A penny saved is a penny earned sounds like a good thing to do. But sometime it can be costly if it interferes with our health.
My classmate and I decided to visit a college friend of ours. Our intention was to hire a rickshaw to get there. It was a hot afternoon, the sun was bright and hot. There was no breeze. Our budget was about one hundred pennies anymore, would be too much for us.
We walked a few yards to get a rickshaw. It was getting hard to find one. We almost walked half the distance. We saw one and stopped him. We asked how much the fare was to get to our destination. The man looked at us,he knew it was very hot that day,he thought he could ask any amount and we’d accept,when he quoted his price we didn’t accept. We told him how much we’d like to pay ,he wouldn’t budge and went away. We had no choice we continued walking . We stopped a second one, he asked even more when we already walked three-fourth of the distance.
We declined and decided to keep walking. We were almost close to her house, I said to my classmate, “We are near her house, she must not know we walked all this distance.”
“Let’s hire a rickshaw now, it would be cheaper.” she said.
There were a lot of them parked where we were. They were looking for passengers.I asked what the fare would be, he asked for twenty-cents. We were delighted and happily rode the rickshaw and reached our friend’s house. I knew we couldn’t tell her we walked most of the way, not only she wouldn’t let us forget this incidence, she’d tell all our friends how cheap we were.
Did we really save pennies we thought we would? I doubt we did. We had severe backache and sunburn. The lesson we learned was we must never try to save money at the cost of our health.