Not Returning Stuff Costs Money!

Posted by Mrs Money on August 14th, 2009


ret.jpgA few weeks ago I went to the store that sells everything from toothpaste to paint and bought roman shades for the bay window our bedroom. They were well priced, looked nice in the packaging, and were just what I was looking for. Of course they only had three in the size I wanted, so I bought them, hoping that they would restock the size I needed. I checked every time I was in there, and they never restocked them. So I decided I’d just buy two of the inch smaller size and put them on the two outer windows. I figured I’d take the one oddball back to the store and get my money back.

Fast forward two weeks later and I’ve still got the roman shade propped up on the love seat in my living room. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t get around to taking it back. I decided this afternoon that today was the day. I took the roman shade back to the store, got my money back, spent more in the store than I got back, and left. No big deal.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased something, decided I didn’t like it or didn’t need it, and it’s not been returned. I hate when that happens. Sometimes I forget I have the thing, sometimes I can’t find the receipt, and sometimes I’m afraid to take the item back to the store (food).

Here’s what I’ve done to combat the problem. When I get a receipt, I stick it in the secret zipper compartment in my purse after I’m done recording it in my check book register. I leave the receipt there until I know I’m keeping the item, or it’s been a month. Larger purchases I hold onto the receipts longer, but if it’s groceries, I throw it away after a month. If I do have to return something, I put it in an area that I can’t miss it and that inspires me to take it back.

How do you deal with returning items?

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8 Responses to “Not Returning Stuff Costs Money!”

  1. cavewoman says:

    I just end up with christmas and birthday presents for friends a bit earlier.

    And since most of my friends are long-haired hippie chicks like me—-the stuff turns out to be the right stuff.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    Haha! I love that. I have definitely ‘regifted’ too. It’s recycling! I need some IRL long-haired hippie chick friends. 🙂


  2. Miss M says:

    I’m terrible too, I have a pair of shoes that I’ve never worn cause they were too tight. I should have returned them, instead I’ve kept them so long I’m sure it’s too late now. I’m probably just going to donate them instead. A waste of $50.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I am so bad about shoes too. I am always afraid they are going to think I wore them! I can never find shoes that fit right 🙁


  3. Frugalchick says:

    I keep a small organizer for receipts in my purse and if I decide I need to return something to the store, I take the item, tape the receipt on it and put it in my car. That way, when I’m running errands and I passed by the store, I have everything ready.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    Awesome! I love that idea. I’ll have to find a little organizer for in my purse. Maybe an extra checkbook cover will work! Thanks for the idea!


  4. I keep all of my receipts, organized by the month in envelopes, in a shoebox. As I’m putting the amounts into Quicken, if I know the item is going back, I put it in one of the little pockets in my purse so I have it with me when I’m going to the store. Or I’ll give it to Mr. A because he does most of the shopping. When I was a stay at home living below poverty level mom, I always took things back that we weren’t going to use! But now that my time is so limited, I find it much harder. I remember one time a friend of mine, her sister had given her a box of stuff she didn’t want, brand new items! I asked my friend why didn’t her sister just take them back and get the money on them? I was flabbergasted. But now I can understand. It’s just not worth the effort and time, sometimes.



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