As I glanced at the day’s news headlines, I flinched when I read that a prominent U.S. politician (who shall remain nameless) had 10 people show up at a recent town hall meeting. Ten! That’s what I call an empty room and the fear of every speaker—that no one shows up because no one is listening.
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! I take every letter, note, and message as an affirmation that I’m not speaking to an empty room. I love your tips, stories, questions, corrections, and challenges.
Now about my inbox—it fills almost faster than I can read, 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.
Once again, I’m working to clear out the folder labeled “Best Inexpensive Qs” where hundreds of messages land that go something like this: “Please tell me exactly which [fill-in-the-blank] is the Best Inexpensive™ option.”
ROOM DEHUMIDIFIER. If you live where it gets unbearably humid this time of year, the way to lower the humidity inside your home is with a good dehumidifier. My pick for the overall best inexpensive 70-pints-per-day unit is rated for up to 2,500 sq. ft. is FRIGIDAIRE Energy Star 70-Pint Dehumidifier It will keep your home comfortable and also protect it from mold, mildew and airborne particles that can make breathing difficult for some people. About $240.
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. About $150. For intermediate to advance: Janome Mod-100 is a remarkable top-of-the-line computerized model that has everything an advanced sewist would want, with a price you’d expect for a beginner machine. About $275.
HANDHELD GARMENT STEAMER. Housmile garment steamer is a portable fabric steamer brush for clothes. Perfect for travel because it’s lightweight, comes with two styles of brush heads and produces excellent steam. I much prefer its performance over the more traditional style of garment steamer. It’s great! About $35.
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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. About $115
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. The folks at Shark release new and upgraded versions almost continuously. Presently I have three models of Shark Professional Lift-Away vacuums in my home. All of them vacuum with amazing results, but the newest is even lighter weight with maneuverability that lets me speed vacuum with tremendous ease. About $180.
SMART TV. It doesn’t have the most bells and whistles, but it’s a good, solid smart television for the money TCL 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV features 4K feature together with High Dynamic Range (HDR) to produce the most lifelike picture quality. It’s a beauty! About $500.
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, egg cooker, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer (depending on the model you choose). The price varies greatly from one model to the next. My pick for the best is Instant Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. It is sweet! About $130.
CARPET STAIN TREATMENT. Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover is the best out there at any price! Just make sure you test it in an inconspicuous spot (inside a closet is a good idea) first. Not all carpeting is colorfast, for example. I have never had any negative results with Spot Shot, but have heard from two readers in the past who did. Please test first. Three-pack: About $30.
Don’t see the Best Inexpensive™ item you’re looking for? No problem. Send me a message, then keep watching. You might just see me in your email box with a response, or yourself right here in an upcoming post.
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