Extended Warranties

A Reader’s Digest cartoon pictured a man at a service counter being handed back an item he’d left to be repaired. The clerk says, “It was guaranteed for the life of the product, which obviously ended when it broke.”

When I read that I thought, “I can relate to that poor guy in the cartoon.” After having several negative experiences recently with warranty programs that seem to make it as inconvenient as possible to get something fixed, I’ve come to the conclusion that these programs are often just not worth it when you factor in the extra time required to have service performed on their terms instead of what works best for you.

Before you sign up for any extended warranty program, remember to ask what the procedures are for getting service and how long the turn around time will be. Then double it and compare it turnaround time in a local shop.

God wants us to make wise choices which save money, but which also redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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