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I’ve been going through a series about billing mistakes and because there are so many of them, I had to split it into 3 parts. Ridiculous. In Part 1, I talked about medical, cable and cell phone bills. In Part 2, I talked about credit card, grocery and restaurant bills. Today we’ll finish off the series and talk about hotel bills and house project/materials invoices. Gah! So many mistakes, so little time…..anyways, let’s get to it!
7. Hotel Charges
This past weekend, the incredible Mrs. iHB planned out am AMAZING surprise anniversary date with me downtown. We had an amazing dinner at a nice little restaurant that was connected to a hotel (I didn’t know this). The only reason I found out is the waitress asked us “would you like me to charge this to your room?” My wife was bummed that she ruined the surprise, but I was pretty excited we got to live it up downtown for the night and the next day! PARTAY!
And speaking of charging it to our room, we realized that you have to be VERY CAREFUL when doing or ordering anything in a hotel. The rule of thumb is; if you touch it, you buy it! The mini bar, fridge and cabinets were stuffed with goodies and snacks to our hearts content. But, knowing that we would pay for every little thing we touched, we opted to just stick with dinner and the breakfast we got the next morning. Upon checkout, I overheard the front desk gal mention to another customer that everything in the fridge and cabinets were weight sensitive, so if they even moved anything and did not put it back, they could be charged for it! WHAT?! That’s crazy talk! Good thing we didn’t touch anything.
We also had to fight to get our breakfast covered. We were given a breakfast voucher, but it was taken by the waiter who delivered it. Upon checkout, they just charged us for the breakfast ($33!) and didn’t say a thing. My wife reviewed the ticket and luckily caught the charge and told the lady that our waiter took the voucher. She had to confirm this, but eventually waived the charge. If we didn’t way anything, we’d have been shorted $33. Good thing Mrs. iHB rocks at catching billing mistakes too!
8. House Project/Material Invoices
As you may have been reading in our weekly wrap-ups, we have been in the middle of some major house projects. It started with building a fence, and now we’re finishing up our patio and pergola. It’s been an all-summer project, but we’re excited to reap the benefits for years to come. We re-used old bricks from a winery downtown, so our patio has a little history that comes with it. All the bricks are weathered and awesome-looking! Our pergola is going to sit over the top of the patio with awesome vines growing over the top, and dangling lights for our late parties.
We got a great deal on the bricks, and ordered most of the wood for the pergola and fence through a lumber company my Dad used to work for. He scored us a sweet price on everything, and even got us free delivery. We over-ordered most of the materials, so the company was able to return a lot of the lumber we didn’t use. The first time they picked up some of the wood, we saw credit on our card within a few days. The last pickup was much bigger, so I was looking at getting about $600 back on the account. Two weeks passed and we hadn’t seen anything. I called my Dad to ask if it usually took a while for larger returns and he just told me “let me talk to them.” He went in the next day and they processed the return within a few days afterwards. Sheesh! I guess they were just hoping I didn’t notice and left $600 on the table.
We Saved a LOT of Money
Some of these categories are recurring savings, some are one-time savings. Over the course of a year, we have SAVED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS just by checking our receipts and making sure we’re not overpaying for anything. Our total savings over one year comes to……*drumroll please….*
Total Savings: $3,254
That’s a ridonkulous amount of money that would have just disappeared if we weren’t double-checking someone else’s work. It is annoying that I can’t just trust everyone who bills me to get it right. I have learned that nobody cares about your money as much as you do. If you want to keep your money, you’re going to have to fight for it.
Comments: Do you double check your hotel charges or materials invoices? Have you caught any errors that a company was just going to ignore and make you pay? What would you do with an extra $3,000? Also, what do people watch on TV now that the Olympics are over? Bachelor Pad?