8.20.2008

Pay it Forward

So Aaron and I started an envelope budget, and with all our travels this month we were left with only 19 for groceries for the rest of the month. Well I thought $19, turns out we had $17. And I had been adding everything up as I put it in the cart. When I got to check out I explained to the teenager behind the register that I only had cash with me, and I had exactly $19, so I would give him the most important stuff first, and if I ran out of money I would put the rest of the stuff back. Well it came to exactly $18.53. So I counted out my money and I only had $17! The teenager was so sweet though. He said, "Hold on, let me see something." And he pushed a few buttons and it rang up $16.53! It seriously made me so happy. It's those little things. And then I went to Home Depot to see if they could mix some old paint for me that was purchased at K-Mart 3 years ago. I figured it would cost me at least a couple dollars, but they did it for free!! Another pleasant surprise!

Anyway then I was putting the paint in my trunk and I saw the fudgesicles I had just gotten at Frye's. I took one out to enjoy while driving home, and I noticed there was this lady fixing the Coke machine outside Home Depot. She had been there when I went in, and was still there when I went out, on a radio and looked really frustrated. I thought I could pay it forward and give her a fudgesicle. So I grabbed one and ran up to her and asked, "Hey wanna fudgesicle?" And she kind of snapped at me, "What?!" And I was like, "Well I just was about to have one myself, I just got them at the grocery store, and I noticed you must have been out here for a long time, and you look really hot, I thought it might cool you off." Then she smiled, and got teary eyed and told me I just made her day. It was fun, because someone had just made my day!

6 comments:

Emily said...

Lauren. You are most likely the nicest person I have ever met! That was a good story.

Also, you and Aaron should check out Mint.com, it's helpful with budgeting :)

One BIG HAPPY Family said...

You are so AWESOME! What an amazing example you are to all of us. O is so blessed to have such a good mommy. :)

Also - to save you $$ on produce, check out www.bountifulbaskets.org I swear I save myself about $100-150 a month by not having to purchase produce from the grocery stores.

Sarah W. said...

I swear you are the nicest person! you are always so thoughtful and sweet! I agree with the others - O is so blessed!!

Jamie said...

That was awesome! You just gave me that "feel good inside" feeling. Thanks!

Christina MC said...

You're awesome! How nice to give and receive.

Nelson, Ashley, Brady & Kodi said...

You would do something like that! I always LoVe your stories! How was your first sunday?