Big Mistake

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@Shellyann36 (11278)
United States
September 7, 2015 2:50pm CST
I made a huge mistake on Friday. I spent money that I should not have spent. I am not over drawn or anything with my bank but I should have kept that money. I just got a blast and found out that my main job is no longer viable. The guy said he sent me an email last month but I never received it. Normally he pays upfront the first of every month. Sometimes it may be on like the 3rd or 4th day and I don't mind because we have a good rapport and I have never had a problem getting paid. He said he should have something else for me on Wednesday (I sure hope so). Had I known this on Friday I would not have spent that extra money on Fall/Halloween decorations. I got them at Dollar Tree and they will exchange things for me but not give my cash back. Lesson learned. Unless the cash is in the bank don't spend the extra that you have on hand. I hope this does not happen to anyone else.
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@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
7 Sep 15
Nope, I never spend money that is intended for something else. Always wait til the money is there. Unless it s an emergency, all bills get paid first.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Normally I am the same way but for some reason I just spaced out on Friday.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Good way to be Rusty. Pay bills first than you know if there is any extra you can spend.
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• Defiance, Ohio
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 I made the mistake years ago when I was young and learned not to do it again.
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• United States
7 Sep 15
Oh that is such a hard lesson yes. I never do it anymore, I know now that I just cannot buy anything period. I hope he comes thru for your Shelly.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Thank you. I hope he does as well. I am sure something will work out.
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• United States
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Still waiting?
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Good luck with that.. hope he gets what he owes to you.
@sofssu (14448)
8 Sep 15
Sorry about that.. hope something good workout for you soon. I am so afraid of doing this.. I have cut up my credit cards and save up money in a fixed deposit account which you cannot break for a few years.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Thank you. No credit cards for us. Its cash or debit card for us. We save up to buy big things and I don't normally go crazy like this.
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@sofssu (14448)
9 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Mistakes do happen.. I hope something works out for you quickly. Keep up the good cheer.
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@sharon6345 (135493)
• United States
7 Sep 15
Dollar tree here gives us back our cash. I think it will work out for you in the end.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
I wonder why our DT will not give refunds. I wonder if I take it to a different store if they will exchange it for cash..... Now you have me thinking. Thank you!
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
7 Sep 15
I am an impulse buyer, and in the past, that has got me in alot of trouble. I have since learned my lesson, and never will I do that again. I should have known better, but I just got carried away, so don't fret, as we all do it at one time or another.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Friday was an impulse day for me. I had stopped to get my nieces some hair bands and a few trinkets to go with their birthday presents. The fall and Halloween decorations just hooked me.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 When I see somehting that I want, I usually buy it, but like I said I need to stop as I end up not having a lot of money to pay the bills. I have since stopped being so impulsive, and I only buy when I have the money to do so.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
@rosekiss Yes I understand this. I just got carried away this time.
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@kayshope (1309)
• Thermal, California
8 Sep 15
hi there its maria.. Ive done the same thing as you and regretted it.. we never know when something un expected is going to happen. I have a 6 month old baby girl now.. staying busy.. glad my lot is back !!!
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
It is so good to see you here! Congrats on your baby girl. How is your son doing? I am so happy to have you here again!!! I have missed you.
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@kayshope (1309)
• Thermal, California
8 Sep 15
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@Shellyann36 All is great.. Im a home maker now. I was always a busy working lady so its diff. but my new husband does well and i can stay home. My son is great thanks. Good to see you as well.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
@kayshope Oh what a little !! She is such a cutie. Glad you are able to stay at home with here and not have to work.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Sep 15
That's happened to me before. It seemed like as soon as I would spend money on something that I wanted but didn't need, my car would break down or my kids would need something for a project at the last minute.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
That sounds like my luck as well. I still have money and it did not really hurt us but I should have restrained myself.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Its good that you still have money but I understand how you feel.
@writerjo (1320)
• India
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Keeping a reserve fund is always sounds good . Expecting one source and spending the cash in hand will make us in a critical moment . Very few times I also come across this type of experience . But that too I have managed somewhat .
