Okay, I admit it. I'm a bit of a whore when it comes to buying stuff. As in, generally, the lowest priced item wins. My paper towels are less than a dollar a roll. My favorite toilet paper is the Wal-Mart Great Value brand. Most things I buy, I don't worry about brand name, but about quality and cost. Some things don't need to be great quality because they're going to be disposed of shortly or have a limited use. I kind of feel that way about my son's clothes. He's growing so fast that buying some name brand from a department store is like throwing money out the window. He might get to wear it once.
But there are some things that are worth the money plunked down for a brand name.
Growing up, we drank Lipton. As an adult, I switched to Twinings. But now, my taste in tea has become quite particular. Once in a while I'll flirt with a roobios or a darjeeling, but my mainstay tea has become this:
Two teabags brews a lovely, strong pot of tea. I don't care for my tea to resemble lightly tanned water - I want FLAVOR - and this little bag delivers big time!
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I have sensitive skin. I'm not allergic to things as a rule unless we're talking about biting bugs, but certain things make my skin very uncomfortable. Laundry detergents are a huge culprit. When my son was born, I washed everything in Dreft, and my skin has never been so happy - but that stuff is EXPENSIVE. Then I found Purex's free detergent. No fragrance, no colors. It was just as kind as Dreft. I still use Purex, the "natural elements" version these days.
My final item has been with me for over 12 years. We lived in the woods in Wakulla County with two dogs, a bunch of cats and sand. Lots of sand. When I learned I was pregnant, I realized that I would need to be a little more conscious of keeping our carpets clean so the baby could be on the floor when it was ready to crawl or roll around down there. I bought a cheap little vaccuum about once a year (all that sand just wore them out), but a traveling sales rep came through the neighborhood one day and showed me the wonder that is Kirby.
Nearly 13 years later, my Kirby and I have been through a lot. It went with me when I was cleaning houses to make ends meet. It was in a bad car accident with me that sent it flying out the back window and onto the side of the road after we were rear-ended. My dad went out to the crash site and gathered the machine and accessories for me and you know? But for a missing wand, my machine was in one piece and in good shape. I use it to this very day. And I plan to continue using it as long as it lasts. Which may be about 50 years... maybe more.
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