I don't regret my recent vehicle purchase, but after an entire year of trying to get my debt down, not much annual saving will show up in my year-end report due to that purchase.
Likewise, I've been diligent this Christmas about saving money wherever I can. As one example, a local department store gives a 10% senior discount on Tuesdays. I had two GameBox 360 Elite's to buy, and they haven't gone on sale anywhere that I could find. But thanks to being over 55, I got $30 knocked off the price of each of them.
But then, I blew some of that good work by failing to watch my dates closely. Somehow, I thought I had until Saturday to send my sister's Christmas package to New York at regular postal rates.
VERY, VERY WRONG!
Instead of $15+, it cost me $43 to guarantee that her gifts and her stocking would arrive before Christmas. These weren't even the expensive gifts, which I ordered and had sent directly from online sources. The whole package contained around $100 in gifts.
I get so annoyed with myself when I make mistakes like this.
It usually happens when I'm tired, when I'm stressed, or when I'm in a rush. All three conditions lead me to make financial misteps.
Hence, one of my New Year's Resolutions: Slow down, think about what I'm buying, and pay attention to dates!