You know what’s the worst? Well, I guess that’d be war, famine, poverty, etc. But if you’re just doing First World Problems, then the worst is not being able to get the best price on something.
As I mentioned on Facebook, I got a great Shoebuy coupon in my email: $30 off $75+. I have a pair of shoes that need replacing, which I’ve been saying that for at least six months.
I found the exact same style available on the site… for $59.95. I don’t need any new shoes. So I looked around at some other items I need soon: wallet, socks (thanks Patches), etc. But all of those were higher end (read: overpriced). Meanwhile, I really don’t want to buy two pairs of this style. I like them, but I don’t want to be wed to them for a year or more. Plus, I’d rather keep the purchase amount small.
I thought about being sneaky by ordering two and returning one. But Shoebuy confirmed my suspicion that the $30 discount would be split between the two pairs. If I returned one, I’d end up with a$15 discount. Plus there’s the hassle of boxing up the shoes and going out of my way to FedEx/UPS to mail them back.
Instead, I’ll just use a 20% off coupon that’s available, which means paying $48 instead of $45. The $3 is worth avoiding the returns process hassle. Still, I had been expecting an awesome $30 discount, so I’m frustrated.
Also, cat food. Costco had a 48-pack of wet food for $22. We pay around $14 for a 24-pack. But the stuff at Costco was all seafood flavors. They smell the worst (and cat food is not a pleasant order to begin with). Worse, tuna was in two of the three flavors. The smell of tuna actually makes Tim retch. (Yeah, yeah, get your dirty jokes out now.)
This means that we’ll end up paying $6 more for 48 cans. Grrrr.
Of course, the bulk of our missed opportunities is due to health problems. When we go grocery shopping, I rarely have the energy to visit multiple stores, which means paying more for some foods. Or when we’re both feeling incapable of getting to Fry’s, so Tim has to buy his milk or Mountain Dew at Walgreen’s. And I don’t want to cont the number of grocery store deals I’ve missed out on because of bad energy days.
But I’ve learned to accept all that as part and parcel of our respective disabilities. I still hate it, but I’ve learned not to dwell. Otherwise, I spend my limited energy fuming. It’s part and parcel of my imperfect life/frugality.
Still, it makes me wince to pay more than is strictly necessary. Well, wince and feel guilty. Then frustrated, then angry at how much mental space all of this is taking up. I’ve got layers, people.
Do you guys experience this situation?