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.

However…

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.

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