Hi everyone and happy Not Me Monday! You know, the day that anything can and will go wrong without a moments notice.
Today's post comes in the form of a conversation.
Let me set the tone: I am a shop-a-holic.
I will use any excuse to spend a little money.
So, a couple of months ago one of my husband's co-workers invited me to a jewelry party. Since I knew I would fall victim to my shop-a-holic ways I decided to look at the catalog and place an order while my mind was clear. I picked out two bracelets and gave her my order.
Now I had heard, if you bought two items that you received two items at 1/2 price. So, I devised a plan with one of the other girls in the office (who was only ordering two items as well). She and I would place our orders together and then split the cost. She would get an item at half price and so would I.
Let me remind you, this was several months ago.
This morning as I walked into the office said co-worker was standing in the hallway...
Her: "HEY, I got your order with me today."
Me: (Oh crap, that means $40 I didn't plan on spending today! I sat my purse down and pulled out my wallet.) "I need to pay you". (As I reached in the bag I caught a glimpse of the receipt - $73.24!) "Um, I thought I was getting one of these at half price?"
Her: "Oh no, the saleslady said you couldn't do that."
Me: (Ohhh crap again! Now I've really blown my budget out of the water!!) "Well how was the party..." blah, blah, blah like we girls do.
Her: "It was great..." yada, yada, yada.
Me: As I'm handing her the check "Now if you don't mind give me a couple of days before you cash this, ok?"
Her: With a blank look on her face "Ok, I can wait."
Me: "Thanks, just a couple of days so I can transfer some money over."
Her: "No problem, it'll probably be next week before I go by the bank anyway."
Me: Laughing "Oh no, now don't wait too long or there won't be any money in there then either?!!"
Her: Totally shocked at the route this conversation has taken "OK"
The rest of the conversation consisted of me trying to explain that I might forget I wrote her the check if she hung on to it for too long.
Now, does anyone else understand my side of the story? I have a play money account for my frivolous purchases. I budget my expenses at the first of the month. Since I had ordered the bracelets months ago I had actually forgotten about them. AND, this is the 23rd. Really, who has play money left over at the end of the month?! So, I'll swap some money around to cover it. BUT, what if she waited too long to deposit it? WHAT IF, I ran across my bank balance and thought I had a little extra money I needed to spend when in reality it was just that her check hadn't cleared? I know, I know, this is the exact reason that adults balance their check books on a routine basis. That is why I included this post as part of Not Me Monday... because we're all adults, RIGHT?! ;>