Recently, I launched a best and worst consumer experience feature on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide.
I think looking weekly at our best and worse experiences as consumers helps us learn from our successes and mistakes.
Each week, we have dozens of consumer happenings, some good and some bad. Here’s one each of mine for this week:
My best consumer experience: A better price for organic berries
Two weeks ago when I went to the Olympia Farmers Market, I bought a pint of organic blueberries and one of strawberries. The price was $3.50 each or $7.
As I was leaving with my berries, another customer purchased a half a flat of berries. It had six of the pint boxes, and the price was $15. That’s $2.50 a pint.
This week, I selected the half flat, so I saved $1 per pint. And I have more berries.
I think I’ll make a blue berry pie with stevia. I hope it turns out as well as the mulberry pie I made recently.
My worst consumer experience: An expensive car repair
My car broke down on the freeway Wednesday. I was about 10 miles south of Seattle and had to be towed back to Olympia.
The problem was a damaged fuel pump. It cost was $556 for a new one.
My mechanic said the problem could have been caused by the kind of gas I’ve been using, gas from Costco. He said his shop doesn’t often replace the fuel pump in Honda Accords.
I wrote “Does Cheap Gas Damage Your Car?”
Car Talk advises against running your car for 100,000 miles only on cheap gas. They recommend switching back and forth between Tier 1 and Tier 2 gas – maybe every other tank full – to keep your engine running clean. See my post for information on which companies make top tier gas.
Let me know your best and worse consumer experience of the week.