Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Checking out Business Reviews

As a mom and a consumer, I like to read reviews about different businesses and companies. I really enjoy learning about a company that I will be visiting or buying from. It's important to have good products and excellent service. I think it is really easy to put a smile on your face and have a good attitude when you work in customer service. I will be more likely to return somewhere if I receive great service. That goes for everything from grocery stores to restaurants. I am very careful when I spend money. I do research before I even consider purchasing. I also visit the store to get the feel of it. 

When people are buying big purchases it can take a long time to get everything in order. It will take a while to get paper work done and everything ready to go. It's very important that car dealers are extremely patient and caring with their customers. They should spend time answering all of the questions. They shouldn't feel rushed or pressured to finish the deal. A great way to measure a dealership is by their reviews. Not just on the actual car but on their service too. You can find reviews on their website, Facebook and other sites. I like to hop on Twitter and see what customers are saying about a business. 

I know some times people only review when they have something bad to say. Hopefully, we can get in the habit of leaving more positive feedback for others. Besides lots of great feedback, Bob Fisher Chevrolet has been in business for over 40 years. That's a really long time. I also like how accessible their staff is via the website. You can also schedule your service appointments online. I love not having to call during business hours to do things I need to get done.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Visiting Crater Lake

Noah and I love to spend the summer traveling. We don't go many places during the school year. There's just no time to do it. We always go visit my mom during the year.  This summer we added a new state to our list. While we are in California, we went to Oregon to go to Crater Lake. It was beautiful. It was nice to just hop in the car and take an adventure with our family. We had a full car load of my aunt and uncle, my mom, Noah, two dogs and me. I love the idea of adding a new state on our list every year. 

Last year it was New Mexico. I think it only works if we road trip though. My aunt and uncle go across country at least twice a year in the car. Their dogs are very well behaved and you even forget that they are in the car. I highly recommend Crater Lake because it's beautiful. It's also really peaceful. The water was the most beautiful blue. There were also waterfalls which were my personal favorite.  I tried to play a trick. I bought Noah a pocket knife for when he is much older with his name engraved in it. I didn't want him to know that I bought it. He's way too young for a pocket knife. He actually figured out what I bought. I tried pretending that I bought other things. I finally told him that I bought it for when he is older. I thought it was something I wouldn't be able to buy elsewhere.  I wonder how many times I have to say no. 

It's really fun to go on side trips when you are in vacation. It's a great way to get out there and see somewhere new. My aunt and uncle always try to come up with fun things to do, but they are very low key.

We stayed in a motel after leaving Crater Lake. I was thankful that we stayed in a hotel.  I had a really bad headache all night.  I ended up getting very sick all night. The motel kind of gave me the creeps. The next morning, we grabbed breakfast and headed back to California. We stopped at Berney Falls on the way back up to my Aunt and Uncle's house. We had triple scoops of ice cream for lunch. Its always a fun time exploring with them. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shopping with the Lowest Price Guarantee

While I am doing my back to school shopping for Noah, I am trying so hard to save as much as possible. He definitely needs a lot more stuff this school year. While I shop sales and use coupons it's fun to make it a game. It can be easy to overspend and I definitely live in a budget. The brand or store where I shop can make a big difference. Some brands I don't buy even though they are cheaper. Other brands like pencils it doesn't matter. His grade is broken up in to teams and each team has a varying list. I can't wait to find out which team he will be on. I don't like waiting until the last minute. 

I really like when businesses have a Lowest Price Guarantee. This can mean different things. To some stores it means that they will price match. It could also just mean that they have low prices but don't really mean anything by it. Sometimes stuff is cheaper at a box store than at the dollar store. Some places will pay you money if they aren't the lowest price available. It's very important to know all the rules and regulations to their lowest price guaranteed. 

Buchanan Auto Park is the home of the Original Lowest Price Guarantee. If you find a lower price on new and used RAM, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep they will pay you $1,000. That must mean they always have the lowest prices or they would really lose money. You don't have to haggle or try and get a better deal because Buchanan Auto Park has the best prices. You will go in and come out with a great deal.