Sunday, August 29, 2010

Things You Should Never Pay Full Price For

Over the last few months, I've become a lot more careful how I spend my money, and I've discovered how easy it can be to save money here and there.  Over the next few days, I'll share with you some of the things that I will never pay full price for again.


Vacuum Cleaners

Ok, this one doesn't actually fit the category, because I don't think you should ever pay for a vacuum cleaner.  Period.  Let me explain.

Once upon a time Tracey bought a Dirt Devil on sale from Canadian Tire for about $70.00.   Not a bad price she thought.  It was one of the ones you pull behind you with the long hose (is there a technical term for that?  I don't know.)  Anyway, it worked well.  Not brilliantly, but it sucked up most of the dust bunnies, so she was satisfied.

Then, one day, Baz found an upright vacuum cleaner sitting next to the dumpster.  To his surprise, when he plugged it in, it worked.  In fact, the only thing that was wrong with it was that the bag was full.  So, he cleaned it out, got a new bag, and Voila! A perfectly functioning vacuum!  Tracey was loathe to admit that the dumpster vacuum worked better than her Dirt Devil, but it did, and there was barely a dust bunny in sight.

Then, a few weeks later, Baz found another vacuum cleaner sitting next to the dumpster.  To his surprise, when he plugged it in, it worked.  In fact, the only thing that was wrong with it was that the canister was full.  So, he cleaned it out and Voila!  A perfectly functioning vacuum!  Once again, Tracey was loathe to admit that this new canister vacuum worked better than the dumpster vacuum and the Dirt Devil, but it did.  In fact, it made the carpets look almost brand new.

Several weeks passed, and one day Baz came home with a third vacuum cleaner.  He'd found it in the dumpster.  Neither he nor Tracey was surprised when they plugged it in and it worked.  They cleaned out the canister and the filter and Voila!  Another perfectly functioning vacuum cleaner!  The floors shone, the carpets looked new and they rejoiced.

Tracey and Baz now had four vacuum cleaners which all worked exceptionally well, except for the Dirt Devil, which had learned nothing from its new friends, and performed its job only satisfactorily.  With a (only slightly) heavy heart, Tracey decided to part with her Dirt Devil and welcome her new adopted dumpster friends with open arms.  And they all lived happily ever after.



And the moral of the story....
Many people would prefer to buy a new vacuum cleaner than clean out the one they already have.  So, if you don't mind cleaning out someone else's dust bunnies, keep your eyes open.  There are more vacuums out there than you might think!

Take care,

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