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Unbelievable coincidence- shoes

June 15th, 2012 at 12:15 am

Yup, that's right, this entry is about shoes. Some of you may recall that I said that after my Visa was paid off I was going to go out and buy a new pair of shoes. I work in the corporate world and need solid decent shoes that look professional. And I wear flats - many years of uber high heeled disco shoes have destroyed my feet. The shoes that I wear are the Ecco brand and they are pricy at about $175 a pair. The ones I am currently wearing have a split seam at the sole, and I have a very discrete twist tie holding the decorative clasp together, along with duct tape on the inside to cover the gap by the sole (I know you are laughing at this and getting an incredible visual).

So I'm at Value Village (used stuff for cheap) looking for curtains - hey, why by new? And I stop by the shoe aisle. And low and behold, there are my exact shoes, brand new, never worn, same colour, same brand, for $11.99. I absolutely swooned! They are a Euro 41, mine old ones are a Euro size 40. Not such a big difference. So I saved myself at least $160 + 13% tax.

And the funny thing is that I got my original shoes for free because a product I received as a Christmas gift fell apart after a few months and they sent me a gift card.

As Julie Andrews sang in the Sound of Music "sometime in my youth, or childhood, I must have done something good".

I sure won't keep Ecco in business but I love their product!

Wow, I'm have an "Ima Saver" day!

June 13th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I am always salivating over Ima's incoming checks. Today, in great "Ima" style I received 2 checks. One for dish soap that I did a survey on, and one for a complaint I sent regarding a new frozen pizza. Total checks $12.38. Will put that in my EF fund. And I'm doing another taste test tomorrow for another $20. Awesome!

A difficult situation - would you cash the check?

June 12th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I am feeling guilty. I have a very good friend who is always dropping by and helping themselves to my food and drink. This happens at least once a week, often two or three times a week. I am happy to have this person visit but they never call and ask if it's a good time. When I visit them they always ask me to bring food and wine. So it has always been unbalanced. This person owns a home worth more than $700,000 with no mortgage and has the cash flow to do big renos like windows and new air conditioner and furnace. I don't have that cash flow. So it's not like this person is cash poor or broke. Or hungry!

A year ago when I realized how much this is costing me I requested that this person start a BYOB effort. Food I can handle but the drinks really add up. For a while the BYOB thing worked by now it's just getting out of hand, costing me time (making sure I have everything stocked for drop in guests), and money. Plus I feel like I have no control about my plans as this person may stop by any time. When I mentioned the BYOB this person became angry and told me I was cheap. So far this year I know it's been in excess of $1,000 so I reminded this person about contributing. Now they are mad at me, and dropped off a check for $200. This has really damaged our relationship which I really honour.

Am I being cheap? Please give me your honest input. And would you cash the check?