Broken Appliance or Plumbing Problem? Save Money, Call Serviz.com!

Serviz.com Repair Service Tech

Serviz.com Repair Service Tech

Anyone who knows me, knows that although I am a positive person who hopes for the best, I am also a rational skeptic. I consider myself a fair taskmaster, who expects someone to do things the right way using the best possible solution within defined budgetary constraints. I don’t believe in the spending on the top quality for everything, nor the cheapest quick fix either. I want lasting solutions. I also want you to know that I was not paid for this review or given any special discounts in return for this review. That said, I would recommend you, my closest friends and family to check out Serviz.com first for ANY home repairs!

As you may have read in my last blog post, my LG brand, model #LSC27931SB refrigerator had died after 7 years. To save money, I had sifted through the many DIY YouTube videos on refrigerator repair. I found that just to do the simple repairs, I would need to find a YouTube video on how to use a multimeter first. I borrowed a neighbor’s multimeter which he hadn’t used in many, many years, and tried checking the resistance of the compressor’s three contact points. I felt unsure of the readings, and wondered if the accuracy of those things deteriorates with age as a patina develops on the multimeter’s contacts. Since the appliance sites allow returns, I went online and ordered the replacement parts that came to $116.38 including tax, shipping and handling for the capacitor and overload protect.

Unfortunately replacing those parts didn’t get the compressor running, so I figured the compressor had burned out. After looking at the DIY YouTube videos, I deduced that this was now beyond my means because of the special equipment I would need even if I ordered a new compressor. So then I went about calling appliance and refrigeration repair places. That is when I came across Serviz.com. According to their website and Twitter account, “SERVIZ is Home Services On Demand – iPhone/Android App & website with upfront, low prices, custom 2-hour appointment windows, & a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with the services we perform, we will redo the work for free or, in the event we cannot fix the problem, we will fully refund your money up to $10,000.”

When I went to set my appointment Monday August 3rd, I saw they had a window for a promo code, so I started a search to see if I could find one. I did find one (see promo code below) and set an appointment for Tuesday August 4th 12:30pm – 2:30pm. At 11:27am on Tuesday, I got a call from a representative to reschedule because they “don’t have any techs in your area, but we can reschedule for the next possible appointment at 12:30pm – 2:30pm Wednesday August 5th.” The caller sounded a bit hesitant to set the appointment for that time saying, “that is a very busy time and they may run late,” but I pressed him to give me the earliest possible time available. After rescheduling for that time, imagine my consternation a half hour later when I saw there was another appointment available online for 10:00am – 12:00pm! So I figured that I’d take that appointment, and let them know they could cancel the second appointment once they got here.

On Wednesday at 10:28am, I got a call about my two appointments that was causing some confusion for the dispatcher. I explained about my  reasoning and they apologized for my confusion. The rep explained that the rep I spoke with yesterday had a better gauge for most efficient scheduling, and that is why they put me in that time slot. She asked if it was okay to go ahead and cancel that 10am appt. and keep the 12:30 appt. I agreed and told her to make sure the tech knew about the make and model of my refrigerator, all the things I had done before calling them, and maybe to bring a compressor with him. I wanted to make sure this was not going to turn into a service call where they prolonged the appointment to charge more money for the repair. She assured me that the rep would get all this information before he arrived at my house. Before hanging up, I revealed that I was doing a review on my blog to share with my followers in LA, OC, and San Diego. The caller thanked me and wished me a good day. Exactly 40 minutes later at 11:08am, the VP of Product Services and Marketing calls to see if everything is all right. He further explained about how they are still refining the scheduling to offer the ideal service experience, apologized for any confusion (or skepticism) I may have experienced, and thanked me for my interest in doing a review of Serviz.com.

Within an hour of my conversation with the VP, our service tech Tom arrived at our door in his clean blue Serviz shirt, and took off his shoes before coming inside. I must say I was surprised not to see a white service truck in the driveway, and then realized Serviz was like an Uber for home repair professionals. I appreciated that Tom spoke to me intelligently about all the things I had done before he started work on the refrigerator. As he went through the diagnosis, he patiently explained about what he was doing and how my worst fear for a new compressor was not the problem. In fact, the parts and labor he quoted for the repair turned out to cost a LOT less than I had expected. He price he quoted me wasn’t much over what I had paid for just those replacement parts I had ordered! You can imagine how happy I was to not only get this low price quote, but that he was done by 12:45pm! If you need something fixed, or if you are an experienced home repair professional for appliances, plumbing, heating, cooling, etc., I whole-heartedly recommend you go online or call Serviz.com 844.815.4541! Here is a  for your repair 529QI1WG and let them know I sent you!

