Use Your Warranties!

I’ve had great success calling and making use of warranties with items I buy. And not talking about buying additional protection plans – just the warranty that comes with the items. Here’s 2 short stories on how I’ve gotten use out of my warranties lately!

We have had a handheld Shark vacuum for a few years. It only worked for a year or 2 after we got it, and then the battery stopped holding a charge. I didn’t know what to do with it so it just sat there. I recently posted the picture below on Facebook with a question about what to do. I was ready just to throw the vacuum away! I got some great advice from friends that I should call Shark and see what their customer service could do for me! I was told they are very helpful, so I made sure to call as soon as I could.

When I called, the CS rep that answered wasn’t very friendly. He wasn’t *un*friendly, but he was talking in a weird lilt that seemed to say “I don’t want to be on the phone and I don’t care.” Because of this, I asked to speak to a manager after he said he couldn’t help me much. His only option was for me to buy a new battery for a lot more than I wanted to spend on an old vacuum!

When the manager called me back the next day she was able to do a little better for me. I ended up getting a new battery for the price of shipping. I felt like this was a good compromise and agreed to pay for the shipping. She did remind me I was past my warranty so they technically didn’t have to do anything. I’m thankful they were willing to work with me and help me out!

The battery should be here in a few days. I honestly can’t wait! It will be so nice to have a handheld vacuum in the basement!

The other recent experience I’ve had with using a warranty is on my My Pillow. Did you know they have a 10 year warranty? My My Pillow wasn’t staying as puffy as I’d like it to after only a year. I didn’t have my receipt but they were able to use the tag on the pillow to look up my info and sent me a new one free of charge! In this case I just sent them an email and they replied quickly and were super helpful. It was definitely worth it to shoot them an email.

All this to say, don’t forget that sometimes all it takes is a few phone calls and you might be able to save quite a bit of money! Warranties come with lots of products, and you can always google to find out what kind of warranty your item might have. Even if it doesn’t end up working out, no harm done. It’s definitely worth a call or email!

3 Ways to Save with Twins (Multiples)

You may or may not know that about 3 years ago we welcomed not one but TWO beautiful little boys into this world. There’s no way to really describe what having twins is like unless you’ve been through it. But that’s another post for another day. 

Today I’m talking about the best way to save money with newborn twins. The crazy thing about having 2 babies in the house AT THE SAME TIME is you have to have two of almost everything AT THE SAME TIME. This can make life quite expensive. Here are a few tips we discovered that made the financial side of things manageable. 

1. Borrow! One of our baby gifts from my Sister-in-Law was letting me “store” her baby things between babies. She brought over a crib mattress, jumperoo, pack n play, floor play mat, bumbo, swing, bouncer, baby boy clothes, cups and dishes, and Moby wrap, among other things. This worked out really well for us as we were given 1 of each of most of these, but having 2 was ideal most of the time – especially with swings and bouncers. And honestly, twins in Bumbos make super cute pictures. We also borrowed a Rock N Play from a cousin (I’d never heard of them but it saved our life!) and then gave it right back for their next little one. I’m so thankful for these items and my generous family members!

2. Buy used and resell after! There are tons of local buy/sell/trade sites on Facebook and it’s super easy to find exactly what you need. Just make sure you wash it up good before giving it to baby. We used this option for several larger items – and then I sold it again afterwards so we didn’t have to store them. If we kept it nice, we could often resell for the same price we purchased it used.

3. Find a Twin Mama with twins just a little bit older than yours and buy from her! I’ve been blessed to have found a local Twin Mama who’s boys are a year or so older than my boys. As they grow out of clothes, my boys are growing into them. I love this because I know she takes good care of her boys’ clothes and will sell for a good price, so I love to buy from her. We have bought LOTS of pants and shirts from her – as well as some other items. 

These are the 3 ways we’ve used the most to save money on stuff for our twins! Do you have any tips for Moms of Multiples?