Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What I Learned from the Organic Meat Salesmen

Remember last week when I took the kids to the fair by myself? On the way out of the fair I was stopped by a guy at a booth who asked,

"Would you like a chance to win a years supply of organic meat?"

What I should have said,
"No thanks."

What I did say,
"Sure, why not?"
 I mean who doesn't want to win free food right?

Well, they called. Not because I had won the food, but because they want to set up an in home appointment with me.

What I should have said,
"No thanks."

What I did say,
"Sure, next Wednesday would be fine."

He came to my house and talked me into buying 3 years worth of organic meat people, 3 YEARS! And because we have no where to store all this meat, he conveniently sells a sub zero, best-on-the-market, indoor or outdoor freezer. For only $3,000.

At this point he had been in my house for 2 hours, my kids were tired of sitting quietly and it was dinner time. I wanted him out of the house! So, sure sign me up for that amazing deal! Anything to make you go away.

Later I told my husband what I had done. He didn't think it was such a great idea, but since I do the food shopping he trusted me.

I knew it was a bad idea and I felt sick all weekend. I called Monday morning and tried to cancel the ridiculous order. The sales man wouldn't let me! I called my hubby and asked him to call. He said 'nope, you do it.' Ugh. I called back and he still wouldn't let me cancel. Then, I talked to the owner of the company. I was crying on the phone because I didn't want all this stupid meat, but the owner said he couldn't let me out of the deal, but he would pay the first month bill for me. Double Ugh. I called my hubby in tears! So, thankfully he called the owner and took care of it. I am pleased to tell you that we are not getting 3 years of frozen organic meat and a stupid freezer to go with it.

So here is what I learned from the organic meat salesman.

#1 Just say no! 
No to trying to win free food.
No to letting you come talk to me about you product.
And, no to your product!

#2 Don't buy anything without your husband!  
My new rule: I don't spend money with out my husbands approval. I usually don't anyway, but I think that because I wanted him gone, I just said yes. This is where I should have reverted to rule #1 and just said no! My girlfriend said that her family has a rule that if they are going to spend more then $100 they have to consult the other one first. Love this idea! From now on I can say, "Sorry, I can not agree to anything until I speak with my husband."

#3 Just say no! (are you sensing a theme?)

If someone says, 'I need your answer right away.' Then the answer is NO! If you can not take a day or two to think about it, then it is not worth it.

#4 My husband rocks!
I am so thankful that he took time out of his day to call the company for me. I am even more thankful that he didn't get mad at me. I mean really, I just bought 3 years worth of frozen food and he just laughed at how silly I am!

My mom told me that when she and my dad were first married and had no disposable income, they got talked into buying an expensive set of encyclopedias. So I guess it runs in the family?!

So, please share. Have you ever been talked into buying something crazy that you shouldn't have? Tell me I am not the only one who got duped by the meat sales man!!


  1. What a story! And what a lesson learned! Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it's a very valuable lesson, especially for young people, to learn.

    Since my husband and I both have a huge amount of sales resistance (perhaps a little too much!) we never did anything like that. But I can tell you that we bought a set of encyclopedias years ago from a pawn shop for only $50! Apparently someone else spent $3000 for an "educational system" and we were able to buy it when they got rid of it!

    What a blessing that your husband called the company for you! My hubby has bailed me out of many a stew that I created all by myself! ;)


    1. A lesson learned for sure! What a steal you got on the encyclopedias! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Leigh Anne, this made me literally laugh out loud...not at your misfortune, but because I could so see myself in the same position. And then the panic of 'oh no, what have I done!'

    We have an understanding that anything over $50 we discuss first. It would have to be pretty important since we are trying to pay off student loans as fast as possible!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us! (I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my ummm...rash decision making? :) )


    1. Glad to make you laugh! I laugh every time I think about it! How silly am I?! No, you are not alone- glad to know I am not either! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I had something similar happen over replacement windows. I was a newlywed at the time and struggled with the sales pitch just like you did. Fortunately the state of Maryland has a 3 day right to cancel clause, which I did as soon as my husband stopped yelling at me :)