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False economies and bar­gain buys

Re­mem­ber when your par­ents used to nag you to turn off the lights when you left a room or close the door be­hind you to stop the heat es­cap­ing?

Thanks to soar­ing en­ergy costs we’ve be­come that fam­ily.

In fact, the cost of ev­ery­thing from elec­tric­ity and gas to mo­bile phone plans seem to be on the rise.

Even ser­vices where costs seemed pre­dictable have con­tin­ued to soar.

So it’s tempt­ing to look at mak­ing economies else­where. The dif­fi­culty is know­ing what rep­re­sents a bar­gain and what will be a false econ­omy, cost­ing you more in the long run.

I have a bit of a thing about this with ap­pli­ances big and small so I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed when our 10-year-old vac­uum cleaner re­cently gave up the ghost. In truth, we had al­ready re­placed parts once and, when an­other part failed, it seemed the smarter choice to start afresh.

But it was no small ex­pense back when I bought it, partly be­cause it was one of the new breed with HEPA fil­ters, which are rec­om­mended for house­holds like ours with asthma suf­fer­ers.

I liked the ser­vice at our lo­cal elec­tri­cal store so I went back to find a re­place­ment. After be­ing told that 10 years was a good run for a vac­uum cleaner and that HEPA fil­ters were now stan­dard, I tried the same brand again.

Aside from find­ing my­self us­ing a vac­uum in a pub­lic place — vac­u­um­ing is my least favourite house­hold task — I was pretty happy with the re­sults. I even asked for their best price, which left me with an ex­tra $20 in my pocket.

It wasn’t un­til I got home that I re­alised that the price I had paid was the sale price, about $150 less than the orig­i­nal cost, which was still on the box. So I re­ally cleaned up, as it were. Some­times you can get a bar­gain and a re­li­able ap­pli­ance too. Who knew?

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