Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Why Buying a Coach Purse is a Good Investment

Alrighty all of you skeptics out there, hear me out before you pass judgment. Yours truly is NOT made of money.  A long time ago in a land far, far away (nine+ years ago), I used to work for an oil company. A very generous attorney gave me a gift certificate to a large department store. I combined it with some other money I received for Christmas and a little savings and purchased my first Coach purse. Believe me, it hurt to spend that much money on a purse. It was a practical black leather purse that I could use every day. I am not one of those girls who likes a new purse every season, so I was very happy with my purchase. Then about four years later, the zipper got caught in the liner and ripped the liner. I mailed it off for repairs. (I should mention here that Coach does free repairs to its purses. There is a $20 mailing fee) It was beyond repair, but they gave me a huge credit for a new purse. I decided on a larger one (another practical black leather purse without a liner) added a little money to it, and ordered it. I have enjoyed that purse immensely until a few months ago the zipper broke. Recently I was in the Coach store and they were happy to send it in for me, no charge, for repairs. Considering that my initial purchase was nine years ago, and I spent a small additional amount about five years ago I figure I am waaaaay ahead. If I had purchased a cheaper purse nine years ago and the liner ripped, I'd have been out a purse. I would have had to replace it numerous times since then. Hands down, I think this is one of the best investments I've made. You need a purse, you might as well get a good one. My initial investment has paid off big time and I get to carry a purse with a label! If you are considering this purchase, just stop thinking about it and do it!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A "Dad-Gum" Mess - or - How to get Gum Out of Your Clothes

My dear husband, and Dad to my two boys, has a little bit of a problem. He forgets to empty his pockets before throwing his clothes in the hamper. I always forget to check before I throw them in the wash. Recently, Dad has taken to chewing gum and often forgets to take the gum packet out of his pocket. Today I opened up the washer to find a sticky mess all over several favorite items of clothing ("Dad-Gum" it).
I tried the old ice trick. It took off a good portion, but the residue was still there. I almost threw my clothes away when I decided it didn't hurt to try my favorite stain remover Soilove. I let it soak for about 15 minutes and then put more on the stain. I started to scrape with my fingernail and the gum started to loosen. I removed as much as I could and put another dose of the Soilove and removed the remainder of the gum. I couldn't save the sock but it was my husbands so I didn't feel too bad. ;)  I washed the clothes again, and they came out beautifully. This cheap little dollar store stain remover has saved me money again! It is worth its weight in gold!


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