Sunday, August 01, 2021

Winners Pt 2

Due to popular demand, well one person, here is part two of our lotto win and how we spent it.

How did we spend our lottery win of around $700? Our stick vacuum cleaner is about eight years old. At five years the battery failed and I bought a new one, for about $50. The three year old battery had begun to fail, not being able to run the cleaner on high power for more than a short time. I could see no reason to buy a new vacuum cleaner and I was inclined to replace the battery again. R thought we should buy a new stick vacuum cleaner with our winnings.

We researched different models online. The most popular is Dyson and our old model is a Dyson, so that is what we chose to buy. Taking into account inflation over eight years, we paid less for the new one than we paid for the old one.

We were so lucky that the new model's mounting bracket screw holes matched the old holes. As R correctly thought, there has been great advances in the technology in eight years. The new model is easier to use, easier to clean, easier to push around and best of all even on the normal setting, not the high power setting, it picks up sock fluff from the the carpet easily without the back and forth with old one. I can tell it works better by the amount of dust it has collected. We are so pleased with it and it proves consumerism makes you happy! Well, sometimes. And god forbid dragging out a barrel or upright vacuum cleaner, pulling the cord out, adding the extension lead and putting it together. Stick vacuum cleaners mean you can vacuum easily and often and so it no longer a big weekly job, just a small five minute job every couple of days.

Several times R proclaimed that the one of the best thing about the new vacuum cleaner is that it cost us nothing (because our lottery win paid for it). Hey R, that could have been money in my pocket. But not wanting to spoil his party mood I said nothing,. 

With the new cleaner in the car boot, we pondered where we could go for brunch and R suggested a place on a beach front where we would pay a little bit more than we would normally pay. From our $700 win, the cleaner cost us $500, so we still had $200 to spend that wouldn't cost us anything. Brunch cost just over $30, so we still have money to spend that won't cost us anything. What do you think of R's reasoning?

The new vacuum cleaner wall mounted, a five minute job that took about 45 minutes. 

42 comments:

  1. Was this blogpost sponsored by Dyson? Advertising can be so devious these days. It wouldn't surprise me if they have begun to use blogs as handy promotional vehicles.

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    1. YP, retrospective of my post, I am expecting a cheque in the mail from Dyson.

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    2. I am expecting Czech... called Jana. She's an Olympic wrestler.

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    3. Oh dear. You will be crushed at your pleasure.

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  2. That's tremendous! Congratulations on your big win!

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    1. Small beer win Strayer, but it was good.

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  3. Ah but the losses over the years, right? But hell enjoy the illusion of the big win - *grin*

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, as I said earlier, about $4,000 in, $13,000 out. Mug's game.

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  4. How can a five minute job take forty five minutes when the brackets holes are already there? I don't like stick vacuums, all the weight is at the top near the handle and that's uncomfortable for me. I have a barrel cleaner but with very little space to manouver it, I just don't clean as often as I should. It takes a whole day to move things out of the way, vacuum, then shift it all back again.

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    1. River, it was a very hard screw for a start. We are old men and can't screw for long, so we swapped positions. It took forever for me to find suitable butterfly bolts in the crate marked Screws, Tape and Glues. R tipped out a two litre container onto the bench I eventually found one butterfly bolt and a very large drop bolt, so no visit to the big green hardware shed needed, but the hole in the wall was too small for the large butterfly bolt and had to be enlarged with use of the electric drill and then as I said to R, it is not a plaster wall but a fibrous cement wet laundry wall. That is why the drill won't enlarge the hole quickly. I could go on, but I am sure you get the gist of why it took 45 minutes.

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    2. LOL Andrew. You crack me up :)

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  5. Well done!

    People often say that a big win changes life. Have you found yourselves becoming more snooty to the workers?

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    1. Hels, as if I would ever be. But I did start addressing our South Asian building staff each as boy.

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  6. A lottery win??? How great is that! I've never had a stick vac that has lasted. I have the bagless uprights. I've always wanted a Dyson. Let me know how it goes for you.

