3 things I know to be true when it comes to money.
Money isn't everything
You get what you pay for
Money does NOT grow on trees
As I get older and I choose to spend my money on quality items, I naively expect that I will get A LOT for the money that I spend. Not necessarily a lot of product but a quality product that comes with exceptional customer engagement. In the past few years, I've made some rather large purchases... a new mattress... a new couch... appliances etc. Lot's of grown up stuff. Now I'm no spring chicken. Having said that I have never, till recently, spent more than a few hundred dollars on a new couch. Since I knew I wanted a good quality couch, I shopped my money around. My husband and I went to every mid range and high end furniture store in the New England area. I spent months researching, sitting and chatting up sales professionals till I came upon the right store with the right prices for the quality of goods I wanted.
This furniture store chain has a strong presence in my neck of the woods and has been having a resurgence lately in their marketing game. Changed its branding and look. Opened new stores, one just down the street. Now when I decided on this store, it took some convincing to get my husband in the door as he had experienced a horrible customer service encounter with this company, less than a decade ago. My pleas won out when I told him how much they had changed and that their product selection was right up our alley.
Lo and behold we found THE couch. Great sectional, modern lines, American made and I could customize the fabric for a small additional fee. I was psyched. The person helping us was helpful and knowledgeable. She really helped me with fabrics and I felt excited even though I was spending more than I ever had before on a piece of furniture.