Okay so lately I have been encountering some interesting situations regarding money and paying attention.
I discovered that Smart and Final was having a really good deal on ground beef. The sales flyer indicated that they were selling ground beef for only $1.99 per pound (sold in 5 pound tubes).
They also had a few items that were priced really good. (I also needed to do some grocery shopping as we didn't have much left in the house.) I went to Smart and Final and decided to stock up on the ground beef. While there I discovered that they were having a really great frozen food deal. When spending $40.00 worth in certain frozen foods, you receive a $10.00 off coupon for your next shopping endeavor. I had budgeted $150.00 for grocery shopping there.
The great thing about Smart and Final is they typically sell things in bulk, resulting in such great prices.
I shopped and found some really great looking chicken wings sold in huge backs for roughly $15.00, which were included in the frozen food deal. I decided to buy 3 bags of chicken wings: (2) buffalo chicken flavored and (1) tequila lime flavored. I have to admit, just looking at the bags alone started making me drool.
I had a cart full of food that I had mentally added up the totals for. I was just at $150.00. Well, wouldn't you know it- we get to the register and the register rang up at $167.00. There was a line behind me and I figured I must have added wrong while shopping. The kids and I collected our food, put it in the truck, got home and started putting everything away. For some reason, I decided to look at the receipt. Then it dawned on me! THE EMPLOYEE RANG ME UP FOR 4 BAGS OF WINGS INSTEAD OF THE 3 I HAD PURCHASED!!! I even went to the freezer to make sure an additional bag of wings didn't magically hop into my cart while shopping. Sure enough as I knew, there were only 3 bags of wings.
Now you have to know that I don't live near Smart and Final so driving all the way back and forth would have been a waste of that much money in gas alone. But I learned a valuable lesson the hard way: PAY ATTENTION WHEN SHOPPING
Next, I got my water bill. It said I was past due and owed all this in fees in addition to the totals for both months. Now you have to know, I got really organized with my bills and have made a special effort to pay all the utilities on time, keeping organized with the organizers I bought mentioned in this post. Typically I just pay whatever the bill says and be done with it. However, I knew I had already paid this and had kept the receipt in the organizer.
The day before yesterday I checked the bill and received my mortgage statement. There on my mortgage statement it stated that my previous monthly mortgage payment had not been paid and that I owed about $1,400.00 (for both months) plus late fees. I was astonished! I am on a special program currently that is assisting with the mortgage, with me paying a low portion of it. I am required to send the program my portion and in turn, the program pays my mortgage provider. I was freaked out! How on earth was this not paid? Why was this outstanding? I have never once been late on my mortgage and here I am late. Was this going to ding my credit? Ugggg. Typically, I don't even open my mortgage statement because it is ALWAYS the same amount due. Upon extreme investigation with the program and with my mortgage company, it was discovered that it was paid and I had nothing to worry about. But had I not raised a stink and had them investigate it, it would have been an issue. Again learning a lesson: PAY ATTENTION AND OPEN ALL YOUR BILLS, PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO EVERY LINE ITEM