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.