I’m usually the first one to admit that I can be cheap and for the most part, it doesn’t really bother me. There are times though, being cheap hasn’t paid off or wasn’t a good idea. One example in particular comes to mind; back in my university days, my roommate and I decided we would walk home from a party at a friend’s house instead of paying for a cab. Nevermind it was a 5 km walk at 2 AM down Bank Street in Ottawa.
It was a long, dark walk. For the most part, once we got out of the downtown area, it was a pretty quiet walk. We had just crossed over the canal, when someone stumbled out of a dark entranceway onto the sidewalk and started walking towards us. As we came closer, we could see the person was a man, wearing a skirt over a pair of tight-tight-tight jeans, no shirt, and a ball gag around his neck (at first I thought it was a clown nose, being a simple farm girl). When he saw us he started to shout he had ‘been very bad’ and ‘needed spanked. Hard’. My roommate and I hurried across the street, keeping an eye on the strange fellow to make sure he kept going the opposite direction of us. We laughed off our extremely creepy experience and took heart in the fact we were nearly home. I cannot express our surprise (and horror) when we saw the same man walking towards us again. I still cannot figure out how he got ahead of us. This time, we ran. We ran the rest the rest of the way home.
Safely home, my roommate and I swore we would never cheap out on a cab again. Looking bad, cheaping out on probably a $20 cab ride was really dumb. My roommate and I put ourselves at risk just to save a little bit of cash that we both easily coud have afforded. It was just plain stupid.
Having said that, I’m all for saving where possible, but I believe there are some places and times where it’s best to spend a bit extra. Here’s a few examples:
- Vehicles and repairs. I’m all for buying a quality used car. The key word there being ‘quality’. If you cheap out on a car, you’re likely going to end up spending more on frequent and costly repairs than if you’ve shelled out a little more.
- Mattresses. Most people spend 7 hrs a day on their mattress – that’s a fair bit of time. That $200 mattress is going to feel like a concrete slab before too long.
- Anything for your safety – fire alarms, smoke/CO detectors, child car seats, etc. Don’t buy the dollarstore fire alarms. Just don’t.
- Tattoos. ‘Nough said.
What would you never cheap out on? Got any cheaping-out and it didn’t work out tales?
Have a good ‘un