As I sit down to write this blog entry this evening, one thing is making me very happy.
I am currently sitting in the light of two down lights that are now only consuming 14 watts by being on, instead of the inefficient 100 watts that they were drawing less than two weeks ago.
Not only that, but right now, they are the only lights on in my entire 3 bedroom, two story house. This makes me very happy!
So, now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the point of this blog entry!
I’ve been working with the same company in the same office for 5 years now. For the last 2 years I’ve been making my own coffees at work with our coffee maker, a tin of $10 beans that lasts about a month and a 2 litre bottle of milk that I buy every week from the convenience store downstairs for $4.75.
Additionally, there is also a newsagent just across the street where I’ve been doing my card and gift bag shopping for the last 5 years. Any card (birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day and the like) I get usually costs around $6 and gift bags around $10 each.
I run 5km’s every lunch time so I can stretch my legs, stay fit and get some vitamin D while I’m at it. However, today it was wet and miserable, so I decided I couldn’t be bothered to go for a run.
However, I couldn’t bare to just stay inside at my desk all day, so I took myself for a walk.
I walked up the street that the local newsagent is on and went into a shop two doors up from the newsagent that I had never been into before to have a look.
Well, low and behold, only two doors up from the newsagent is a souvenir-come-convenience shop that sells milk for $2.90, cards for $1-2 and gift bags for $2.20.
In all the years I’ve been paying a premium for these products at my usual convenience store and newsagent, I never even thought to have a look around at what else was nearby.
Out of convenience I just went to the shops that made most sense in my mind, without even shopping around.
So, needless to say, I feel like a bloody big idiot right now. Buying that bottle of milk alone 48 times a year at $4.75 has been costing me $228 instead of $139.20… That’s $177.60 I could have saved just by walking about another 20 metres up the road.
How could I have been so blind? Why did I never think to look around for better prices? How did I think that $10 was an acceptable price to pay for a gift bag?
Doh! It’s because I’ve been a damn Flawed Consumer. A damn flawed consumer that feels like a complete fool right now!
What about you? What have been blindly paying for? Do you just go to into a shop because you think they’ll have what you want? Or, do you shop around for the best price?
Until next time, TFC.