Everyday Stuff

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM EDT

Why do mundane things take up so much of my time? My car needed an oil change and tires rotated, so I got up early the other day and headed for my local car dealer.

I had received a coupon in the mail for the work I needed done. $29.95 for the job. Not bad , I thought. Well, turns out I didn't read the fine print.

It seems the cost of the visit was actually $39.95, but then they give you an Internet website to call up and you can apply for the $10.00 rebate to make up the actual advertised difference. OK , simple enough. Oh no, not quite. It turns out you have to call up this website and then fill in a couple of pages of information. Then , after you've spent time doing that, you have to print out a copy of the rebate offer and add that to another copy of your actual bill from the dealer. Then, you have to bundle that all up and put it into an envelope and send it to some rebate office address.

At some point, provided I haven't made any mistakes in filling out all the forms, I will receive a VISA card in the mail, with $10.00 credit on it.
After all that work, I'm now laying in bed at night worried to death that I might have made a mistake on the forms somewhere and will be disqualified from the rebate altogether!

Shouldn't I have better things to worry about?