The Rain Soft guy arrived at 5 pm on Friday. As he was setting up, I mentioned that we had to leave for dinner in 45 min. Apparently his presentation was going to take, at the minimum, one hour. Really? About water softeners?
Anyway, I started asking him some questions because I was genuinely curious about water softeners. Their company does a cost analysis for you on what you are spending on soaps, cleaners, etc for hard water. They say that they can actually save you money if you buy their water softener system because it comes with enough soaps, detergents, cleaners, etc for a year.
The interesting part about their soaps, at least for me, is that none of them are free and clear and they are heavily scented with peach. Yuck. The guy asked what kind of laundry detergent I use and I said that I make my own. Then he said that we'd save on dishwasher detergent. I make my own, although not for long because the chemical-laden stuff I usually buy works a lot better. He said the cleaners would replace things like Windex. I use vinegar. And shampoo. Right. Except I don't use that either.
He finally laughed and said that he'd never met anyone as "dedicated to my lifestyle" as me. He admitted that having a water softener would definitely add costs for us, but that we'd have a lot of soaps and cleaners to give away as Christmas presents. He left his card and number in the event we want to hear his entire presentation. And do you think my honesty was rewarded with a $20 Home Depot gift card? Heck no.
Seriously, though, I never thought about being dedicated to a lifestyle. I think of myself more as being a cheap, multi-tasking, label-reader. Why pay $2 for a smallish bottle of Windex when I can buy a huge jug of vinegar for $2.50? Vinegar disinfects, washes windows, softens my clothes and does just about everything except put itself into the squirt bottle. I don't like all of the nasty chemicals in most products so I try to avoid them whenever possible. It's simple, really.