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I want a Porsche ...

April 27th, 2013 at 06:47 pm

well, sort of. We are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and I am lusting after this:

Text is http://www.amazon.com/Miele-S7260-Upright-Vacuum-Cleaner/dp/B0041EN10M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367111569&sr=8-1&keywords=miele+cat+dog and Link is
http://www.amazon.com/Miele-S7260-Upright-Vacuum-Cleaner/dp/... Definitely the "Porsche" of the vacuums we are considering. No, we don't have a cat or dog right now but DH & I had "the discussion" when we started looking for a new vacuum and we decided that we should prepare for the day when we will hear the pitter-patter of 4 paws around the house again.

2. Free Kindle Fire: I got Email notification that my free Kindle Fire has been shipped. It was a promotion for opening a new bank account. Sure beats a toaster. I've never had an E-reader or a tablet before. Will be fun to figure out how I can get the most out of it for the least $.

3. Utilities "Sweet Spot": I love this time of year, when we aren't using either the heat or the A/C, and the yard is fine with once weekly waterings. I paid our electric, gas, and water bills today ... $147 total for all three. I budget $200 and last year we averaged $193. Water & Electric rates have both increased so I don't know if we'll be able to stay under $200 average for the year but we will try. Late last summer we bought a stand-alone dehumidifer which is helping us keep AC usage down. Also, without a pooch in the house we use a bit less water (no more weekly bath or filling up the water bowl, and no more doggy bed laundering) and we don't have the regular "out to the backyard" trips that cause us to lose heat & cooling out the back door.

4. 28.6%: Yesterday was payday. 28.6% is the percentage of my gross income that ended up in our bank account. And it's OK. The rest went to taxes, my 401K (50%), Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance. My husband is self-employed so the insurance is for the both of us.

5. Legacy Project: I'm burying this deep in the post for those of you who cared enough to read this far. The legacy project for our beloved late dog is on. Our dog was a rescue, and the organization where I volunteer will be building beds for an animal shelter that is located about an hour from where we live, where the animals stay on wet concrete floors all the time. Frown DH & I are going to pay for several of the beds, and the organization is going to invite other people to donate beds as well. We can write messages on the bottom of the beds in Sharpie pen if people want us to. I'm going to write "In loving memory of(our boy's name)" on ours and draw lots of hearts. This is what the beds look like:
Text is http://kuranda.com/ and Link is
http://kuranda.com/ This is what life is really all about, isn't it? Maybe I'll need to get by with a less expensive vacuum and pay for one more bed???

8 Responses to “I want a Porsche ...”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    The Legacy Project sounds so sweet. Smile Such a great idea.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Love the legacy project...

  3. mrpaseo Says:

    With all the bag less options why would you go with a vacuum with a bag? I like the Legacy project, I looked it up and there is a shelter in my area that we often donate to on there. Thanks for the idea.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Love the legacy project!

    mrpaseo, I read that those folks with allergies are better to have a vacuum with a bag to keep some of the dust out of the air. Not sure if that is the reason they want it, but know I sort of wished I knew that before we bought our bagless a few years ago.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    That is so nice of you!

  6. scfr Says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback on the legacy project everyone.

    Re the vacuum, I started with a short list based on Consumer Reports recommendations.

    I've had a Dyson in the past and thought it was pretty good, but didn't feel I get my money's worth especially since it didn't last nearly as long as I would have liked.

    Regarding bagless vs. with bag, the bagless has the definite advantage of not needing to buy replacement bags, but the disadvantage is that when you empty them some of the debris does escape in to the air. Also, it was the "emptying mechanism" on our old Dyson that gave out, and so it seems like it's just one more moving part that can break down with a bagless. Bags used to be cumbersome and messy, and when bagless first came out I couldn't imagine ever going back to bagged but it looks like they have made really big improvements so they are worth a second look. I definitely want an upright, not a canister. (Our house is single story.) Still lots to think about ...

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Be sure to check out Pixel of Ink - both the website and their FB page. Great way to get TONS of free (or really cheap) ebooks for your KF.

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