I am a numpty - part 1
I'm at Site this week. Yesterday, during my drive up, I reached into my handbag to check my phone and realised, with a cold sick feeling, that I'd left it at home. Stopped at the Services, where I normally text/phone DH to tell him "I'm OK and have got this far"; tore my bag apart. No phone. Dashed to a phone booth to call home: yes, said DH, my phone was were I'd left it, dangling from the bedside table while it was recharging.
Damn. Damn. Damn! I need my phone when I'm travelling: it's my link with home; my alarm clock; and the main way people can contact me.
Solution: stopped at the supermarket and picked up the cheapest pay-as-you-go mobile phone I could find. £19 plus £10 for the top-up. I'd rather not have spent the money but it'll do for the week and will work as a backup phone/guest phone for overseas visitors. And the top up doesn't expire.
I am a numpty - part 2
As you know, I travel to Site a lot, every second week at the moment. That involves hotel bills, meal bills; mileage claims and buying my lunch, etc. I put the vast majority of my spending on a credit card, while I'm here, so that I don't have to fund my expenses (I claim them back from work and pay before the due date). I've been doing this journey at least once a month for the last three years. The Project has about three months left to run.
About two thirds of my regular grocery shopping is at Tesco, together with 99% of the fuel we purchase for the car. Tesco has a "Clubcard" which enables you to collect points that give you vouchers quarterly of £0.01 for every £1 you spend in store. They also have a Clubcard credit card that gives you points on all your spending over £4 plus double points when you shop "in store". I've had a Tesco credit card for over two years. Got it for a 0% balance transfer and never used it since.
It only occurred to me a week ago that maybe, just maybe, I should be using my Tesco credit card during my trips to Site because (well, d'uh!) I could be getting a free penny for every Pound I spend. Mental head slap time. At an average of £500 a trip, that's an free £5 each time I come to Site.
I AM A NUMPTY!!!
- Pam (better late than ever)