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I Did What With The Money???

April 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 am

I just read a blog about someones confession of their biggest financial mistake, oh the memories. I am sure that Hubby and I made so many, I don't know where to choose from. But there are a couple that always come to mind. When we got married, we were broke. I mean BROKE. Hubby got laid off two weeks before the wedding, and i was a full time college student. This was the very early 80's, and there were no jobs anywhere. Pretty similar to now. He was doing odd jobs, and we made enough to keep the power on, but not enough for a phone, and we ate at his parents house most nights. Anyway, he had gone somewhere with a buddy, and it must have been Summer, the weather was nice. When I looked outside, they were throwing a football around. When the buddy left, he came in with the football, and I said something about buddy forgot his football? Ah, no Hubby says, I bought the football. HE SPENT OUR LAST $13 ON A FOOTBALL! (It still makes my blood boil to think about it) I was so mad, I could hardly speak! But wait, it gets better. The next day, we are still fighting (my voice did recover) so he jumps in the car and goes speeding off, and RUNS OVER THE FOOTBALL! Yeah, you read it right, ran over the football that he just couldn't live without, and spent our last $13 in the world on. I still can't comprehend the logic (there was none) of that whole thing. Now for my biggest gaffe. This one came to mind, but I'm sure there were many others. 20 years ago, I decided that I would like to have contact lenses. I had been wearing glasses since I was 12 or so, and there was an ad in the paper for $49 contact lenses. So, I get an appointment, have the eye exam, they try the lenses out, and I'm wearing them. Then I find out that there are a lot of OTHER fees that go along with the lenses! The exam fee, the contacts are $49 EACH, solutions, the little machine that cooks them, etc. etc. So, I meekly pay all of this extra money, it was over $250 altogether, and come slinking home to cry on Hubbys shoulder. He was much more gracious than I was probably. I should have told the eye Dr. to forget it, and exactly why, but I didn't. I was a much more timid person when I was younger, I just went along to avoid a fuss. Oh well, we were all young once, and we did get smarter about money, eventually. Sort of. I think. BTW - that was the only pair of contacts I ever owned, I never could find a solution that didn't make my eyes red, I looked like I was on a bender all of the time, with none of the fun!

3 Responses to “I Did What With The Money???”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Those are great stories. Smile

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hahaha, I'm sorry I'm a jerk but the football story made me laugh. However, I can also sympathize with you that, if a significant other bought something as frivilous as that, using the very last $13 we had at the time, I'd be very peeved as well. Did he run it over by accident or did he do that on purpose?

    Your contact story doesn't sound so bad though. I think it's perfectly forgivable. I mean, at least you got a pair of contacts and a life lesson out of it.

  3. Jerry Says:

    Hey, I love football as much as the next guy, but that story also leads me to a good chuckle. What WAS he thinking? And then he ran over it? That's just a classic. The thing about the eye care is sad because "deals" like that appeal to many people when they don't have vision on their health insurance. That optometrist needed a kick in the shins.
    Jerry

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