Mistake: How I Wasted Money at Firehouse Subs

by Kevin on December 5, 2008

I made a mistake earlier this week with a purchase and thought it might be of use to my readers. I’ve written about how everyone makes mistakes in the past. Honestly, the first thing I thought of after I realized I had goofed was “I should write about this”. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but nonetheless here is the story.

I meet with clients during lunch meetings throughout the week. This can make planning for lunch pretty difficult because if one person cancels right before lunch it is nearly impossible to pick up another lunch. I live relatively close to my office and could go home if I knew we had lunch food available. Lately I have been slacking and trying to find a cheap deli or other restaurant that can provide me a decent meal at a cheap price. Even better if I can use a coupon.

In the past I’ve been grabbing lunch at Quizno’s, but after a while grew tired of it. I recently discovered Firehouse Subs and man, is that stuff great. It removes Quizno’s as an option because of the amount of food you get for the price.

Earlier this week the typical thing happen: someone canceled lunch on me and I didn’t have time to grab another lunch. I decided to use a coupon for Firehouse that gives me a free combo (drink and chips) with the purchase of any sub. That coupon ends up saving me about $2.

I call in my order and the girl asks me if I want a medium or a large. I told her a medium… then changed my mind and ordered a large.

This may seem like a minor mistake. It’s only about $2 difference. That in of itself is enough to annoy me, but for most people that’s probably not a big deal.

What really bothered me is I hit an annual goal this week, and I knew we would be celebrating with a cookie cake and drinks after lunch. I knew more food was coming. I had the perfect opportunity to eat a smaller lunch to save some money, and I didn’t.

That’s what bothered me enough to write this.


Awareness is Key

You’ll note that I was aware of the mistake almost immediately after I made it. I wasn’t in the dark thinking everything was peachy. This mentality is something that takes a while to develop. I didn’t become concerned about my lunch spending over night. And I didn’t become aware of overspending on lunch overnight, either.

Everyone makes mistakes. That’s fine. I’m not losing sleep over $2. But imagine if I consistently spent $2 extra on lunch every day. That money starts to add up quickly. Being aware of the situation should help me save money in the future.

Hey, at least I’m supporting a local business. Even though it is a franchise that has to pay a percentage of revenues to the home office, the owners work in the shop every day. Maybe you would say they are a 90% owned local business.

I’m not alone here. What money mistakes have you made in the last week? Leave a comment and start the discussion.


Ashley @ Wide Open Wallet December 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

I ordered my daughter two books on amazon in order to get my order over $25 for the free shipping. I haven’t decided if it was a mistake or not, but I’m not feeling too hot about it. They are books I had been thinking about getting her, but I hadn’t really decided yet.

What’s worse is that I only needed to spend $11 to get the free shipping and I spent $20 on the books. Two books for $20 is kind of a lot.

Philip December 5, 2008 at 9:32 am

Yum, firehouse subs… very good stuff, but they are also down here in Texas also, so not what I think of as local. I have only been twice but for after a ride they hit the spot, and the sauce they have is pretty darn good too.

I guess those small things hit all the time, and I must not have the mentality to mind too much. If I am taking care of other goals and quests then I don’t worry about my spending as much as long as the CC bill is about where it should be at the end of the month.

chris December 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Man, I was worried this was going to be a bad post about Firehouse. I love their subs. So delicious….

Kevin December 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm

@Ashley: I’ve struggled with that in the past as well. Do you pay the $4 in shipping on a $18 order? Or do you try to find something for $7 and get the free shipping. Tough!

@Philip: It’s a national franchise, but it’s a franchise. As I said this one has the owners working in it every day.

@Chris: Glad it didn’t have to come to that. One of my new favorite restaurants.

Christina February 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I actually order the large to save money. With the amount of food they give you..I usually eat half and save the other half for later, therefore saving money on my next meal. Just another way to look at it!

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