SPROUTS Farmers Market Beats Costco’s Prices for Large Eggs June 17th – 24th

Sprouts Eggs 6.17.2015 - 6.24.2015

People fall victim to the false premise that Costco is always cheaper, and Costco counts on you to do exactly that when you shop there. Sure, it doesn’t make sense to drive all over town to save pennies. However, if you have a SPROUTS Farmers Market near you or on your way home from work, get your eggs there this week (or always). Right now, SPROUTS has their Cage-Free or Omega-3 eggs Large, Grade A or AA for $2.99 per dozen. That beats Costco‘s best price of $15.99 per flat of 5 dozen regular large eggs ($3.20 per dozen regular large eggs). It’s even more expensive at Costco if you buy the smaller quantity of $5.19 per 18 regular eggs ($3.46 per dozen regular large eggs).

Sprouts Ribeye 6.19.2015 - 6.21.2015Sprouts Corn 6.19.2015 - 6.21.2015Sprouts Strawberries 6.17.2015 - 6.24.2015

Another Frugal Foodie TipSPROUTS 72-hour Sale Friday June 19th – Sunday June 21st: All-Natural BONELESS Ribeye Steak $7.99/lb, fresh Sweet Corn 8 ears/ $2, and 1 lb clamshell of Strawberries only $.88 each!

The Frugal Foodie’s #FoodieFind Feb 6, 2015: How to Save Money at Asian Markets

Lumpia

Many of us would like to cook authentic Asian dishes at home, but sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. And if you haven’t learned by now, the mainstream grocery stores are overcharging you double, sometimes triple what you would pay at the Asian markets. So on this episode, I’ll be sharing some dishes for a simple, healthy menu that is inexpensive, flavorful, and fun for your guests. And I’ll talk in depth about the ingredients: what to look for, cooking tips, brands I recommend, and where to buy them to save money!

I’ll also be sharing the Rola Family Lumpia Recipe, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, and walking you through step-by-step so you can make them at home. Over the years people have begged me for the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you on this show. Anyone who has tasted my family’s lumpia, is never satisfied with egg rolls or spring rolls served in a restaurant ever again! And to go with it, you’ll learn the Ilocano Filipino traditional dipping sauce, plus the common mainstream restaurant-style sauce. I’ll also share other variations of egg rolls or spring rolls from Southeast Asia that you may not have tried before, and are equally simple, tasty, and addictive! Some of these options are even Gluten-Free!

There are even more brands of soy & fish sauce than there are brands of American breakfast cereals, so I’ll give you the names of brands that I recommend, and places where you can find them.

And of course what food gathering is complete without some kind of dessert? So I will be sharing my recipes for Matcha Green Tea Blondies, other Asian desserts that include Gluten-Free options that your guest will love!

Come listen on February 6, 2015, for this episode of “The Frugal Foodie Show” for the CookingNetwork.Club on BlogTalkRadio.com!

Andrew Zimmern meets Tommy Gomes plus Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White at Catalina Offshore Products, San Diego’s Top Seafood Provider

Tommy gives Andrew a taste of a rare treat: fresh swordfish marrow!

This past February, Tommy Gomes gave Andrew Zimmern the opportunity to sample some really fresh seafood at Catalina Offshore Products in San Diego.

Tommy shows how the Uni (sea urchin) is processed.

Eating the Uni straight from the supplier is even better than going to a sushi bar!  SO FRESH!!!

Andrew is wowed by Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White

Andrew was also treated to some of the seafood skillfully prepared by Gabardine’s Exec Chef Chad White.

Look for the segment to aire on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America Mondays 9pm PST.

Better than Restaurant.com, Groupon, and Social Living!

This site doesn’t require the min. meal purchase deals like Restaurant.com, PLUS 10% of your purchase goes to your fave charity, school or non-profit! http://www.screamindailydeals.com/

Restaurant.com has saved me and my friends LOTS of money!

