First, a little business.
As many of you are probably aware, there is a little competition going on called DABWAHA. Like college basketball’s March Madness, romance and UF novels are pitted against each other, face a vote, and then advance to the next round.
Yesterday, the unthinkable happened and my bracket was completely destroyed and a fellow Odd Shot’s book was up against a powerhouse in the bookstore and on television another wonderful book, and although ON THE EDGE received an incredible amount of votes (you all are awesome!) it didn’t advance to the second round.
But there are two Odd Shots books left. Nalini’s BRANDED BY FIRE and ANGELS’ BLOOD. They’ve already received their votes for this round, but there are many others to vote on … and within a few days, Nalini’s will be back up.
And we really want her to kick some ass. So, every twelve hours, there is a new vote here: http://dabwaha.com/blog/ And if you want to trash talk the other books, please feel free. It’s all healthy competition and THEY ARE ALL GOING DOWN, BEEEEEEYOTCHES!!
I’ll wait for you to come back.
(The Odd Shots are also donating the Wooden Spoon prize for the worst bracket — books and chocolate covered spoons. It would be really, really sad if I ended up getting those. But I’d still lick share them.)
Anyway, my shopping snobbery. I’ve never quite realized it, but there is a limit to how cheap I’ll go. Now, I’m a bargain hunter, and I’ll buy store brand without a second thought (except in a few instances where store brand just doesn’t make me as happy as the real stuff — I’m looking at you, Diet Pepsi with Lime.) But yesterday I went to The Dollar Store for notebooks, and realized there are some things I just can’t do.
See, The Dollar Store is awesome for parties, or crafts, or teachers — and if you’re really strapped for cash, they’ve got some food items that can keep you going. And there are really cheap cleaning supplies. These are things that I wouldn’t mind spending just a dollar on:
They also have kitchen items, like slotted spoons — and I’d totally buy a new spoon for a dollar (although I’d probably pass on the paring knife, because when it comes to knives, it’s usually worth it to spend a little more.)
Things I wouldn’t buy at a dollar store:
And I’ll leave off the picture of the stool softener, but … yeah. And maybe this test is just as accurate as the more expensive ones, but I’ll admit there are times when I feel more secure spending more money, even if it’s an illusion.
Where do you draw that line? What kind of items would you be leery of if they came really cheap … even if the stuff inside was the same as the more expensive one?