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Treb3

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Expensive Wants Cheaper
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:13:16 PM »
Hi folks! I've had a few items on my "wants" list for a few months now, but they are so expensive that I can't justify the expenditure. I want a Roomba (bad allergies so I vacuum a lot but I do have to admit that I have a lovely 3 year-old Dyson), an Instant pot, a carbonator (I LOVE seltzer water), and replacement wireless headphones. Anyone know of products that serve similar functions but aren't so expensive? Thank you!

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 06:29:23 PM »
What about looking for them on Craigslist? Or shopping deals/using gift cards? Waiting until Black Friday to see if there are any deals?

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 09:09:34 PM »
Do you have a Best Buy near you?  They seem to be really pushing people who have their credit card to run up balances.  In the past few weeks I have gotten several "bonus" offers -- either discount coupons or extra points (which you can cash in on purchases).  Might be able to use the card to "stack" your different purchases to maximize discounts and points.  I think they have a 10% discount when you first sign up, so you could start with the most expensive item (probably the roomba) and work down the list, watching sale prices.  They also price match.


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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 09:32:09 PM »
Most thrift stores are FULL of expensive, lightly used appliances. Try there first.

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2018, 08:19:55 AM »
I fairly regularly see sales on Instant Pots, but am holding out for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales before I buy one as a Christmas gift for my parents (mom saw ours and really liked it). My husband wouldn’t tell me how much he paid for mine last year, but I know it was a good Cyber Monday deal.

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 08:22:22 PM »
Instead of the trendy Instant Pot, a decent stainless steel stove-top pressure cooker will last you a lifetime and only set you back around $40-$50 for a brand new one.  I've been using mine for around 5 years, nearly every day.  Probably my best ever kitchen purchase.   

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 08:04:11 PM »
Thanks all!!

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 08:00:57 AM »
Yes, I got my Instapot at Goodwill. It probably isnt an especially fancy ome, but I looked it up,and it retailed for over $100.00. I paid $8.

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2018, 08:27:54 AM »
Instead of the trendy Instant Pot, a decent stainless steel stove-top pressure cooker will last you a lifetime and only set you back around $40-$50 for a brand new one.  I've been using mine for around 5 years, nearly every day.  Probably my best ever kitchen purchase.   

Same here:), although I am tempted by the new Ninja version of an Instapot that lets you crisp up in the same pot, the price tag easily convinces me that really I can live just fine without the Instapot - well, maybe:)

1. Edited to add that I vote for a Black Friday deal on the Instapot unless you have the time to trawl the thrift stores. I live in an area with tons of thrift stores and tons of retirees making thrift stores their new "retirement hobby".
2. Bed Bath & Beyond always has good deals and if you score a 20% off coupon good for any item - it's an even better deal.
3. Local Facebook Group often has new, used or even free items - worth looking into.

@ Neo - damn, $70 at Walmart and the pet edition too. I may have to add that to my Xmas wishlist.
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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2018, 08:31:58 AM »
For seltzer water - co2 tank + regulator + "diy carbonator caps" + recycled 1L or 2L seltzer bottles

You should be able to buy a co2 tank and reg on craigslist from someone liquidating their homebrewing equipment for pretty cheap.

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2018, 09:28:26 AM »
Don't go with the Roomba brand. We bought a Eufy vacuum on prime day for ~$150, and it works great. I think Roomba is grossly overpriced due to having brand recognition

This is the newer version of the one we got, and it's $199

https://smile.amazon.com/eufy-RoboVac-Suction-Self-Charging-Medium-Pile/dp/B079QYYGF1/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541780833&sr=8-2&keywords=eufy&dpID=41lU2pjpnZL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
For seltzer water - co2 tank + regulator + "diy carbonator caps" + recycled 1L or 2L seltzer bottles

You should be able to buy a co2 tank and reg on craigslist from someone liquidating their homebrewing equipment for pretty cheap.
You don't need a regulator.
My setup is:
Paint ball Co2 tanks; 2 20oz tanks  One was used / craigslist  2nd was from Amazon
ASA valve  - Ebay
small pressure gauge - Ebay
1/4" nylon reinforced tubing, 1ft - hardware store
"carbonator caps"  stainless steel  2  they screw onto 2L soda bottles - Amazon
ball lock; a quick disconnect use on beer and soda kegs, fits the carbonator caps - Amazon
1/4" fittings; barbed for connecting tubing, T  - hardware store

Use:
1.8L of filtered water into a 2L soda bottle ('head' room for the Co2)  put on a carbonator cap
Connect the Co2 to the bottle via the ball lock.
Slowly open the asa valve, watching the gauge.  Turn off the valve at (about) 60 psi.  Disconnect the ball lock. 
I lay the bottle on it's side for more surface area
You will probably want to 'top off' the Co2 back to 60 a 2nd time - the pressure goes down as the Co2 is absorbed by the water - I don't like my soda very bubbly

Also - I get my Co2 for cheap by buying dry ice, crushing it in a tyvek envelope with a piece of 2x4 and funneling it into my tanks.  I use a digital scale to control how much I crush / put in.  I also weight the bottle w/ dry ice before putting the valve back on.
Note: you need a way to clamp the tank and a BIG wrench to get the valve off the tank the first time.  I used a 3.5" muffler clamp bolted to a board.

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Re: Expensive Wants Cheaper
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2018, 02:01:19 PM »
Yes, I suppose you don't need a regulator. I had one for my brewing setup anyway. OP: If you don't want to futz around with refilling co2 tanks, swapping out a 5lb tank is pretty cheap. $15-$20 and it will make you 25+ gallons of seltzer.

You can make your own carbonator caps pretty easy. Buy 10 tire stem valves on ebay and fit them to the recycled seltzer bottle tops. Then fit a brass tire chuck to the co2 tank.