Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Free Brain Freeze. Not Applicable to Those Without Brains.

So, my big plan was to stop by Ben & Jerry's for free ice cream on my way to my 4:30 p.m. volunteer job. I thought, since it was during the workday and chilly out, that getting there by about 3:55 would be enough time to wait in line and then walk over.

Ha. Ha ha ha.

As I was driving down the road toward the ice cream shop, I noticed something: Lots of teenagers holding ice cream cones. Somehow it had totally escaped me that while a lot of adults are still at work at 4 p.m., KIDS are out of school by then. Like, duh.

Also, afternoon traffic was slow. By the time I put my car in the free (for the first 2 hours) garage and walked over the the B&Js, it was 4:15. We would barely have time to buy ice cream and walk to my volunteer job if there was NO line.

Yet somehow I had let it slip to my 4-year-old that we were going for a treat. That's how I ended up around the corner at the Cold Stone Creamery, home of the world's most expensive ice cream.

But there on the menu, it said "kids cones" were 49 cents. What a deal! Wow, I said to the kids, I'd way rather pay a measly buck than wait in that long line.

I ordered one for Nutmeg and even one for baby Pebbles. I was expecting a tiny scoop on a little cone. They actually gave them huge scoops, more than they could eat, with a free mix-in.

Again, I'm thinking, this is a hell of a deal. Then the guy rings it up: $5.63.

Turns out, the kids' CONE is 50 cents. The ice cream? That costs extra.

Guess it was too good to be true.

Well, there's always next year, when I'm sure I will get it together to take the girls over to B&J nice and early in the day. But this year, Free Cone Day is officially a frugal flop for me.