TSA#37 – Write a letter

Jul 30, 2012 by

If you learned anything from watching the amazing film Summer School, it is the importance of writing a letter.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, you need to get your priorities straight and make it happen, but the lesson to be learned here is that if you have a defective product, write the company a letter.

I got a great pair of shoes for my birthday from my lovely wife, and they were great shoes, but they wore out really fast.  They started falling apart a couple of seams had ripped.  So I wrote Skechers a letter and sent them my old shoes and a week or so later they sent me a brand new pair.

Its just that easy.  And this works 90% of the time.

Here is how you do it.

First, be nice.  If the product has failed they will normally be more than happy to replace it.  There is no point in starting off yelling or being rude.

Second, in the age of email, this could not be easier.  Simply find their website and contact info and send them an email detailing the problem with the product.  Include any pictures if they are relevant.

Third, don’t abuse the system.  Most companies want their products to work and last and they want happy customers.  That doesn’t give you the right to use the system to get never ending supply of free stuff.  If the product failed you should let them know and give them the opportunity to fix it.  That’s it.  And remember to be nice.

So your summer school homework for this week is to write one letter.  If you have something you purchased that broke or wore out much quicker than it should have, write them a letter and let them know.  You’ll be amazed at the results, and please come back and share them in the comments.  Also see Summer School.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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TSA #31 – Move Your Money (for real this time)

Jun 18, 2012 by

Remember when you were all mad at the banks and there was that big push to get everyone to move to a credit union.  Remember when you said to yourself, “hey, no fees, I can actually earn interest from my money, this actually sounds like a great idea!”.  Remember when you didn’t do anything and your money is still sitting in the big bank?

Well its not too late.  It’s still a good idea now and there is still time for you to move your money.

The big banks still suck.  They are still charging you fees to access your money that you don’t need to pay.  You can switch to a local bank or credit union and get all of the features and more of the bank you are at now, except you won’t be paying for them.  Stop wasting your money and make the decision that THIS is the week and get it done.

Your TSA for this week is to move your money out of that big bank that is screwing you over and into a local credit union.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Find a credit union
  2. Follow this simple checklist.
  3. Go buy yourself a nice milkshake with the money you are saving and smile.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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TSA #6 – Start off the new year with a clean room

Jan 1, 2012 by

As the new year begins its time to clear out the junk you don’t need and start the new year off right.

I just finished a 52 week project where I got rid of somethingI didn’t need, want, or use anymore.  I got rid of a lot of clothes, a lot of old electronic gadgets, some kitchen items and just a lot of miscellaneous stuff I didn’t need anymore.

My house is now less cluttered and I even made some money doing it.

Start off the new year with a clean space.  Clear out the stuff you don’t need, use, or want anymore and let yourself start off the new year a little more organized.

The 1AW project was so successful for me that I am going to continue it through 2012 and I hope you will join me.

Take sometime this weekend and spend the day cleaning out the house, or garage or just one room.  Haul all that stuff down to the Salvation Army and donate it to someone who could use those things.

Then join me in 2012, where each week we will look around our space and find something that you don’t need, use or want anymore and get rid of it.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new
TSA#5 - Celebrate Christmas

 

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1-A-Week: Week 52 – One year complete!

Dec 29, 2011 by

I have now completed 52 weeks of my 1 A Week project where each week I got rid of something I did not need need, want, or use anymore.

This project has been a huge success for me.  My house has less clutter, my life has more space for important things, and my wallet is over $700 richer.

I made exactly $701 over the year of getting rid of stuff each week.  Most of that money was selling my old electronics and miscellaneous stuff on eBay or Craigslist.  34 of those weeks I gave the items away to Goodwill and such.  The remaining 18 weeks, I sold the items on eBay or Craigslist.

For this last week I tore apart my garage looking for the hardware that goes with the truck shell I got rid of last week.  Alas I did not find them, but I did find a lot of misc construction material I am going to donate to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore stores.  If you’ve never been to a Restore store, check them out.  They sell donated and leftover building materials and have some great deals if you are doing some DIY projects.

I am really happy I started this project and I think I will continue this on for next year.  I hope you will join me.  Start the new year off right and make a commitment to de-clutter your life this year.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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1-A-Week: Week 50-51: Out with the old

Dec 23, 2011 by

I didn’t post last week so I have two things to get rid of this week.

As I wrap up this 52 week experiment I’m finally getting rid of something I’ve been meaning to get rid of all year.  I haven’t gotten rid of it yet because I need some help moving it, as its a little big and bulky.  But finally the old truck shell from my old Ford Ranger will be gone.  My friend is going to help me drag it from the side yard and get it out front so I can give it away on Craigslist.  I haven’t had that truck for quite some time, but yet the shell has sat on the side of my yard waiting to go.  So finally it goes.

Also we got some new luggage for ourselves for Christmas this year so I’m going to get rid of some of our older falling apart luggage as well.

Only one week left for this years 1-A-Week experiment.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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1-A-Week: Week 49: Old Christmas junk

Dec 9, 2011 by

As I get the Christmas decorations down from the attic I get to find all of these treasures and orphaned pieces.

Some lights work, some don’t.  Some pieces that were once a set are now all alone.  And so out they go to some lucky soul on Ebay.  They will add nicely to their collection I’m sure.  So I add to that persons joy and get it out of my house.  Happy bidding and Merry Christmas!

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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