The other day I was talking with a colleague at work who was complaining about having to buy her kid yet ANOTHER backpack for the new school year. Her kid is a lot like I was when I was in high school: taking honors and AP classes and lugging around multiple text books and notebooks around at any given time. And that’s rough on backpacks. When stuffed to capacity and lugging serious weight in books around, the backpacks take a beating.
But what my colleague didn’t realize was that all these backpacks have lifetime warranties. See, her kid (like me when I was in school) carries Jansport backpacks. And all of their backpacks come with lifetime warranties, which my siblings and I used multiple times.
Though I haven’t used Jansport’s warranty in about a decade, it was really easy to use. You basically sent the backpack back using this form and in a month or two they’d send you your backpack back good as new. This saved our family so much money when we were in school lugging tons of books around.
So if your kid deemed their Jansport backpack from last year unusable because of a tear or a broken zipper or any other problem, check out their warranty page and try sending it in! My colleague is doing so, and hopes to not have to buy her kid another backpack for the rest of his high school career.
Love From Others
- Jane from Solving the Money Puzzle mentioned our most recent balance sheet in her Financial Non-Update.
- Our inaugural Happy Friday post with teeny tiny turtles was included in the Lifestyle Carnival at Money Soldiers, and in Nicole & Maggie’s Linken McLoverton, and in Savvy Financial Latina’s Credit Card Statement You Want To Forget.
- Our ongoing adventures in renovating the garage were included in Common Cents Wealth’s Weekly Recap, and in the Lifestyle Carnival.
- Mama PoP’s post on the Gift of Time was included in the Carnival of Retirement at Bite the Bullet Investing, and in the Carnival of Personal Finance at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.
- Evolving PF mentioned our recent He Said She Said on whether I’m gleaning or stealing in her Favorite Posts of the Week.
- Mr PoP’s post on the Booming Economy and Expensive Assets was included in the Financial Independence Carnival over at Reach Financial Independence and in the DQYDJ Weekender at Don’t Quit Your Day Job.
- Funny About Money included our post Office Shakedown – Charity At Work in her August Roundup.
- Our post on the Mystical Qualities of Cash was included in Claire’s Corner at the Ready For Zero blog, and Funny About Money wrote a great follow-up based on her actual experience of switching between Cash and Credit.
- People seem to like it when we knowingly overpay, like Eyes on the Dollar in her School Supplies Roundup, Budget Blonde in Writing Wrap Up, and Micro’s Missions in Interesting Reading For the Week.
- And lastly, over at Stacking Benjamins, Joe included our musings on the creepiness of data driven marketing in his most recent Stack as did Nell from Million Dollar Diva in her Election Weekend Roundup.
Love For Others
- Stop over to Frugal Portland where Kathleen has shared some touching memories about her mom, who died last month in Black Clouds and Silver Linings.
- Over at Budget Blonde, Femme Frugality stopped by with a guest post on why booking a limo instead of a taxi can be cheaper and more fun in the right circumstances.
- At Consumerism Commentary, Flexo bemoans the rise of subscription culture, where we don’t own anything anymore. I like subscriptions for things that I only want to use once and be done with (like Hulu), and I’ve been known to sign up for a subscription to consumer reports and cancel it after a month when I’ve finished. But if I want to own something permanently and the option to buy it outright isn’t available it does annoy me a bit.
- Lastly John from Frugal Rules expands his Taking the Plunge series on self employment by describing a recent employment offer his wife received and the implications for their family business.