I was in the bigger city yesterday taking care of some business and seeing some grandchildren. While running errands I kept an eye on gas prices since I needed to refuel and prices are generally lower there than in the tiny town nearest me.

I’d probably passed a dozen gas stations with prices around 2.05/ gallon, a couple a bit more, and a few were 2.20. So when I saw one for 1.99 I pulled in and refilled, well satisfied with my savings.

You see where this going?

A few hours later I passed a station where gas was 2 pennies less per gallon, and suddenly I was no longer happy with myself or my savings. I should have waited. I unnecessarily paid 1.99 for gas.  Why was I like this? I could have filled my tank for less if I’d just waited. Argh…

All this silly angst over a difference that was barely .60 in my final cost. Yes, a penny saved is a penny earned. But a penny spent is just a sunk cost. Already gone, my frustration was pointless, and also just plain silly.

I had passed a few more gas stations with much higher prices before the realization crept in- why was I focused on the one gas station with lower prices? Why was I berating myself over one, instead of being thankful over the two dozen higher priced gas stations where I had *not* spent my money?

Silly old bear.

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  1. Frances
    Posted September 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I do so know that feeling, mainly with fruit and veg shopping, especially with the four local produce stores. A has blueberries 25 cents cheaper than B but the cucumbers are 25 cents more…

    Some days I go up the avenue to the drugstore checking them all en route and feeling so economical when I make my purchases on the return walk.

    So lucky to have them, compared to what the supermarkets tend to charge!

  2. Frances
    Posted September 10, 2020 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Totally irrelevant, but I thought this might amuse you!

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