I've wanted an iRobot Roomba since they were first announced. Boston Gal fueled the desire even more with her great Roomba review. After talking it over with my new wife we decided that the idea of eliminating the chore of vacuuming was worth investigating. I investigated buying one on Craigslist and found a newer generation one for $100 - it retails for $220 on Amazon. What I like about this purchase is that there's no risk. If the Roomba doesn't work for us, we can put it back on Craigslist or on Ebay and perhaps even make a couple of dollars.
The other purchase we made was an all-in-one office printer. I had previous mentioned that I've been looking for one. Savvy Steward suggested a HP CM1015. I began the search and it wasn't too long before I found that Costco was having a sale on a HP OfficeJet L7650 - a model similar to the HP OfficeJet Pro L7680. The CM1015 didn't seem to have fax capabilities which was something that we were looking to replace. With the sale and a $70 gift card that we got for the wedding, it ended up costing us $220. One of the biggest wins here is that we didn't have a scanner or a photo printer - yet we've found ourselves having a need for them more often that we figured.
Both of these items have something in common.Â They are extremely space saving.Â The Roomba is smaller than other vacuums as it doesn't need the stem to drive it around.Â The OfficeJet replaces several items so we can get by with a smaller office.Â We're trying to think ahead to a home purchase in maybe three years and if we reduce the amount of space we need, we won't have to buy as much house.Â That means a cheaper mortgage and utility bills (less space to heat and cool).
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