Personal Finance, Saving Money

Being In A Hurry Costs Me Money

I wrote a while back that lack of sleep costs me money and how things that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with money can actually end up being a fairly large drain on your wallet. I found out this past weekend that being in a hurry is another one of those areas that costs me money.

We had gone over to my sister’s house to celebrate my niece’s first birthday and my sister had asked us to stay and babysit a bit so her and her husband could go out with some friends that had come out of town for the party. They ended up getting home a bit late and in the rush to leave and get home, I accidentally left my computer at their house.

All I needed to do was to take a minute to make sure that I had everything before we left, but being in a hurry I simply didn’t bother to do the check. This ended up costing me money in several ways. While the main financial setback was about $20 which was an extra round to her house to pick up the computer, there were also other losses involved. I lost a good 4 hours of my time having to make the round trip unnecessarily. It also meant that I could not work on the computer during the time I did not have it which was more than a full day of productivity on the sites.

Being in a hurry is one of those things that can add up to a huge amount over the course of a year. How many extra trips to the grocery store do you have to make because you didn’t to make a list due to being in too much of a hurry? I make mistakes like this far too often simply because I get myself into a rush and don’t take the time to take a minute break to make sure I have everything in order. Consider how costly this can be (both in finances and time) over a year, it’s another one of the areas (like getting enough sleep) that I will continue to work on this year…

2 thoughts on “Being In A Hurry Costs Me Money

  1. I could not agree more. Up untill now, i felt this way about expenses: never saw it in the light of leaving the machine on. Or time.

    DH likes to go on impromptu picnics. We spent $10.00 at McDonald’s despite my protests… We went to a park 10 miles away and ate there. Of course the day was lovely.
    I cooked enough for three days and two nights on a recent trip to a national forest. Our total expenditure on food was $12.00! I packed our own snacks, (tonnes of berries and cherries) and bottled water.
    But the unplanned trip cost us so much..

  2. No question about it, being in a hurry costs money. However, such money isn’t necessarily a “cost” inasmuch as an “investment” if spent wisely. For example, if spending more time on a project that makes me money forces me to buy some fast food because I don’t have time to cook, that would be a wise investment of money. Cooking for yourself is great defense, but having someone else cook so that you can make more money is great offense.

    Most people don’t “invest” hurridly spent money. They spend such money because they wasted their time (or allowed someone else to waste their time). Put differently, they squandered time and therefore had to squander money.

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