vacuum vacuum

Slice of LIfe
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A few weeks ago, we bought a vacuum. My 15-year old wanted me to get the fancy one that was almost $300, but there was one right there for $80!

“You’re going to regret it, mom,” he told me.

“Nope,” I shook my head. “We don’t need a fancy vacuum. We just need one that works. And we are on a budget.”

He shook his head at me as we carted it to the checkout.

At home, we put it together and vacuumed. You had to push it, but it worked well.

“See?” I said with a hint of I told you so in my eyes.

A couple weeks later, when the vacuum handle broke off, he was the one who had the told-you-so in his eyes. Mostly he just raised his eyebrows at me, as I got ready to take the used, broken vacuum back to Target.

If you’ve never carried a cheap, broken, dirty vacuum back into a store, you’ll have to imagine the walk of shame, the explanation at customer service, and the gratitude when they handed me my $80 back.

Now I have a robot vacuum that was recommended for homes with pets. My pets are pretty freaked out by it, and it scared me a couple times already too. My 15-year old kindly set it up for us, and he has the app on his phone. So he thinks it is funny to have it suddenly start vacuuming when I’m the only one home.

At least there’s no handle to break off…

5 thoughts on “vacuum vacuum

  1. First of all, I have to know. What robot vacuum do you have, and how do you like it? We have two dogs and I’m constantly wading through dog hair dust bunnies.

    It’s funny you should mention that moment in the store, where you kind of shrug your shoulders and go with a cheaper vacuum. The current vacuum we have was one my husband picked out. He called me from the store and said, “this one is better at pet hair, but the cord seems a little shorter.” To. This. DAY. I wish we had gone with a vacuum that had a longer cord!

    1. Hahaha!
      I have such bad luck with vacuums. We’ve literally had this one for one day… so far I like it… but if I could afford a better one I’d get one that maps it’s path. This just goes until it hit something and then goes a different way. It’s a eufy 15c max. I read about it on a review site, and then amazon had it in a great sale…

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