I was recently in Chicago for a charity event. The events were held at the hotel I was staying at so I ended up eating a handful of meals in the hotel. The following may not come as a surprise to others, but I haven’t travel that much in my life, so it is new to me.
I arrived at the hotel late one night and after a long day of work, I just wanted to unpack and lay around. But I was hungry so I decided to splurge on room service. I order an appetizer (chicken wings) a meal (cheeseburger) and some water. The bill came to $57! Realize that this isn’t a high-end hotel either.
Later that night, the temperature in my room was what seemed like 1000 degrees. I needed water, so I opened the bottle the hotel had conveniently left in my room. The next morning I realized that bottle just cost me $5. (I am convinced they jacked up the room temperature to make me thirsty and in my half-consciousness at 3 am not realize what I was doing).
The next morning, I purchased a bottle of water, a plain bagel and a banana as I was running to the meeting. That cost me $8. The next morning, I had the breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant. That ran my $20!
So, I learned a lesson: do not eat at the hotel! This goes along with:
- Not buying gas at a highway off-ramp
- Wait to buy electronics until after they have been out for some time as the price always comes down.
- Never grocery shop when hungry
- Never use coupons just because there is one. Make sure it is for a product you actually use.
What are your money rules when it comes to buying? Have you ever experienced what I did at the hotel?