Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Where to Scrimp and Where to Splurge

I still need a few key items for my new place. Most significantly, I need a dining room set and a vacuum cleaner.

I've gone back and forth on the dining room set. I really like one that they have at Ikea, but upon further reflection I realized that I can get one for WAY cheaper if I go the Craigslist route. Yes, it will take more patience and more effort to get it into my apartment, but there are lots of them on there, and I think I can find one I like.

But, after using my roommate's parents vacuum to clean our old place the other day, I've realized I should maybe spend a little more to get a good vacuum. That one was AMAZING compared to the Dirt Devil my roommate and I were using. I need to do my research, but anyone have any suggestions? I would love to get a Roomba...because I'm lazy. Anyone have one of those and want to chime in on how well it works?

I know, I know. I really inspire my readers to amazing discussions about vacuum cleaners. How exciting and controversial. Please, keep your comments civil on this controversial issue.


  1. you should get a Dyson. They are really expensive but AMAZING!

  2. Ooh I love this post. We have a Dirt Devil too and honestly I hate it. We are thinking about upgrading too.

  3. Hi, don't know if you have already bought your vacuum, but when I moved into my apartment my mom did a lot of consumer reports research on best values compared with best qualities to combat my severe dust allergy, and the result was...the new, cheaper electrolux. they run around 300 and are a great value. good luck.