Consumption Diet check in: February

by Jessie K on February 22, 2013

It’s month two into my Consumption Diet, where I forego the purchase of anything new. Last month, my vacuum died so I had to buy a new one, and this month, my washing machine died so I had to break down and buy another. Argh! Chock it up to Murphy’s Law and the universal truism that things always break down in threes. My laptop is next, I feel it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a funny story about our rickety old washing machine. Jake scavenged this machine and the accompanying drier from some old clients who had planned to toss the pair had he not scooped them up and whisked them home. We’ve been using this early 80s knobbed wonder twice to three times weekly since.

I don’t know about you, but I’m the sort of cheapskate penny pincher who experiences a great rush of satisfaction knowing I’ve  been able to use a reliable machine for seven years I didn’t have to pay for. Mirth! Happiness! Jumping jacks all around! Jake and I have never purchased a washing machine in our lives, making us both giddy with excitement that we’ve somehow managed to sidestep one of the more dreary rites of passage of stultifying adulthood (a colonoscopy being another). Until last week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Night Rider-era “Hotpoint,” with its grinding dials and knobs, churned out sparkling clean clothes wash after wash after wash. I was very happy with it.

So I went with another “classic” dial model by GE, only this one features the Energy Star emblem (uses less electricity and water).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt got great reviews on Amazon and Consumer Reports and cost around $600, far less expensive than digital alternatives. I don’t know about you, but I’m not convinced washing machines need to be high tech computers that clean. I kinda like the old fashioned dial models because it means Jake can fix it if it breaks and I don’t have to read directions to operate it.

Now we get to find out if they still make ‘em like they used to.

So that’s where I’m at in my Consumption Diet: two major appliances in two months.  Some Consumption Diet.

Oh yeah, and in the interest of full disclosure, I also bought a pair of brand new LL Bean duck boots at Goodwill because they were only $3.50 — how could I not? These babies retail for $120! — and duck boots are so chic right now.

UPDATE: And I had to buy this book for my book club because I couldn’t find a copy to borrow or check out from the library.

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