How Do You Handle Money Mistakes?

Coupons are a great thing and when they work, they are really worth the effort. When they don’t work, things can get ugly.

This weekend, my wife and I were invited to my mother-in-laws birthday bash. It was to be at an all you can eat buffet. We had just happened to get coupons for that buffet in the mail the previous week so we were looking forward to a fun and rather low-priced evening.

When we arrived and went to use our coupon, it turns out the coupon was only good on weekdays and we were…screwed for lack of a better word. The price of the night went up from $11 to $25!

Needless to say, I was not very happy.

To top it off, the mailer that contained our coupons had addition coupons for the buffet, each with a different discount. We had generously given the rest of the coupons to other members of the part so they could get a discount on the meal, and their coupons all work.

I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, angrily paid our way in and stormed to the party table. This turn of events really could have ruined the whole night. My wife was mad at me for making a scene and being mad about the coupon. I was taking my anger out on her with the stink eye, even thought it wasn’t her fault.

The evening turned out just fine in the end. My wife, being the bigger person, apologized to me that the coupon didn’t work and I, feeling like a huge jerk, apologized to her for being..a huge jerk.

Was the $14 worth the twenty minutes of tension and unhappiness?

No, it really wasn’t and I should have kept my cool so I didn’t upset my wife, and make everyone else there uncomfortable. It was just a mistake after all, and no one was to blame.

I obviously react to money mistakes with anger, usually expressed with passive methods such as giving silent treatment or mean stares. Oddly, mistakes in other areas of my life don’t phase me as much..

So now my question to you. How do you handle money mistakes?

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» corrinNo Gravatar said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 11:10:56 }

I’m big into couponing lately, but I think of them as a perk – a discount on something I would normally buy full price. Would not having a coupon have stopped you from going in the first place? Probably not – so the $14 isn’t worth the scuttle.

» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 11:10:57 }

On any other day, yea not having the coupon would have stopped us from going. The fact it was a birthday party ensured our attendance at this one though..but it still wasn’t worth it.
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» AshleyNo Gravatar said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 02:10:29 }

Mistakes with money always make me think deeply about how I ended up in the situation. Seems that no matter the circumstance, I’m always able to learn a lesson that helps me out in the long run!
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» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 12, 2009 - 03:10:00 }

Hey Ashley, the funny thing is, while sitting there at the dinner, I thought the exact same thing. I got at least half a dozen post ideas from the evening scribbled down in a napkin and I certainly learned from the event.

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