Welcome to the life of an occasional spend-all-the-money-in-the-world impulse shopper who sometimes uses a coupon but tries mightily to save money where she can. Each week I will be sharing one (or more) of the ways I saved our family money or time. Or both. The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.
For the last few years, we have picked up our boys’ Halloween costumes at Costco. They come out in like August, have TONS of styles to choose from, are generally full costumes (accessories, suit, mask) and are a CRAZY good price. One year I thought I could be crafty and make their costumes. One year. Sometimes it is better to just admit where your strengths DON’T lie and make it easy on yourself.
This year was no different. We let the kids pick out their favorites, tucked them away in the closet and forgot about them. We won’t let the kids touch them until close to Halloween because, they’re crazy. We’d like them to trick or treat with costumes that aren’t full of holes and still actually snap in the back. This past weekend, we decided to pull them out and just double check that everything fit right and figure out what the kids would need to wear under their costumes if is cold.
We have an amazing little samurai warrior and A TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE WITHOUT A SHELL. I swear I checked each costume up and down for all the parts before we bought, but the belt that comes with the costume is giant and I’m pretty sure I thought it was the shell. So we have no shell. A turtle without a shell. Praise all that is holy that we didn’t wait until Halloween morning.
What are our options?
Fairly certain Costco does NOT have any more turtle costumes, but that’s the first thing to check. Can we just swap it out for a full costume? Just like I thought, all the shelled turtles are safely nestled in other kids’ closets.
Make a shell? How can I accurately describe how hilarious this question is? If I was a normal human being that could make things stick together in a crafty sort of way, of course this would be an option. Next.
If it were any other store than Costco, I would probably have just moved on and bought a darn shell and grumbled about it. But Costco is awesome. They would have returned the whole costume, but my son really wanted to be a turtle and the price was SO GOOD and the costume is good quality and it FITS. So I asked if they would be willing to do a partial refund. Of course, they said. They refunded me almost one third of the total cost of the costume, just for missing a shell. I was able to take that money and put it towards the purchase of a new shell on Amazon (thank goodness for Prime and fast shipping). I only ended up paying a few extra dollars to complete our costume.
My point? Shop at stores that are awesome and don’t just assume that they won’t want to or be willing to help. Stand up for your money, friends.
If you are not a returner, I understand. But I am. I’ve said on more than 172 occasions that I should start a business being a returner for everyone else.
Are you a returner? What are your favorite stores to shop at with great return policies?
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