I enjoy this time of year when everything is growing and blooming! I like browsing through rows of plants and trees at the nursery and imagining them in my yard. I know I am an optimist at heart because I always believe that each of those plants will grow up and look just like the picture on the product card! I used to bring home more than I could really plant or manage. Now I am better at setting reasonable limits—the number of plants I bring home, as well as the amount of money I spend.
A few years ago, I was excited to find a beautiful flowering cherry tree, originally $44.98, reduced by 50% to $22.46 in late June. And I even had the cash in my purse! I just knew it would be the perfect addition to my yard. There was a kind and friendly shopper who offered to transport it home for me. Some friends helped me plant it. I could barely wait to see it bloom the following spring. However, it did not survive the rough Ohio winter. It looked like a dried up bunch of sticks with no blossoms at all.
“No problem,” I thought! I went to my Yard Receipts file to get my receipt since there was a one year guarantee.
I found the product card.
I found the tree tag.
I found the 1 year guarantee tag.
But I could not find the actual cash register receipt!!!
And guess what? I did not get a refund!!! ☹
And the lessons I learned?
- Keep what is really important!
- Keep the important stuff where you can find it!
- Take time to read return policies when you buy items!
There is still a bare spot in my yard where the tree used to be. I think I will put a large landscape rock there. And hopefully, I won’t need to return it!
Have you ever misplaced a receipt like I did? Comment below so that I’ll know I’m not the only one!