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    1. Debby, a small lottery wine. $500 for our stick, it will be cheaper for you I think. Get one. We loved our old one and the new one is even better.

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  7. Once in while I will pick up scratch ticket and most I every got was twenty bucks. Any how congratulations on the winnings
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I used at times buy a Scratchy and sometimes win enough to buy another.

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  8. A lotto win? Congratulations.
    I really like Dyson products. We have a barrel version. It is old, a bit battered and does an excellent job. And hooray for brunch out as well.

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    1. A meagre win EC. You will not believe how easy vacuuming is when you use a stick vacuum cleaner.

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  9. Dare I say it, but my daughter-in-law has two of those; they live side by side up at the barn.... doing nothing. She also has two identical large washing machines, which my wife occasionally uses for large things such as duvets. I think she just loves spending money; she has nothing else to do.

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    1. Cro, two seems excessive. This could be the beginning of a whole conversation about inequitable wealth distribution, but we won't go there, hey.

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    2. My older daughter has two large washing machines. One does the regular family wash, the other is for the work clothes, often covered in concrete dust and mud maybe an oil/grease splash or two from cleaning the concrete pump.

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    3. Funny River, after watching drain cleaning videos, the workers clothes would need to be washed each day. You've explained how it is done.

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  10. Good buy then with your lotto win. We have a different brand one.

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    1. Margaret, aren't sticks just so much better than lugging around a barrel.

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    2. They certainly are much better, but we get the granddaughter to use the barrel one to vacuum her room because her piece of long hair get caught in the sides of the bush on the stick so hence the brush won't go around.

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  11. Would you mind revealing which model Dyson you bought? I am looking at purchasing and if you are happy with yours then I would like to know.

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    1. David, it is a V8 Animal. I highly recommend it.

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  12. I bought J a Romba robot vacuum cleaner for Christmas three years ago, I am amazed at how well it does. He likes vacuum cleaners, and me, strange man.

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    1. TP, I've often wondered about them and I have seen some amusing clips of them in action or being stuck, or providing a ride for animals or frightening them.

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  13. That was a good buy Andrew, I love my Dyson, I can't imagine using my pull along again. Still get a sore back though after vacuuming 😊

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    1. Grace, because they are easy to just pick up from the wall, do less vacuuming at once but more often to save you back a bit.

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  14. We replaced our ten-year-old Dyson just a few months ago, even though I was loath to buy another Dyson after hearing he was a Brexiteer. :/

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    1. Steve, was he indeed, the very visible boss of the company. Did you ever have to replace the battery in the ten years?

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  15. My dad was a constant lotto ticket player, and had a few wins over the years. But it didn't seem to me to make up for the money he spent on it, and he couldn't really afford it. I've always liked the idea of putting that much in the bank each week, and if your numbers came up, then take out the money and spend as you will. Needless to say, that didn't fly with him :D

    I like the thought of a cordless vac, but I have trouble with my hands so I'm thinking a top-heavy stick vac might not work for me. I'm like River, I just vacuum less instead.

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    1. Jenny, it gambling of any sort rarely makes any sense at all but it can be a bit of fun if you can afford it. Like with private health insurance, you would be better banking the money each week. The head weighs 1.5 kg but don't forget the weight is being rested on the floor as you vacuum.

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  16. I have a s tick vac, but it is a plug in with a long cord. It's wonderful on the bare floors, but I need my big canister vac for the carpets. Right now both are too much for my wrist. I plan to get out a broom for Jack to use. LOL

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    1. Good meaningful work for Jack, Maribeth.

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  17. As to R's reasoning, less elaborate than I anticipated. It all really depends on the original position, doesn't it? You have "banked" the win already so count the money spent. R keeps the winning dream alive. As you point out out if we go back to your payments in then it is only really a matter of clawing a fraction back.

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    1. Out with that extra out!

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    2. MC, to me it is simple. I spent money that was in my metaphorical pocket. Anything else is a side issue including gambling outgoings.

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    3. I would have noticed the two outs, but there was a line break between the two. I had to look hard for them.

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