I had a “duh” money spending moment yesterday and I’m SO ticked at myself! Not because of how much money I wasted, but because of how I wasted it. We’ve read before about how advertisers sneak their way into your hearts and convince you to spend money. And we can find lots of good info on many sites on how to save money on groceries. But until yesterday, I wouldn’t have thought that checking labels should be part of my money-saving journey. It is now.
Let me set the scene: Rick and I took daughter #3 with us out on a little shopping errand. After heading to the home improvement store, which, with a perfectionist husband is no picnic, I was getting tired. We’d spent way too long wandering as Rick looked through piece after piece of plywood for the most un-warped, un-cracked piece he could find. Normally I have a bit of fun wandering around the home improvement stores, but after looking at sheets of plywood for what seemed like days on end, I was getting tired and restless. I was patient though (Impressed? You should be. Plywood shopping is a sleeper like no other! 🙂 ) and we finally headed to the checkout.
After we loaded the pickup and headed for home, daughter #3 reminded us that we said we’d stop at Walmart and get her some earplugs for swimming. We’d gone swimming at a local beach the day before, and her ear was bothering her. This is a pretty regular occurrence for her, so we figured it was time to get the earplugs. I headed into the Pharmacy area and found some earplugs. Right next to the earplugs, I found some drops for Swimmer’s Ear. Yea! Since daughter #3’s ear had been bugging her, I picked a bottle of it up and put it in the basket. I got the generic stuff and only spent $2.28 for the 1-ounce bottle. I saved a good .50 off the name brand stuff and was proud of my frugal wisdom.
We headed home, put the drops in daughter’s ear, and waited. As we waited, I thought I’d better check the ingredient list, just in case. We always weigh carefully what goes into our bodies, especially concerning medications. I looked for the ingredient section. Here’s what I found:
Ingredients: Isopropyl alcohol.
Yep, that’s it. A few months back, I spent $1.27 for a 32-ounce bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol. Yesterday I spent $2.28 for 1 ounce of the same d__n stuff. ARRRGHHH!
Now, granted, other people have wasted WAY more money making stupid spending decisions. But it was the fact of the matter that really bothered me. If I had, instead of giving into the fatigue and trauma of watching Rick wander his way through a 6-foot pile of plywood, and taken 2 seconds to read the label at the store, I would have shook my head, put the bottle back on the shelf and went home $2.28 richer. But being in a hurry put a dent into our pocketbook, and that bugs me!!!
Lesson learned? Read those labels, especially when buying something you don’t normally buy. You may be able to find a cheaper (or free) solution.