Frugal fails are easy to forget about, but I assure you, they happen in my life!
Monday was a wild day, with an away soccer game, lots of schedule glitches, & a generally late evening. I had dinner planned, but the boys were desperate to get takeout & wore me down, thanks to the craziness of the day. I really wanted to get home. I had the genius idea to do delivery, and it could be delivered right as we were arriving home, and remembered I had an Uber gift card that we could use (you can use Uber gift cards for UberEats as well).
Nick loves all things tech, so offered to place the order & allow me to start driving home. Order placed. I asked him to check on the arrival time, and he paused & says, "Oops." He placed the order to be delivered at the location we were at (the high school where the soccer match occurred), vs our house. I pulled over, and got it sorted out, with some effort. A few problems:
- The order originates from a specific restaurant location, and there's no way to change that part. So, I had to pay extra (and, it was already so over priced, due to fees), as the driver had to go even further. Understood. It was a big mileage difference.
- The food was...not warm, by the time it arrived.
- It also was 30 minutes later than expected. I could have EASILY thrown together another meal in that time.
Laziness for the ..... non-win. ;-)
In positive news, I was able to re-heat the leftovers yesterday, and the boys ate that for another dinner. I had leftover salad for lunch & dinner, with about 1/2 a salad left for today's lunch. The portions were generous, I'll give them that. So, not all was lost. But, it was a good reminder that "saving time" or choosing the "relaxing" option, is not always as it appears.
Ah, well. Life goes on. I'll try to remember that next time they ask for takeout, and instead throw a frozen pizza or the like in the oven instead. Or, better yet, plan ahead with M to get dinner started while we're gone, reducing all temptation.
What about you? Any frugal fails lately?