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A humbling experience at the grocery store

January 7th, 2013 at 08:59 am

On Saturday I went grocery shopping at Aldi. It's a weekly habit, since the prices there are so cheap. If you've shopped there before you know that you have to pay with cash or a debit card only, as they don't accept credit cards.

I transferred some money from our main account to my checking account to cover my debit card transaction. Apparently I didn't transfer enough and my card was denied at the cash register. I took one thing out of the cart. A manager had to be called to void the item. It still wasn't enough. I had to take another thing out of my cart. Then it went through.

The line was building behind me and I felt like all eyes were on me. I was really embarrassed.

I wondered if people pitied me. We had the money, just not in the right account. But that got me thinking about people who don't have enough money and have to do this all the time. How do they feel? Do they feel embarrassed or shamed? Or are they used to it?

I certainly made me think.

2 Responses to “A humbling experience at the grocery store”

  1. North Georgia Gal Says:

    When I didn't have money and this happened I was always embarrassed. But now that I budget so good I don't worry about what other people are thinking.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I can see how that would be embarrassing. I'm sure it wasn't the first time they've had it happen there though.

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