I think that one of the best furniture investments I've ever made was buying a neutral couch with washable cushion covers. Every once in a while I just toss the cover in the wash and it's like new again!
Last week the zipper on my couch cushion separated as I was putting it back on the cushion. Boo! I tried Googling and YouTubing for easy fixes, but it looked like I needed it to be re-zipped.
I considered the fact that I have an average of 1,001 things on my to-do list and decided to hand this job off to a professional over at my neighborhood dry cleaner. The fee for the new zipper and sewing absolutely shocked me... only $15. I just couldn't believe that someone would actually do something for me for under $20!!
It was then that I realized that owning a house really affects my view of the value of services. Based off of my recent plumbing, electrical, tiling and even painting bills I expected the zipper repair to run somewhere in the $50 range. Seriously.
This house effect hit again last Friday. Thank goodness that Hugo ended up being okay after eating an entire gel ice pack!! The price of the eight hour observation and induced vomiting really didn't matter compared to having our Hugo... but I fully expected the bill to be around $200-250. Walking out having only paid $75 seemed like another steal!
I mean, can you imagine what a plumber would charge to watch over Hugo for a day?!
PS After Friday's incident, Hugo and I agreed that he would stick to chewing on doggy toys... we'll see if he holds up on his end of the bargain.