On Thursday, we got curtains & rod from jcpenney. But I had accidentally ordered the wrong color.
I returned them in-store, with the plan to reorder online. But I kept the curtain rod, because apparently I can get some parts of an order right.
A couple of days later, I checked my Mr. Rebates account. Of course, this was one of the few times a GC triggered cash back. But, since I returned the curtains, that whole transaction/rebate will be zeroed out.
So I’ll get the rebate when I reorder the curtains. But, since I didn’t return the rod, I lose out on $1.08 of the rebate.
Since I’m kinda rabid about my cash back, my first thought was to zoom back to the mall and return the rod. Then I could reorder it along with the curtains.
Then I paused to do the math.
Getting to the mall uses up about $2.50 in gas. To save $1.08 in cash back. Doesn’t really make sense, does it?
It’s killing me to let that extra buck go (see the rabid comment above) but there’s absolutely no point in spending twice as much as I’d be saving.
And, in the end, I did save about $18.50 by using my discounted gift card. Plus, if I still get cash back on the new curtain order, I’ll get another $5 in rebates.
Compared to that, $1 isn’t really a big deal. Especially since I wasn’t counting on getting the rebate at all.
I suppose we all pass on potential savings from time to time.
- We pay a little more at one grocery store because we’d waste too much gas to get to the other. Or because we’re weary and just want to get home faster.
- We don’t stock up on a big sale because we’re afraid it’d stretch the budget too far.
- We pay a little more for a name brand, if we’re not sure about the quality of the generic one.
- We opt to pay a little more for convenience if we don’t feel up to doing it ourselves.
- We could get cash back online, but we buy in store because we want the item immediately.
I suppose it’s not really that uncommon. And, as I keep reminding myself, I’m following the most logical course of action. Still, I want that dollar, dammit!
Do you find yourself passing up opportunities to save?