When times are good, it’s easy to put unused purchases aside with the intention of returning them to the store later, but they usually end up in the junk drawer, trash or basement. And that is a waste of your hard-earned money.
Even if you include these items in a future yard sale, you’ll take a big loss when you could be getting a cash refund or something useful with that money.
With today’s economy, we can’t afford to be wasteful when a purchase doesn’t work out, even if it’s only a $3 item. These canning lids turned out to be the wrong size for my preserving jars and we could have kept them in case we acquire those jars in the future, but that’s just not likely. Returning such a small purchase is not being cheap, it’s the smart option.
Gifts are items that we tend to feel bad about returning or exchanging, but we shouldn’t be. Many gifts are accompanied by gift sales receipts and that gives you an easy return when things do not fit, are not practical or you just don’t like the gift. And don’t worry about offending the person who gave you the gift in the first place, they have included the gift receipt to make sure you’ll be satisfied with it or a replacement you choose.
When you realize a purchased item is not right, keep the packaging intact along with the receipt and store bag if you have it, then return it as soon as you can for cash, credit refund, or exchange it for something better. It’s just too easy to put these things aside and forget them.
And if you don’t know what to do with that return money, put it into your vacation, entertainment or furniture fund, or better yet, pay off a bill with it.