I consider it a costly lesson learned

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 06:07 PM.

Though I’m over 60 years old, I’m still learning. The lessons here? Don’t lock yourself into a company’s product. Retain your liberty for independent action and to allow competition to work in your favor. Read the fine print. Brand loyalty is fine but loyalty is a two-way street. If it smells funny, it probably is.

So, 146 gallons of propane? $649.55 at $4.449 a gallon. Transportation and safety programs and training surcharges and taxes? That’s another $56.56. Tank rental?  $51.36. Digging the darn tank out and starting over? $1,000. Doing better research before I buy? Priceless.

And much better smelling in the long run.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at fetzerab@ec.rr.com.

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