I always try to avoid paying the regular discount price at restaurant.com; and, I wait until they offer a “code word” so the price drops to $2 or $3 for a $25 certificate. Always check for the lowest minimum purchase of $35 and other fine print. The closer you are to $35 without going under, the better the return on your dollar.  The current promo code is “Hot.”   http://www.restaurant.com/

Bargains for the week of June 9 – June 15

BEN & JERRY’S Chocolate Fudge Brownie QUART $1.99 at GROCERY OUTLET!!!
This is NOT a pint, but a FULL QUART!  I don’t know how they do it, but DO let them know their efforts are appreciated!  They also have Delice de France Double Creme Brie 16 oz. & Alouette Brie 20 oz. $3.99! (or $3.19/lb.)  Also a better bargain than the Delice, are the smaller wheels of Alouette Baby Brie Original & Baby Brie with Herbs both at 13.2 oz. $2.99!!!  (or $3.62/lb.)  Still, any one of these bries still beats out the lowest priced brie at either Trader Joe’s or Costco!

Bing Cherries – Sprouts $.99/lb.  Last week Frazier Farms had the cherries at $.99/lb. and now their price is up to $1.49/lb.  The same can be said for the price of blackberries and blueberries.

Blueberries – Stater Brothers $2.99/18 oz. pkg. I almost missed this.  I didn’t whip out my calculator until the last minute, & then realized that this calculates to $.73/4.4 oz. pkg. and beats Frazier Farms $.99/4.4 oz pkg.  Last week Sprouts had blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries on sale for $.99/4.4 oz. pkg, and now their price is up to $1.50/4.4 oz. pkg.  (And shame on you if you didn’t grab some raspberries at that price, cuz I’d be surprised if we saw that price again this season!)

Boneless Chuck Roast – Ralphs $1.99/lb.

Boneless London Broil – Stater Brothers $1.97/lb., Albertsons $1.99/lb.

Bargains for the week of June 2 – June 8

I see that Albertsons currently has a BOGO, or “Buy One Get One FREE” sale. When you see a good deal, always take the time to figure out the cost per pound.  Albertsons three different price tiers for their meats: Select, Choice and Choice Angus (Stockman & Dakota).  Like Vons, Albertons “brands” their Choice Angus beef to distinguish it from their cheaper Select grade of beef. Albertsons BOGO Boneless Chuck Steaks sounded like a good deal until I called the meat dept. & found you had to buy the “MaxPak” quantity of Stockman & Dakota at $6.49/lb.  so that is just under $3.25/lb. and $1.38/lb. more than Food for Less.

Boneless Beef Chuck Steaks – Food for Less $1.87/lb. And the next best price is Von’s Rancher’s Reserve $2.27/lb.

Red Cherries – Frazier Farms $.99/lb. This is not a good deal, this is an awesome bargain! The regular price at other grocery stores has been $1.99/lb. – $2.50/lb.

Yellow Peaches -Food for Less $.77/lb. This is another awesome bargain because the regular price has been hovering around $2.49/lb.

Raspberries, Blackberries, Bluberries – Sprouts $.99/6 oz. basket

Here is a recipe for Bulgogi Beef marinade that you can use with the beef. This is enough for 1 lb. of beef or one of last week’s bargain chickens from Stater Bro. Marinate the thinly sliced beef, or the chicken cut into serving pieces, at least 2 hours or overnight in the frig. Bring meat in marinade to room temperature before grilling.

Bulgogi Beef Marinade
Mix thoroughly until dissolved:
•3 Tbsp chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
•3 Tbsp soy sauce
•2 Tbsp sugar
•1 Tbsp honey
•2 Tbsp fresh squeezed juice from an Asian pear
•1 Tbsp Japanese rice wine (mirin)*
•1 Tbsp sesame oil
•3 green onions, finely chopped (including white part)
•1 tsp pepper

Here is a reprint of my Super Easy Fruit Cobbler recipe for those the peaches and berries:

Super Easy Fruit Cobbler
1 stick melted butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
4 C. 1 inch pieces of fruit or berries
Mix all the above together and pour over fruit or berries. Then sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over batter. Pour 1/2 cup water over sugar and batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Note: For really watery fruit like strawberries, pour only 1/4 water over sugar and batter.

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