Don’t be a Sucker – Read the Fine Print

Do you read the fine print before you sign something? I do! Why? Because When you put your signature to something, you can be held legally liable for whatever is written on that page.

This has burned me a few times. Back when we were first married, we bought a car. My husband and I were bickering about the type of car, so I didn’t read the contract carefully. I forget what the interest rate was, but it was something outrageous. Since I had signed the contract, I was stuck with it.  

Then years later, when I was signing a real estate contract, they made a major mistake on it.  Cost me about $1,000 bucks to fix because we ended up having to probate my father’s will to correct it.

So, now whenever I have to sign something, I stop and read it first.  Sometimes people look at me oddly when I do it, but generally they are pretty understanding. 

Have you ever had an experience where signing without reading something has caused you a problem?

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  1. I’m with you! The hubs is in the car business, so I know how crazy it can get.

  2. I just bought a car and I read each paper very carefully. In the past, I think I would have signed away. A good reminder to be so careful these days.

  3. I have gotten in the habit of not reading any longer. I used to read every word and after a million ga zillion odd looks, I gave it up. Now, I just hope and trust that people are telling me the truth when I am signing something. I should definitely start reading again. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Momma always said, “If you sign before you read you are a dumb***” So actually I do read first. LOL

  5. I need to get better at reading the fine print. I am more of a let’s get this done girl so I move to quickly when making decisions! Love your blog and thanks so much for stopping by today!XOXO Jessica

  6. Hubs is the one here who doesn’t read the fine print. He’s gotten much better over the years though…it’s so important! It’s good you put it out there!

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