Thursday, September 13, 2007

Coffee is good!

Ahhhhh....That's better! I'm sitting here with my morning coffee and the twitching in my right eye has finally stopped. Coffee is good!



Yesterday morning I decided that I would kill two birds with one stone after I dropped the kids off at preschool. I got a cup of coffee at McDonald's which just so happened to be located in Wal-Mart. I figured the sooner I got a cup of coffee the better and since I had to get a new coffee pot I figured what better place to do it than Wal-Mart. I knew it would be cheaper than anywhere else. I was enjoying my cup of coffee and checking out the coffee pots and was elated to discover that I could purchase just the pot and that they had the coffee pot I needed for my coffee maker but then crushed to realize it was in white. My coffee maker was black.



I searched the shelves for a black Mr. Coffee pot but there were none. There wasn't even a space for one. Good ole' Wal-Mart! So I stood there trying to figure out how goofy a white handled coffee pot would look sitting on a black coffee maker when I noticed the price...$9.86!? What? $9.86! You've got to be kidding me! The whole coffee maker only cost me $24.99 which admittedly was on sale from $29.99, but still!! A replacement pot is going to cost me $9.86? That made my decision about the color much easier. I'm not spending $9.86 for a WHITE handled pot if my maker is BLACK. So I hoped in the car and headed to Target.



I immediately headed to the coffee pot section because I had other errands to run and didn't want to get trapped browsing through the $1.00 bins. A girl could get lost for hours in those things! They had the coffee pot and yes! They had it in black. Excellent! I grabbed one and glanced at the price sticker on the shelf...$14.99. $14.99! What? The pot at Wal-Mart was $5.00 cheaper! I was hot! I knew Target was more expensive than Wal-mart. I knew that going in...but $5.00!! It was like a slap in the face. But I had to do it. I had to have the pot and I had to have it match the coffee maker.



If I was a different sort of person (cheap, like my husband) I would have driven back to Wal-mart and gotten the cheaper pot but that's not the kind of person I am. Things have to match and sometimes you have to pay a price to have things look good. I'm not that kind of person who's tastes are a little eclectic, a little kooky and a little cool and could handle a mismatched coffee pot. I am more straight-laced and nerdy. I play by the rules. Things have to match or I can't concentrate. I just couldn't look at a mismatched coffee maker for the next couple of years just to save $5.00.



So, while I'm enjoying my coffee this morning it's leaving a slightly bitter taste in my mouth as I realize that the cost of my new pot is more than half of what I actually paid for the whole thing new. Oh, well...it sure does look pretty on my counter top!

6 comments:

Pam said...

I'm sitting here wondering what I would have done. I think I would have gotten the black to match the rest of the machine, but come to think of it, I would have had a white coffee maker to start with. I say would have because I don't have one, so you can just look for me getting lost in the $1 bins!

Catherine said...

I can definitely relate to this dilemma. A few years ago, I broke my coffee pot - coincidentally in exactly the same way: a tiny triangular-shaped piece got nicked out of the bottom edge when I knocked it against the faucet. I trotted off to Target to replace it and horror of horrors, not only did they not have the matching color, they had only "universal coffee pots". They didn't even have the Krups brand carafe. Desperate for caffeine, I bought it but dreaded the thought of the mismatch. How would I bear looking at that daily? Then I remembered that I had bought a coffee maker for work...a Krups coffee maker...and it was the same color as the one I had at home! I could substitute the Krups carafe from work for the "universal coffee pot" I had just bought at Target. However, I was faced with a moral dilemma. While I had bought the coffee maker, my colleague had bought the grinder. Did that make the coffee maker a group resource that I should not pillage without the permission of my coworkers? I gathered them together, plied them with good strong coffee, and explained the situation. They all agreed I should take the Krups carafe home and leave the "universal coffee pot" in the office. What I don't know is whether they would have done the same themselves or whether they just knew how particular I am and thought it would be best not to upset my tenuous hold on my sanity!

Pam said...

I thought of you today. I saw a black Mr. Coffee coffee maker new-in-the-box today at Goodwill for $8.

Your Loving Husband said...

So this is how I find out that you spent $14.99 on a carafe? Couldn't we have slapped some 100mph tape on the broken one and gotten by with it?

Anonymous said...

A coffee purist would never dream of allowing duct tape adhesive to spoil the taste of a good cup...

Honey said...

This post made me laugh! I would've been so torn on wanting to get the more expensive black one, but also wanting to save money and getting the white one. Most likely I would've called my husband to get his opinion and knowing him, he would've gone with the cheaper one which would not have been the answer I was looking for. Anyway, in the end, I would have bought the black one. So I agree with you, it would just take me longer to get there because I am too indecisive. And by the way, I don't think it makes much sense to have a black coffee maker and white coffee pot, I don't care how eclectic whoever's trying to be! But that's just my opinion : )