Well, something I wasn't prepared for with home ownership is door to door solicitation.
This morning a woman knocked on the door and gave an impassioned speech about the importance of conserving clean water and before I knew it I was signing my name on a petition that I'm not completely sure I agree with but what kind of barbarian says no to clean water? Plus, it was raining and the woman was soaking wet and I felt bad for her.
Just as I handed the clipboard back to her she conveniently told me that "most of the neighbors are giving $25 today to cover them for the whole year." I told her I didn't have any cash, which was true, but then she said she would take a check. I told a little white lie and said my husband took the checkbook to work, but then she said if I had a smart phone and an internet connection she could show me how to do it online.
I could not stump her.
So I just told her I'd "put the check in the mail."
Later in the afternoon the doorbell rang again, and when I answered it the man standing there said, "Oh hi hun, can I talk to the homeowner?"
And I said, "Oh hi sir, I AM THE HOMEOWNER."
He seemed a little taken aback, but he introduced himself as Marvin, and apologized and told me I looked too young to own a home.
That might have been a sales tactic, but I still wasn't buying what Marvin was selling, which in actuality was an ADT home security system that miraculously went down in the monthly price every time he mentioned it.
"Twenty five dollars a month is a small price to pay for peace of mind!"
"When you come home at night and it's cold and windy and something in your house doesn't seem right, you'll be happy you signed up to pay twenty dollars a month for security!"
"If your husband has to go away overnight, you can both rest easy that you paid that ten dollars a month to keep you safe at home alone!"
I told Marvin I wanted to discuss it with Matt before I signed up for anything, and he said, "Okay. But you're really going to have to sell him on it, because 99% of husbands say no."
You know what Matt doesn't say no to buying?
It's a shame Marvin didn't have any of those to sell.