In which I come clean about being a skinflint, but no more!

June 30, 2009

On Sunday afternoon, halfway through ironing work shirts for Monday, the iron started playing up. The steam stopped coming and instead water started dribbling everywhere. “No problem”, I thought, we’re heading to the airport to pick up the brother and sister in law, we’ll set off early and pick up another at Asda. Doh! Paul reminded me it was Sunday and the 24 hour Asda didn’t live up to the name on the sabbath.

The comment about popping into Asda and buying another one appears quite flippant and really doesnt do justice to my shopping history. I suppose this is the bit where I come clean about how I’ve been such a skinflint with irons over the last few years. We bought a new iron when we moved into the new house and I have to admit I bought a cheap Asda model for less than a tenner. It broke down after two years and I thought to act daft about how old it was, pretend I’d lost the receipt and chance my arm and take it back for a replacement. They didnt sell the same model any longer, no surprise after that time, and even the barcode had been reassigned to a television. After some discussion the nice lady agreed to replace the iron and found what she thought was the discontinued iron product code. I happily agreed that it sounded like the fifteen pounds I paid (hehe) and I left the store with a new Morphy Richards worth twenty quid.

Score so far, two years ironing for £10 and an upgraded iron.

The story doesnt end there, two years later the new iron stopped working, the steam burst button wouldnt press down so I took it back. So in March 2006 they swapped it for a slightly updated version of the same model. At no cost!

Score so far, four years ironing, total cost £15 and in fact this brings us right up to date and the third iron giving up the ghost. So in fact that make the score seven years ironing for £15. How good is that!

Except, after all that I’ve never been that happy with any of those irons. I’m the chief ironer in the house, which is more about my control freakery than anything else, and I just never loved those irons.

I was thinking about this on Monday while looking for a new iron to “pop” out and buy and decided that no longer would I scrimp! I wanted to have an iron that can simply DO the job.

In my search I found this iron and knew I had fulfilled my quest!.


Gaze upon this iron and tell me that it is not a thing of beauty. It is also, if there ever was such a thing, a Mans iron! Look at the colours, it’s like an 1980’s teenage boys duvet cover in black, silver and white. Actually my duvet also had a stripe of red but y’know its almost 🙂

The next day I got to try out the new iron and OMG I ironed two shirts in half the normal time. I’m not kidding when I say it is amazing, upon unpacking I was slightly upset to find the steam burst button on the wrong side for my thumb. After ironing two shirts I noticed that I hadnt even had to press the steam button once and results were amazing. Compare this to old irons that needed steam button pressing constantly with poor results.

The morale of the story is here.

I spent quite a lot more than I normally would and was rewarded.

Go figure!

PS. Its an £80 iron but was on sale at Argos for £40 so yay! still saved some cash 🙂

Return of the Spelling Police

February 15, 2009

Just a quickie, I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you all 🙂


The Tiempo concession stall in the Meadowhall shopping mall where, despite the urgency of the signs, the sale is still running one week later 🙂

Cutting the cord……

December 8, 2008

It was my Birthday last week and amongst my lovely cards, I also scored some cash!

I’ve been thinking of going wireless for some time now, so this seemed like a golden opportunity.

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Thanks to all that contributed 🙂

Crappy Christmas Gifts #001

November 2, 2008

Grandad, ” Oh, look Mummy, one of those wee-wee things!”

Grandma, “It is, isn’t it? Oh, yes the wireless controllers, I remember something about that.”

Grandad, “…and it’s only £29.99 reduced from £49.99, I thought they were much more expensive than that last Christmas.”

Grandma, “Lets get 2, we can keep one at our house for when ‘lil Jonny comes to visit and one for his Christmas present.”


There’s gonna be tears all over this Christmas. I can’t believe they get away with selling this crap!

Cup 68

October 4, 2008

Say hello to my new babies 🙂

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I know! Wonderful, are they not?

Adidas Cup 68 in Brown, Ventura and Gum. An update on the Chile 62 shoe, sporting the same pull-on tags and side tabs. Sadly, you cant see the soles which feature the most fantastic looking fake green studs.

I wore them last night and I’m offically saying sorry to anyone that thought I was rude! I wasn’t ignoring anyone or avoiding eye contact, It’s just that I spent so much time looking down at my shoes!

If I’m taken by any one thing in particular it’s the gum sole, I love it, its so retro and so perfect against the green upper.

Tell me you love them too!

Sour, sweet and hot salad

July 30, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 30

My brunch snack yesterday, a salad of melon, garlic stuffed olives and spianata calabrese salami.

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The super hot peppery salami against the sweet cool flavour of the melon edged by the sour garlicky olives was a sensational combination.

The salami was a surprise for me that Paul brought back from the supermarket the other day. It’s not one I’ve tried before but I’ll be having it again for sure. Here is what it looked like before I chopped it up. I’ve not seen a salami this shape before either!

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You can see the peppercorns, I don’t have to tell you how hot it was 🙂

What a load of crab.

May 18, 2008

Look at this pack of Crab Claw Meat, pretty good value you may think.

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Now look again at the underside of the pot, its like totally concave, so in fact you get only about half as much crab meat as youre expecting.

What a swizz!

Belt up.

May 16, 2008

I dumbfounded myself yesterday, I bought a Jasper Conran belt, it is very nice, but I’ve never paid more than £10 for a belt before, it is nice though, I do deserve nice things, it is so very stylish too, you wont see many belts like this one, have I convinced you (or myself) yet that it was worth the money and besides it sort of makes up for the dissapointment of looking at that belt in thailand and thinking oh, I’ll get that tomorow and then never seeing it again and it was a unique design with a solid buckle that has a sort of red cross button in the centre that released the belt, anyway I cant do it justice but it was luuvvverrly, I always think why didnt I buy it, now I wont ever think that about my wonderfully simple yet stylish Jasper Conran belt.

Living Will

April 27, 2008

Look what I spotted in a well known store inside Manchester Airport.

I’m sure they give a lot of comfort to all the nervous flyers that pass through every day.

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The thing is they were everywhere, not only on this display unit but also repeated at regular intervals around the store. That’s what I call selling to peoples fears!

One or two thoughts spring to mind, if I buy one and fill it out, perhaps in the bar, dont I need some sort of witness? Perhaps a Solicitor to make things official?

How about the fact that if I fill it out, I now have the only copy of my possibly invalid Will with me and in the event my plane goes down it will go down in flames along with me!

What a gyp!

The daily grind.

April 4, 2008

The lovely Min and Lee bought me a wonderful gift this week. My very own Pestle and Mortar.

I’ve wanted one for a while but just not spotted the right one, if I had have, then this would be it!

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On Saturday I spotted an ok one in Morrisons, and I even put it in the basket. Paul was quite strong in letting me know that he didnt like it and it wouldnt go in the kitchen and it was the wrong size, colour and everything. Later after shopping we dropped in at his Mums house and I even relayed the story of how he wouldnt let me buy the Pestle & Mortar, he even “got dun” off his Mum. Now I find out that he was only trying to put me off because he knew that Min was looking for a nice one to get me as a gift.

I should have known something was wrong, we never stop each other buying things we really want!

(I did apologise for telling his Mum!)

Hint Hint, if you also feel the need to buy me a gift any time soon, I’ve got my eye on one of these 😉

My masala dabba Originally uploaded by Laquet.