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…