Friday, August 15, 2008

Frugal Friday . . . Warranties on Light bulbs!?

Many manufactures have limited warranties on things. Some even have lifetime warranties. The key to these warranties is that you have to be willing to read the fine print and save your receipts. My husband purchased Sylvania brand fluorescent light bulbs. He noticed the warranty.

Sylvania fluorescent light bulbs have a warranty of 7 years – keep the receipt and a proof of purchase and you just send those two things along with the light bulb, your name and address and they will send you another – free. So these are worth the investment. There may be other brands that have warranties.

This next portion is actually from my husband. He says:

If you are even remotely handy with cars, most car parts purchased at your local Auto Supply retailer have some sort of warranty such as lifetime replacement or one-year 12,000 miles or more.

For instance, my father bought a new alternator for a car and installed it himself. Two years later that alternator became faulty and he took it back in along with his receipt to redeem the lifetime warranty. The attendant at the counter was amazed that someone actually followed through with the warranty requirements, and out he walked with his new alternator.

This just goes to show you that a little record keeping could save you a lot of money in the long run.

If you are wondering how to store all of your warranty paperwork, you could make up a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves and staple the receipt to any paperwork or proof of purchase that you might have and keep that three ring binder on your bookshelf.

You can see more frugal ideas at Biblical Womanhood.


  1. You are right! I kept the receipt on a ceiling fan we had, and we were able to get a brand new one when the motor burned out on ours. Also, if you make your purchase on a credit card, many cards automatically double the warranty up to a year. I got a brand new CD/Clock/Radio to replace mine that broke thanks to my credit card company (and I didn't even have to buy the exact same brand!). I keep all my warranty information in a self-contained, hard-sided alphabetical accordian file sold at office stores. It makes finding the warranty info and receipt a breeze!

  2. Wow...I am definitely going to have to start saving our receipts. My husband does all of our car repairs, and will love that there is a warranty to back up all of the parts!

  3. Okay 1) I grew up in South Bend, Indiana!
    2) Are you talking about Dave Ramsey as in Peace University? Save $10,000 emergency egg, use envelope system Dave? WE LOVE HIM!!! Took a class in him and use envelopes weekly.
    Each week we fill, then that's it!
    love Dave Ramsey!!!!
    and now you are my best friend!!!!


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