Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Always choose the better option, even if it costs a little more money

In my last post, I mentioned my recent experience with an online software purchase and hidden fees. What I failed to mention is that I should have made a better software choice to begin with. That way, I wouldn't have purchased an open software program that didn't even work properly on my computer as well as accidently purchasing a monthly service plan I didn't even want.

You see, from the very beginning, I knew that there was a better choice in software to purchase, but I decided to go cheap and try out an open source software option. Once I made this purchase, I could never get it to run properly on my laptop, and at that point, I knew I had made a mistake. I made a poor choice, and for only $50 more, I could have had the best software for the job. I made a $44-50 mistake by trying to go with second rate.

After I made the poor choice, I immediately recognized that I needed to just cut my losses and find a good deal on the software I needed on eBay. Sure enough, I found exactly what I needed for $100 and made my purchase. Within 2-3 business days, I received my software in the mail, quickly loaded it onto my laptop, and it worked perfectly.

By going second rate at the beginning, I ended up spending almost $150 to accomplish what I could with $100. I got an a hurry. I had been impatient and cheap.

Have you ever made a second rate purchase and regret it? Did you end up spending more money to fix your second rate mistake?

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