When it comes to watching your pennies and getting value for your money, I couldn’t have wished for a better mentor than my late father. If he’d bought something that had a defect or didn’t live up to the hype, he had no problem returning it or phoning the company to tell them how disappointed he was with their product. I’d often think if only I could be more like that. These days with things costing more I think it’s a necessary skill and one I put to use at the weekend.
On Friday evening I bought five rolls of sod for the front yard. Yes, I should have unrolled them and checked them out but I was tired, in a hurry and wanted to install them first thing on Saturday morning. When it came time to do just that I noticed the first two rolls were brown and most of the grass dead. The other three rolls weren’t that great but I knew with some TLC I could coax them back to health. I’d kept my receipt and decided to phone the store to tell them about the problem. At first I thought I’d just take the two dead rolls back and ask for an exchange but after thinking about my trouble for doing that plus the fact that the other three rolls weren’t that great, I decided to be like my dad. I asked if I could bring back the two and if they’d give me an extra three rolls for my trouble. Yes, I had to speak to a couple of people to get them to agree but they finally said yes. Lesson learned here, check the merchandise before you buy it because obviously stores aren’t doing it these days.
I just got assigned an article about free things we writers can use to help stretch our budgets. It got me thinking and for this week’s article I’m going looking for freebies just about anyone can use. Plus, another recipe.
Some articles of interest-
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Best drugstore mascaras-
Don’t waste money on your car-
Make Your Own Detergents
Have a good week.