You know how it really sucks when you run out of shampoo, toothpaste, contact solution, mascara, and deodorant in the same week and before you know it you’re in the check-out line at Target with $50 worth of beauty supplies in your basket? That’s kinda where I’m at right now, except the items on my ‘To Buy’ list are a little bit more expensive than assorted toiletries. In the near-ish future, I need to make a few big-ish purchases. None of these are emergency purchases, so I have some time to think about them and do some research. Also, I need to come up with a way to actually pay for these items in the next 6 months to a year, which will be no small feat given my current financial woes..
Anyway, here’s a list of the stuff I need and some thoughts/ideas I have about each of them – but I want your thoughts/ideas, too! Please weigh in if you have any suggestions or comments about the items discussed below – the more input the better!
In the near-ish future, I need…..
This one is very tricky. A few times a year I usually go away for a week to ten days, but much more frequently I go on long-weekend type trips. I need luggage that can be used for both long and short trips – which doesn’t sound too tough, right? There are a lot of luggage sets out there that come with both a large and small bag. But space is also a huge issue for me. When the luggage isn’t in use, I need somewhere to stash it and I do not have much stashing space here. So, I was thinking that a big rolling duffle bag that can easily be smooshed down and stored under my bed might be a good option. I was looking at this one on Zappos, but it’s pretty pricey ($219):
2. A vacuum
I bought a super-cheap vacuum a few years ago and it’s on its last legs. After much research and consideration, I’ve decided that I want a vacuum with a HEPA filter, but these tend to be expensive so I want to be sure to get a decent one that will last. I was thinking of this one:
Does anyone else use a HEPA vacuum? Could you make a recommendation?
3. A couch
The couch that I have now has lived a really long, full life. When I was a little kid it was my family’s living room sofa where it saw lots of use. It’s lived out its second life with me for the past five years, but now it’s starting to get ratty and discolored. Again, it’s not an emergency, but in the next year or so I’d really like to replace it. I’m usually a huge proponent of using Craig’s List for furniture, but it creeps me out to buy a used couch from someone I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about a new couch for a while and have been doing some browsing. This one from West Elm is my favorite and the price is reasonable, but I just can’t pull the trigger; I keep thinking I might find something similar at a better price:
What do you think of my choices? Again, any advice/suggestions/ideas would be great! Any large-ish purchases you’re planning on in the near-ish future? And happy Friday!