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Money dwindling away....

May 8th, 2006 at 07:16 pm

Well, heck.

After a frugal Sunday, when I spent nothing, Monday comes along and I'm shelling out the dough.

I had to renew my supply of special cat food for my diabetic cat, and it's only available from the vet. My vet is a 20 minute ride away (when traffic is good), so I called and asked if I could buy it from a clinic nearby. They said, yes, they'd fax a presciption over. Whoo hoo! I saved a bunch of gas, I thought. I go to pick it up, and the clinic charges $2.00 more than my vet. So did I save anything? I don't know -- does a 20-minute drive cost $2.00?

Then my dry cleaning was delivered -- (I'm on a plan where it's picked up and delivered to my workplace because my building has a contract.) Only $5.40 for a couple of skirts, but I'd forgotten I'd sent them out.

Then I go home and the boy who mows my lawn is hard at work. $30.

It's hard to hold onto your money when you've already obligated yourself to pay for services! Not that I really regret either the dry cleaning or the lawn mowing, but I guess my point is that my iron will to curb spending is being sabotaged by contracts I have made!

On the good side, I made a yummy dinner of fried rice using leftover chicken and vegetables. And I got free fruit from a breakfast buffet to welcome a new employee. Love it when they provide whole fruit! I got an apple and a banana. I'll put them to good use tomorrow.

3 Responses to “Money dwindling away....”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    It's probably worth the extra $2 to save the gas. If your vet is 20 minutes away, that's probably 10 miles? Round trip that's 20 miles. If your car gets 20 MPG, it would cost you a gallon of gas to get to the vet and back (~$3), not to mention the wear and tear on your car. So you probably made out better in the end...

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    Thanks for figuring that out for me! I have to say it was a disappointment to hear the price, because I thought I'd been SO smart! So I guess I was still a little bit smart. And I didn't have to waste time on the drive....

  3. markio26 Says:

    that is the way life is.. up and down with the financial days... fruit that is fresh cleanses your body... veggies build your body up...

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