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There are a number of reasons why I really liked the Week #3 “Cheap Regrets” Savings Challenge. First, I learned – or at least was reminded of – a lot of important lessons when it comes to avoiding financial transactions that you’ll likely regret later. Everything from never going shopping on an empty stomach, to trying a product before you buy the jumbo size or stock up, to doing your due diligence before you loan someone money or buy something from them… even if they’re a friend or family member.
The second reason I really enjoyed this past week’s challenge is that after reading some of your stories about your “cheap regrets,” I don’t feel nearly as bad about some of my own budgetary blunders over the years! Did I really think I’d get my $29.95’s worth out of that remote controlled whoopie cushion, or that the knife set I bought on late night TV could cut a brick in half (yep, I definitely proved that one wrong)? Thanks for reassuring me that I’m not alone when it comes to occasional spending missteps.
The Week #3 Challenge also produced some of the best one-liners of the Fall 2012 Savings Challenge, at least so far. Props to golfgirl for the story of the defective, bargain-priced fireplace logs which, as she said, resulted in her “money going up in smoke.” And I loved lizard40’s story of her “Roomba” robotic vacuum cleaner, an appliance that disappointed and frustrated her to the point of her eventually saying “Goodbye Rumba, and good riddance!”
Frankly, there were so many great “cheap regret” stories – some to make you laugh, some to make you cry – that it was really tough picking a weekly winner. In the end though, I’m declaring juliack the winner of the Week #3 “Cheap Regrets” Challenge for her doubly disappointing tale of buying a used lawnmower from a neighbor who was in the landscaping business, only to have the mower self-destruct almost immediately. She then ended up paying the neighbor even more money to cut their grass during the summer while she and her husband saved up enough money to buy a new mower. What’s that old saying about “fool me once…”?
Thanks again to everyone who set their cheap-pride aside and participated in the Week #3 “Cheap Regrets” Savings Challenge.
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