would have been another hat or a kid's t-shirt for my gift basket! I think this is my true "cheap" side coming out. I'm trying to tell myself it's not really that I'm greedy and I WANT that extra $20 in this store (because heaven knows, it pains me every time I have to make a Red Sox purchase) - but the fact that I didn't maximize the value of that purchase really kills.
So yeah. Call me greedy. Call me cheap. I don't care. The fact that I forgot that coupon will linger in my mind for a little while longer because I can be a little psychotic like that.
With another trip to the Dedham store a day later, I ended up spending $220.87 on a donation that will be raffled off at my son's school starting this week. Here's the final product:
I'm not sure the details of how they are going to raffle it off - the school has it. They can do whatever they want with it. They are selling tickets all this week and will be announcing a winner next Sunday at a softball tournament. My personal goal is to hope the school raises $500 in ticket sales for it. No reason then I hope to maximize the $220 spent on something good that the school could use. I'm sure the principal will tell me what the final verdict - I just hope it's nothing pathetic like $30. That would kind of suck.
Speaking of "doing good stuff" - I'm going to be posting about a great Giveaway I'll be hosting here in a few days. Pretty much - if you had a free $50 to "do good" with - what would you do? So start brainstorming and more details will follow soon! Woohoo!