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Making Due + Saving for a Want

February 6th, 2011 at 06:25 am

MAKING DUE. I am noticing that as I read everyone's blog here I am thinking more about how to use what I have wisely instead of always buying something new. Therefore, this morning, instead of replacing my tired and tattered front door wreath, I remade it for $13. I kept the wreath itself and the older white roses and greenery and just added a new bow and purple floral stems. My re-do wreath will be just fine and it didn't cost me $50!!

UPCOMING NEEDS. We truly do need a new carpet cleaning machine. Ours broke about a year ago and instead of fixing it which would have cost $100 we decided to buy a new one. I looked at consumer reports and have selected the best model. We will purchase it soon out of our household budget. This is truly is a NEED because our carpets need cleaning and we would spend more than $150 to have them professionally cleaned and buying the cleaner will cost less than that.

UPCOMING WANTS. My sister got a Roomba. This is the small round automatic vaccuum that vacuums your floors automatically. She loves it as it keeps her wood floors looking great with really no effort on her part except dumping out the dust bin each day (she has it set to automatically clean at midnight). I almost hate sweeping my wood floors as they take up most of the first floor so it's a big job. Since this is a "WANT" I plan to wait another couple of months and "save" the money in my "Beth's Fun Money" account. This is a $100 a month allowance in our budget (DH has one too).

This is a new thing for me to want something and not just go buy it. This is a real grownup responsible way to purchase something. Who knows? Maybe the waiting to get it will be just as much fun as the anticipating of a future restaurant treat. Actually I really DO want it now but I have decided to wait...little OOOUUUCCCHHH!!

Does anybody have a Roomba? If so, how do you like it?

8 Responses to “Making Due + Saving for a Want”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice wreath!!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Nice job on the wreath! No Roomba here- youll have to share how it works after you get yours. Smile

  3. patientsaver Says:

    If I lived near you i'd loan you my carpet cleaner. I've used it once!

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I promised myself I could get my old Karastan rug professionally cleaned this Spring. They may tell me that they will not do it without first replacing the fringe. I'm afraid to see the price for that. Frown

  5. mjrube94 Says:

    The wreath came out great!

  6. Shiela Says:

    We bought my inlaws one of those vacuum cleaner (the cheaper version) for christmas few years ago. They love it. I wish I got one for myself then too but they don't sell it for the price I got it for at that time. The Roomba or similar to it has been in my wish/want list for few years now.

  7. mamas debt time out Says:

    The wreath looks wonderful! Also,thanks for the phone info and your advice, I'm hoping to make time this week, depending on the kids.

  8. LittleMsMom Says:

    I LOVE the wreath.

    I am looking for one very similar to it for my door. I think with red berries and a red bow, of course I am not willing to spare the $75-$100 that one like yours would cost where I live.

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