Time vs Money Redux

Saving money is a good thing

Saving time is a good thing.

Somewhere in between, there has to be a balance.  It’s possible to spend far too much time to save very little money.

For example, on September 30th, I left for the Financial Blogger’s Conference.  Thinking I’d be frugal and save a little money, I told my GPS to avoid the toll roads.  According to Google maps, the cheap route should have added 20 minutes to my trip.  Coming into Illinois from Wisconsin on the toll roads, it’s easy to spend that much time waiting to pay the toll, since I don’t own an Illinois magic toll-paying box.

Unfortunately, the little smart-a** suction-cupped to my windshield sent mebthrough every construction zone between Wisconsin  and Schaumberg, Illinois.

That sucks.

I went through a series of little towns with speed limits that randomly changed from block to block.   Road construction had half of the roads down to just one lane.  All told, I saved $3.40, judging by the tolls heading home, but the horrible detour cost me well over an hour and a half of time.

I saved $3.40, but lost 90 minutes.  That’s not a good return on investment.

Just a month ago, I was ripping into my mother-in-law for wasting half an hour to save 75 cents.  Then I have to go and demonstrate how horrible I am at making that save time vs money judgement.

I need to work on that.

What’s the most time you’ve spent to save a small amount of money?

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