Friday, October 10th, 2008

Couch Trip?


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Are you so bored with this:

That you would be willing to swap it for this?:

Wednesday I was rolling change to pay my AmEx minimum payment and watching Oprah. The topic was getting creative about being thrifty. There was a lot of talk of coupons, bike rides, and getting free DVDs from the library. One very creative idea came from two women who were sick of their own decor but didn’t have redecorating bucks. They decided to swap couches to get a new look. This is a cool idea. It made me lift up the cushions, drag out the vacuum attachment, and get all the scary crud out from under the cushions. I’m not really thinking about swapping couches with anyone, but for some reason I became acutely aware of how disgusting it looked under there when I was looking for my friend’s lost cell phone last week. Wow, I just reread this paragraph and I sound like a pretty sad case on so many levels! Maybe I’ll go read The Secret after I finish writing this…

Is there anyone you’d like to swap couches with? Remember that Tom Cruise jumped on hers in a Scientological amorous frenzy and broke all the springs, so you probably don’t want Oprah’s. I was looking for images of hideous sofas for this post and came across a funny site – it’s the ugliest couch competition.  That hot mess of calico pictured above was only the fifth runner up!

To read about more of Oprah’s thrifty tips, click here. By the way, there is a big difference between being thrifty and being cheap. Por ejemplo, being thrifty is budgeting when and where you can afford to go out to eat. Being cheap is being that person in the group who doesn’t throw in for tax and tip, counting the cash in the tip pile, saying it’s “too much” because it’s 20% and then taking the extra dollars and putting them in your pocket. I’ve been out to eat with many of you (there’s one of you in every group, and you whip out pen, paper and calculator when the bill comes), and apparently, you DO NOT know who you are.

Another rant: I don’t know how much skype is paying Oprah, but the integration of skype on her show is incredibly annoying and awkward. I suppose showing someone via skype instead of flying them to Chicago to attend the show reduces Oprah’s carbon footprint, but it makes for really crappy TV.

Barcelona Sofa image from gibraltarfurniture

Ugly sofa picture from

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Zia Ahmed says:

    October 13th, 2008 at 11:04 pm (#)

    Nice post, I really appreciate.

  2. Krisse says:

    October 17th, 2008 at 8:03 am (#)

    There is nothing wrong paying what you have eaten. If we split check, I will give what I have consumed with tax and tip. I do not assume that the salad eaters have to pay for my fillet mignon. And I am not paying 20% service if it is not worth 20%. But I do tip even more when I get good service.

  3. Becky says:

    October 17th, 2008 at 8:37 am (#)

    HI Krisse, I totally agree with you, I’m talking about those people who do not throw in tax and tip and then count the tip and take “the extra dollars” and put them in their pocket even though everyone else at the table threw in more bucks to compensate for the cheapo non-tipper, non-taxpayer!

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