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Our Best Inexpensive: A Review

Before I bring up the subject of my email inbox, I need to tell you again how much I love to hear from my readers! Every letter, note, and message is an affirmation that I’m not speaking to an empty room. I love your tips, stories, questions, corrections and even the occasional argument.

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Now about my inbox—it fills almost faster than I can read. So far I’ve managed to keep up with the reading part but responding personally to every message has become impossible. So I create file folders for varying subjects. When a folder gets full I know it’s time to address that subject in an upcoming post.

Today I’m cleaning out the folder labeled “Best Inexpensive?” where hundreds of messages land that go something like this:  “Please tell me again exactly which sewing machine (vacuum, carpet cleaner, spot remover and so on) that was you’ve picked as the best inexpensive option out there.”

So, for all of you who asked, here you go!

SEWING MACHINE. Two choices here. For the beginner: Janome Mod-15 is a sweetheart of a basic mechanical machine ideal for a beginner of any age who shows great promise with sewing, but has not yet proven the need for a more advanced machine. For intermediate to advance: Janome Mod-100 is a remarkable top-of-the line computerized model that has everything an advance sewist would expect, with a price you’d expect for a beginner machine.

VACUUM SEALER. There are several brands of food sealers on the market, and my choice for the best inexpensive is FoodSaver V4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System. If you use it religiously, it will cut your food costs remarkably.

VACUUM CLEANER. Without any doubt, Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional is the best vacuum out there. That it is also quite inexpensive is a wonderful bonus.

COMPUTER. If you go online or walk into a store’s electronics department to purchase a Chromebook, prepare to be hit with a serious case of FUD—fear, uncertainty and doubt. That’s because there are hundreds of Chromebooks from which to choose; from dozens of manufacturers with hundreds of options. But not to worry. I do not expect you to slog through all of this technical stuff to figure out your best inexpensive option. My current pick (things change rapidly in the world of technology) is the Acer Chromebook 14 with 4GB memory, 32GB hard drive at just 3.42 lbs.

CARPET CLEANER. My Hoover Steam Vac is getting very old and still it works like a charm. I paid nearly $200 for it so many years ago. The latest edition of Hoover Steam Vac costs less than half!

SMART TV. It doesn’t have the most bells and whistles, but it’s a good, solid smart television. TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV is for the  money, a great television.

ROOM DEHUMIDIFIER. My pick for the overall best inexpensive 70-pints-per-day unit is rated for up to 2,500 sq. ft. It will protect your home from mold and mildew and airborne particles that can make breathing difficult for some people. FRIGIDAIRE FFAD7033R1 Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier is a fantastic dehumidifier.

INSTANT POT. There are quite a few models of Instant Pot, the multi-functional countertop kitchen appliance that functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer (depending on the model you choose). The price varies greatly from one model to the next. While I really love the concept generally, my pick for the best is Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi Functional Pressure Cooker 6 QT/1000W. It is sweet!

CARPET STAIN TREATMENT. Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover is the best out there at any price!

If this hasn’t answered your “best inexpensive” question, head over to EverydayCheapskate.com. Use the search bar to enter a keyword. Chances are pretty good you’ll find the answer in a past post. If not, do not hesitate to contact me. I rely heavily on your questions and input and you just might see yourself in an upcoming post!

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  1. C. Morgan says:

    Mary, I wanted to make one comment about Spot Shot. At your recommendation, we used it for a few years and it worked really well. But, after having my first child in 2009, I developed a sensitive nose and found Spot Shot’s strong odor offensive and unbearable. After searching, we found a product called Folex (rhymes with Rolex) at Home Depot, that works as well as Spot Shot, with absolutely NO offensive odor. Use it in exactly the same way that you use Spot Shot for treating stains prior to using the Hoover Steam Vac. Works every time!! Thank you for your wonderful recommendations!!


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