@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Glad you have managed it for yourself. I have not done this in a long time so this was a slip. I am going to get back on track. Thank you for your input.
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@writerjo (1320)
• India
20 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 Happy to suggest you .. Welcome
@GardenGerty (101691)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Our weakness right now is eating out. It is just easier while moving. I will get the crockpot going or something at the new house for tomorrow. What is your main job, or what is it you do, if I may ask?
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
I have a writing gig that has been a good steady for over a year now. I hope he comes up with something else for the same amount of money or more. More would be really nice.
@SIMPLYD (81467)
• Philippines
8 Sep 15
Yes, we should always be ready for any eventuality so we have to be cautious in spending .
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
Oh yes it is best to be cautious with your money. Another lesson learned.
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@rebelann (42425)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Sep 15
Bummer, you'd think people would send at least 2 emails to make sure something that important gets to the employee, hopefully he'll have something for you soon.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Sep 15
You would think and I am surprised because he has always been a good guy to work for. It has been 2 weeks so we will see what happens.
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@rebelann (42425)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 I hope it all turns out in your favor.
@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Sep 15
I have done that kind of thing more then once sadly. hope to not do it again. have come close but luckily as I got older I manage a bit better
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
I am going to make this the last time it happens. Normally I am very careful with my cash because we have to be.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
8 Sep 15
@Shellyann36 I know that feeling of being careful or you won't have enough money by the end of the month.
@AmbiePam (49880)
• United States
11 Sep 15
That's definitely a pain. Do you think he really sent the e-mail? I hope you end up getting your money.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Sep 15
I am not sure. Normally he is very good at communicating. He ended up selling the site and I can no longer log into check my messages on the site.
@cgalavia (1405)
• Philippines
9 Sep 15
When I started to have a family,I have set in my mind,not to spend money in futile things,needs extra careful in spending it and only to things that I needed most.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
19 Sep 15
That is so true! Boundaries must be set within our financial means.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
8 Sep 15
I learned my lesson a long time ago don't spend you don't have in your hand or in the bank as things like this happen all the time then where are you. You are left up a creek.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
8 Sep 15
It was extra money but as extra money that means it was extra padding when needed.
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@allknowing (68692)
• India
7 Nov 15
i do not think you made a mistake since you did not receive that mail. Life is not just to survive but live and you lived by doing that purchase. Cool it.
• St. Petersburg, Florida
7 Nov 15
This same scenario has taught me much. My monthly income fluctuates drastically from month to month, as I have several types of income streams. I cannot predict what each month is going to bring. For that reason, I try to keep a cushion, in case the bottom falls out one month. I don't spend on things that are "frivolous" or that I already have, just not in the right color, so to speak. I stood there today, agonizing over getting a pressure cooker, on sale. It would have been $40. After much debate, I walked away, deciding to get one at a later date. I really don't "need" one. I just really like them, and have always had one. It's hard when we just want a little pleasure in our life and then we regret it. I have had months where I wished I hadn't bought all the cat food, or extra food, or whatever. Or I regret filling up the gas tank. It hurts.
@PainsOnSlate (20414)
• Canada
7 Nov 15
I've been there, when we were younger. Money was always tight when the kids were young. I understand what you are dealing with. When you get older things get better, its something to look forward to but staying on budget is important when money is tight. The older you get the better it gets if you pay attention to income and what you spend. When we were young I had a budget which bought out groceries, paid our bills and didn't leave much to spend on silly stuff. We're old now and there is money in the bank and invested so we will not have to worry ever again. With age comes wisdom, and also with age the kids are on their own and its just the two of you...
• Midland, Michigan
28 Sep 15
I've spent money before and then when leaving the store or sometime later remembered a bill or something needing to be paid that I'd forgotten about before. I've tried to wait on things because of that since then, and generally I do okay. Also, sometimes things will break down that need replacing and once the money is spent it's hard to backtrack. Hope you remember next time if there is a next time.
• United States
23 Sep 15
most disheartenin' indeed :( i hope that all's worked out since? i rarely make any purchases myself outside 'f basic household needs.