I am a careless person and no matter how I TRY NOT to be careless, things….. “just happens” and it cost me quite a few pretty pennies.
In 2008, I backed up into a car because I didn’t check my rear-view mirror before backing up. I was a at a stop sign and my car was sticking too far out, so I wanted to back up my car.
In 2009, I rear-ended someone because I was not paying attention to the car in front of me. I saw the light turned green and stepped on my gas, not noticing that the car in front of me didn’t move YET.
In 2010, I backed into a parking stall where someone left their shopping cart, YES, THEIR SHOPPING CART, in the parking stall and I backed up right into the cart and the cart put a dent on my hatchback trunk. I REALLY didn’t see the cart because the cart was not visible to any of my mirrors.
In 2014, a couple days ago, I parked my car too far out and the garage door closed onto my car bumper. I pulled my car forward and scratched the paint off my bumper. So far I just bought a touch up paint pen – which didn’t seem to work. I got a quote from a few body shops and the cost ranges from $700 – $900. OUCH. I might leave this scratch since it will probably not rust because the bumper is plastic.
Cost: $15 (so far)
In January 2011, I dropped my Iphone on the ground and my screen got smashed. I went to the Apple Store and they fixed it for me.
ONE YEAR LATER:
In January 2012, I dropped my Iphone AGAIN, and this time, I paid for a Refurbished Iphone 3GS instead of the $110 to get it fix. I now have an iPhone 5 and 2012 doesn’t sound TOOO long ago.
TOTAL COST OF CARELESSNESS: $6,294.00
REALLY!??!!!! SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS????!!!! You’d think after spending all this money, I would be more careful….sigh….
There! That’s all the costly careless things I have done that I remembered. Having an extra $6,294.00 sitting in my bank would be nice…….think of all the things I could have done with that extra money! That’s like an emergency fund itself! Or if I had dumped that $5,000 into savings back in 2009 (right after the market crashed in 2008), I think I could have doubled my money by now.
Did you have any costly careless mistakes? How much would have saved if you were more careful?