Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I received my free Woman's Day magazine and my husband received his Popular Mechanics. Today, I got my Costco anniversary rebate - $18.XX. Since I signed up for the executive membership, I believe they have a guarantee of atleast $50 - so, I will be asking for my almost $32 back. In addition, I don't plan to renew my membership. First of all, it is out of the way. Secondly, I am a coupon shopper, so, there isn't much that's much cheaper there for me. So, for now, I can say I tried it and it doesn't for us. I guess thirdly, my husband has moved to an area without a Costco - so, we need it even less. My daughter learned the lesson of making a phone call and saving a few bucks. She returned her LL Bean backpack - but before she returned it, she asked if she'd still get free shipping and monogramming like her returned item. They said yes. I got an e-mail statement saying it was an even exchange. But I got a bill in the mailbox for $6 in monogramming fees. I asked my daughter to call and straighten it out. In two minutes, they had it taken care of - she said - wow, in 2 minutes, I saved $6. So, our rental condo had a week's booking drop off starting this Saturday. I asked my husband to call and find out - was some broken? Wouldn't you know it, we now have an 8 day reservation. Was it coincidental - or was is the they know we are monitoring the reservations? Today, before heading to the "Y" - I called and asked the exact date our membership would discontinue. The person answering said I have to stop attending the end of this month - but, that they would draft another payment in October since we turned in our termination notice 2 days after it drafted this month. My husband was told our membership ends 30 days after the last draft - making this 14 November. So, my husband is going to call back tomorrow morning and find out what the real deal is.