A 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?