Good afternoon from the Lifestyle Support Guru. I don’t normally post on a Saturday afternoon, but a) it’s St David’s Day and b) I have a valuable lesson to share with you.
At some point during your school days you will have been told to ‘read the question’, and with good reason because, by not reading the question, you will have lost valuable marks in a test or exam, won’t you? (And don’t try to fool me by saying you ALWAYS read the question – I am the Lifestyle Support Guru and I know everything!)
Now, as you grow up, you will realise that it’s not the questions you need to read but the prices, so let me tell you a little story about someone close to me – not me, of course, because I would never make such a silly mistake! – who just happened to walk past a little shop in an arcade in a Midlands town (I shan’t give the name of the town because I wouldn’t want this person to be embarrassed at such a silly mistake) and spotted a lovely pair of multi-coloured opal
earrings set in silver which seemed a real bargain at £11. She went in and asked to buy them and the shopkeeper explained how the opals were from Australia and the silver was from Bali, so £11 seemed even more of a bargain! It was when she pulled £15 from her purse that the shopkeeper said – quietly and gently – “I think you may have misread the price.” A quick look at the price tag revealed that they were actually £110!!!
1. Always read the price tag.
2. Anyone lend me £99?