Do you know anyone who is so frugal that they’re a downer to be around? You go out to eat with them and the entire time they complain about the price of the food. After the meal is over, they’re pissed that they just spent $15.99 on a disappointing entrée, and on the way home they list off what they could have used the money on instead.
We all waste money sometimes on stuff that sucks–money that we can’t get back, or sunk costs. It’s life. The thing about complaining the whole time is that you’ve already spent the money anyway, so you might as well at least try to appreciate SOMETHING about what you got in return.
- That crappy entrée? Consider it a small price to pay for soaking in the ambiance of a mediocre American chain establishment.
- The shirt you bought that fell apart 3 weeks later? Hey, new dish rags never hurt anyone.
- The really awful movie that cost you $9.50 and 2 hours in a theater of squealing pre-teens? It’s about time you took Rotten Tomatoes seriously. Lesson learned.
When you can, send it back, ask for a refund, or just vow to never go back.
But don’t be a wet blanket.