Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dollars, but no sense...

My oldest daughter is more than a Drama Queen. She is also Sultana of Savings. She tries to educate me how I can save money too, but I told her my brain just can’t make the leap.


She encouraged me with something like, “Price-matching at ____Mart is so easy, you don’t need a brain. Even you can do it, Mom.”

It’s hard to believe that they’ll just take my word on a price. It sounds too good to be true. I mean—I could say any number. If they don’t require proof, they could get ripped off.

It longer to find the super-low prices to match than it would have for me to grow the corn to grind for the chips to make the Doritos I wanted to buy. But the lure of saving fifty cents fired up my blood and I searched for more things I could price match.

At the checkout stand I timidly told the clerk, “The Doritos are on sale at CompetitorMart for $2. I’d like to price match.” It worked. I saved fifty cents.

Emboldened by my success, I price matched another item. And another. I kept going. It was so addicting—throwing out numbers and watching the clerk change them based solely on my word. Such power! Before I knew it, I realized I was going the wrong direction! I price-matched up. Yes—UP! I named an amount eleven cents higher than what the item was priced at. And the clerk took my word for it. He conveniently couldn’t get it to void, and after seven attempts and four angry glares from the customer behind me, I agreed to pay the higher price.

By the time I got home, I realized I may have saved $3.75, but probably overpaid by more. I ripped myself off. I decided I’d best leave the saving to the pros.

So now I let my daughter do the shopping and saving and I’ll stick to what I’m good at—the eating, the sleeping, the exaggeration, and avoiding cooking.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I used to do that too. But, now I realize that the time I spent figuring it out is worth some dollar amount? Probably worth more than I had saved! I do price match only when it's really convenient, and I've just looked over the ads.

M-Cat said...

I wish I had been the shopper behind you. That would have been an awesome opportunity for mocking.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Hmmm. Terri with power. I'm not sure how I feel about that ...

Jane Isfeld Still said...

It beats the heck of of couponing. Something I hate to do. I don't eat foods the make coupons for. I wonder if they do price comparing in Washington. Love the title and I want to know where you get your cute pictures. I haven't mastered that hurdle yet