Okay, not really, but I did get hit on the head repeatedly by containers falling out of the cabinet when I opened the door.
I don’t know how it is at your house, but in ours food storage containers often go the way of the sock in the dryer… bottoms and tops here and there disappear and you end up with a bunch of unmatched pairs. Over the years I’ve bought new sets to add to the collection, ending up with an overflowing cabinet and an annoying hunt for the right lid during each night’s dinner cleanup (I know, first world problems, but there is a point).
This Christmas my husband surprised me with a wonderful gift- a huge, brand new set of good quality, stacking Rubbermaid containers that could replace everything I had. He gave it to me sheepishly, embarrassed to give me such a practical gift. He prefers to buy me jewelry, which is really sweet, but being a practical person I’d rather he save the money than visit the diamond store. He got extra points for the Pyrex set with lids he gave me too.
Replacing all the containers hadn’t occurred to me. That would have been a waste; spending so much money on a new set when I still had good ones. But when I think about it, I spent way more buying cheap sets of two or four at a time than he did on the whole set (plus the additional one I asked him to go out and get because I liked this one so much). I had been penny-wise and pound foolish, and made things more complicated than they needed to be.
How many times have I done that? Instead of backing up and starting over when things aren’t turning out right, I plow ahead with patches and add-ons, not wanting to waste the effort I’ve already invested.
I’m determined these Rubbermaids won’t walk away on me- I’m keeping an inventory. I noticed one was missing yesterday… Bill was finally convinced it was a good gift when I was ready to kick butt and take names of whoever took one and didn’t return it.
Then I remembered it was me.
How about you? Have you ever spent too much money trying to fix a problem when you should have started over?