I'm extremely frugal and find that one of our largest expenses, as a family, are groceries. I cook often, have three mouths to feed, and use the highest quality ingredients I can (after assessing the cost/benefit ratio, of course). One of the ways I save money is by participating in a local farm share.
Yes, it means you may get unusual vegetables and have to be creative in your recipes (a challenge I enjoy). Yes, you have no control over what you get and how much of it. But the overall value is great. Not only is the produce awesome (often organic or as close to organic as it gets), but I get a TON each week. It supports local farms and the food kitchen that it operates out of. Also, one of the employees cooks something each week for farmshare members to try (using some of the ingredients). This week was caesar salad with the collard greens.
Not to mention, it is an AMAZING deal. Seriously. I pay $15 (yes, only $15) and get well over $30-40 of high quality produce each week. If you are local to NYC, check out Corbin Hill Food Project and sign up. You could even go in with a friend/family and share the bounty and the cost. This is one way I save a ton each month on grocery costs :)
Again, for $15, this week, I took home:
2 bunches of organic kale
2 bunches of collard greens
3 green tomatoes
12 apples (of which some are honeycrisp)
3 huuuuuge sweet potatoes
I also got a great free bag too.
I love Carter's. They are a wonderful company that stands behind their products and they deserve a big shoutout. At the beginning of the season, I purchased a winter jacket for Jack. We used it everyday for 5 months and about a week ago, the zipper came completely off - with no way to fix it. I was frustrated as it is now Feb and I was not going to buy another jacket. More importantly, the weather is still cold and next month, we are off on an adventure to a frozen country - and we simply do not have anything to keep Jack warm. I reached out to the company and explained that I must have a defective product, not sure what to expect. But Carter's was ON IT. They immediately emailed saying they are 100% confident in their products and wanted to make sure I was taken care of. They connected me with the company that provides their outwear and within 1 week, I received this awesome replacement jacket. Way to go Carter's - you have my business for sure! PS - they also have great sales, so thanks again for making kid clothes affordable.
I buy a lot of stuff in order to survive. Unfortunately, we live in a era where products are not as well made as they used to be and so it is not uncommon for them to break.
Most recently, my winter jacket ($300), my kid's winter jacket ($50), and his "teach me time" clock ($40) broke or ripped. Each of these items were less than a year old. Instead of replacing each item out of pocket, I emailed the respective companies and explained that I must have purchased a defective product and that I needed it replaced. I sent my name, the order number with the date, pictures of the defect, and my mailing address.
In each case, I was given a replacement or store credit for free. In most cases, the company wants you to be happy with their product and so are willing to do what it takes to make the situation right.
In 2016, I was also able to replace (for free) my vitamix motor, TILE bluetooth key locator, and a pair of Merrell boots. And this is list I can remember. I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting. In fact, I have never been told no by a company when I requested a replacement for a defective or broken item (so long as I do within a reasonable amount of time).
So the moral of this story: if something breaks within a year or so of ownership, contact the company and say it is defective. Chances are you'll get it replaced for free.