Wow! Life in a new city can bring lots of BIG surprises. Last week I was trapped in the snow with frozen windshield wiper fluid and needing a 60,000 mile service. I went into the car dealership and was horrified to hear a quote that seemed enormously high for my 60,000 mile service and the service man telling me that there is nothing mechanically wrong with my wipers but they will have to charge me $132 to clean them out. I decided to walk out and decide what to do next. First I called my last dealer in North Carolina who told me that the service cost $250 less in North Carolina and he told me that he couldn’t imagine how the man could sleep at night charging me $132 to defreeze my wiper liquid. Yep! My gut was right. It was better to walk away from the dealership. How many times have our guts told us to do the right thing? This is true not only with money or relationships but every step in life. Why do you care?This was a big wake up that there is always a better option. It may not have the flashy options that a fancy dealership has but the savings is worth it! I made around 5 or 6 other calls to automotive service places. The quotes ranges from $100 to $686 for the same exact service. It was shocking and a real eye opener. Please let me remind you of the power of shopping around. Don’t believe there is only ONE option. It reminds you that in a relationship you should never settle because there are always other options. If you are feeling stuck financially, please remember that this is true also. It just takes time to do the research and find other options. I love the story of author Robert Allen who went into an unemployment line and found five people who he gave $100 to and trained. He said he could turn them into millionaires. It is a powerful lesson to all of us. If you hear the story of these individuals, you will see that there were many rocky times but they achieved a new sense of financial freedom with hard work, determination and persistence that is available to all of us.
Have a profitable day!