February 17, 2010

I don't think that's a compliment...

Jason's starting to lose his patience with me, I can tell. How? He's started calling me "Rachel," as in Jennifer Aniston à la Friends. But, hi? I'm short, pale, and dark, so we know it's not because we look the same. Remember how she always returned all her gifts people gave her? Yeeeeah...

I've developed this really bad habit of buying home decor items, using them for a week, then deciding I don't like them, and I return them (most recently: a Ballard Designs dish rack). Or, I order something from their online website, it arrives, and I don't like anything about it in person (most recently: SureFit slipcovers). Or, I order something, it arrives, and suddenly I figure out how to get the look for a whole lot cheaper by DIY-ing it (most recently: Pottery Barn drop cloth slip covers).

Half the time, I don't even want to tell him what I'm buying or why anymore. And the worst part, I feel so awful because I feel like I'm wasting money (even if I am returning stuff for refunds--ooh, that reminds me, SureFit hasn't refunded our money yet...).

Right now, the only silver lining to him having to deploy soon is I'll no longer have to endure that eye-roll, big sigh, and "What are you returning now?" combo he's adopted recently. But that's a very tiny silver lining. I think I'd rather have him home complaining.


  1. You are not the only one who does this! It's simply a way of exercising your consumer rights!! :) That's why they have return policies!

  2. Thanks for the peptalk! ;) And you're absolutely right--that IS why they have return policies, isn't it?!

  3. If it is not right, it is not right, and therefore needs to be returned. Since I am the one who reconciles the credit card bill each month, I am the one who deals with the headaches returns can cost. My only beef with returns is when you are out the shipping costs on stuff. *sigh* That's a little punch in my frugal gut, and so I try to be very judicious with online ordering.

  4. @Jk--I usually try and catch items that either offer free shipping, offer discounted return shipping, or have a physical store that I can return things to (after getting free shipping to me). Pottery Barn happens to be about 30 minutes from us, so I do a lot of the buy-online-with-free-shipping-take-it-back-to-the-store-if-I-don't-like-it.


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