lessons learned from disappearing money

July 23rd, 2008

Lessons Learned From Disappearing Money

I distinctly remember the last time I misplaced (well, lost) some money.  I don’t carry cash very often, which means that I don’t lose money too often.  A nice side benefit to being a debit card kind of gal.  About two years ago, I had gotten a $20 bill out of the ATM to go to a church rummage sale with my mom.  In the parking lot of the rummage sale, I pulled a list out of my pocket of items I was looking for, and must have pulled the $20 out at the same time and dropped it into the parking lot.  I didn’t realize it until I went to pay at the sale (and luckily, my mom was there to pay for me) but I was pretty irritated at myself.

Lesson learned:  put the money into my wallet, not just my pocket.  Then it can’t just fly out unnoticed.

This past weekend, I learned another lesson on money – the coupon kind.  I am not a huge coupon user, although I am trying to become one.  When I went to Kroger on Friday, I had three coupons for Zone Perfect protein bars that I decided not to use because the prices are much better at Walmart.  At the checkout, I also got two coupons from the register, one for a free package of baby wipes, and one for $1.50 off 8 Powerbar protein bars.   I put those into my back pocket with the Zone Perfect bars coupons and went on my way.

Saturday morning, my spouse turned off my alarm to go to the tournament I was working at by mistake thinking in his sleepy brain it was his alarm for work.  When I woke up, I had about exactly two hours to get to the tournament, and it is a two hour drive.  I dressed as fast as I could, running downstairs with my jeans from the night before to get my keys and wallet.  I threw the jeans on top of our washer, pulled out my keys and wallet, and left.

And then my spouse washed my jeans.  Without checking the back pocket.  And washed my coupons.

It isn’t his fault – I left them on top of the washer after all.   I didn’t think it through at all, I was just tossing them somewhere that wasn’t on the floor in my rush to leave the house as fast as possible.  But when I found out my coupons were washed, I was a bit more distraught than I really should of been.  The face value of all five coupons combined was about $8.  In my brain, it was like destroying $8 in cash.

So, lesson learned:  always put my coupons back into my coupon envelope.  Don’t leave them in my pockets.    Oh, and move the alarm clock away from my spouse when I am actually using it.

The silver lining of the story is that I managed to salvage the three Zone Perfect coupons.  They were folded up and the bar codes survived.  The two Kroger register coupons were completely destroyed.   So $2.55 of the $8 in coupons (the Zone ones) were used at Walmart Sunday.  So there is that at least.  :)

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8 Responses to “Lessons Learned From Disappearing Money”

  1. Shameless Plug: You know, I struggled with the lost and washed coupons too. That’s the biggest reason I put together the coupon management system. It works like a dream for me and all of my friends now too.

  2. My husband and I have our own alarm clocks – each sounds different than the other and are on our own side of the bed so we can’t do that to each other. I am constantly trying to “live in the moment” – it seems when I don’t focus on what I’m doing, I lose things. Like yesterday morning I picked up a check that needs to be deposited and only God knows what I did with it. I have been through my purse, my camera bag and my “stuff” bag, the only things I had with me yesterday, to no avail. Sigh. My boss gave me a real bank bag last week but I forgot to use it!

  3. Double bummers.
    Sometimes we just have to make little mistakes so that we can learn from them and not make the biggee mistakes :)

  4. PS – not trusting electricity (it goes out a lot here in the winter)… I either use my windup alarm clocks, or more recently, my cell phone alarm clock… The cell phone is rather jarring – works TOO well :)

  5. Well, I think the real lesson here is leave the dirty clothes on the floor. :)

    One time I sold some furniture, and stuck $125 on top of a box in a bag, that I later put in the car. Drove home, took the bag into the house, and mysteriously, the $125 disappeared. Searched my car, searched the bag/box, searched the walk from the car to the house. Nothing.


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