So what are the most expensive mistakes you’ve ever made?
Some mistakes cost us physically – like stepping on an upturned plug or chewing raw chillies.
The expensive mistakes that leave us pitifully unable to point the finger of blame anywhere but our dear selves.
If ever there was a reason the kick yourself! Here’s a few of mine:
I recently spilt tea on my MacBook Pro.
Turmeric tea, to be precise.
Being a fairly chilled type, I can’t remember the last time I felt such a sudden surge of raw panic – apart from this moment.
The laptop carried on working just fine for about 24 hrs, then it went crazy.
Some keys stopped working, it started phantom typing and making weird shaky movements across the screen.
Then it stopped charging.
If your machine shows any of the above symptoms – it’s very likely to be water damage.
According to a reliable source, what I should have done, was tip the laptop upside down immediately – let it drain for a while and then cover it in dry rice. Yes rice – rice that that you cook and eat.
I tried the rice remedy a few day too late since it didn’t work. Apparently it can also get your smart phone working again if you drop it in water!!
Anyway, the laptop was well and truly unconscious, despite it only being a small amount of tea that spilled onto it.
I was quoted an unspeakable sum of money to replace the keyboard area – with no guarantee that that would resolve the problem.
In fact, they said if the new keyboard didn’t resolve the problem they might have to replace the battery and/or hard drive – which would come with further throat choking quotes.
In the end, all sensible arrows pointed to buying a new laptop – seemingly cheaper than the potential mounting costs of repairing the old one.
I still need to go and collect ‘the deceased’ from the repair people – though I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it.
Book in haste and repent at leisure
I can’t be the only one who’s booked a holiday online and then days later I notice the price has gone down dramatically, or I come across a better deal that I missed when doing my prior research.
Kick, Kick, Kick, screaming inside!!!!
Worse than that, was the one time I booked a holiday online, not through my usual agents of choice – oh no, I was going to bag one of those ‘really good’ deals from those ‘other’ holiday websites!!!
I found the perfect deal, couldn’t believe how good the price was and paid in full.
After a few self satisfied minutes, I decide to look through the order details again – feeling smug. The smirk soon evaporated, as I quickly realised my ‘bargain price’ was only a bargain because it didn’t include any luggage. None whatsoever.
It ended up costing £100 per person via the airline, to add on a measly luggage allowance each – then we had to pay more money on top of that for priority boarding – since that’s the only way this airline lets you bring hand luggage onboard. Crazy is an understatement.
I mean, who gets on a plane with no hand luggage or hold luggage – it’s not exactly a bus ride!!
The shock on my face that night (around 1am) must have been priceless – no hand luggage!! What the heck kind of airline was this? I’d never experienced anything like it, needless to say, it took me a while to get to sleep that night.
I’d been had – and I hated it.
Anyway, you win some, you lose some I guess, but when you lose it hurts for a good while – at least until you get on the plane and forget all about it!
Rest assured, I won’t make the same mistake twice.
The Small Print
Another superbly pricey mistake I made was when I bought my first (leasehold) home and naively paid absolutely no attention whatsoever to the number of years remaining on the lease.
Years later, when it came to putting it on the market again, the unhealthy lease meant I had to extend it first – and boy did that cut like a knife.
Tip – avoid buying leasehold properties at all costs if you can (it’s such a rip off system in the UK, compared to other parts of the world), but if you do, be sure to check the number of years remaining and make sure you’re happy with that before getting carried away with making an offer.
Over to you
I’d love to hear about your most expensive mistakes in the comments below; maybe you’ll help me avoid a few in the future!!