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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fool Me Once...

Every girl knows there are certain things you just don't buy the cheapest version of. My list includes toilet paper, tampons, eyeliner, tape, wine openers, champagne and cream cheese. I am now adding another item to the list: lint rollers.

I currently live with three cats, so lint rollers are a necessary part of my "getting ready" routine. I generally buy the good kind (at Costco, of course...bulk is key here), but last week I discovered that my brother had used up the last roller earlier that morning. Jerk. So I swung by Target on my way to work and picked one up from my beloved $1 section. Other $1 Target section items have been fantastic, including their mini flower pots. Besides, a sticky sheet on a roller is a sticky sheet on a roller, right?

WRONG. There is nothing worse than being locked in an epic struggle with your lint roller. Cheap lint rollers are like cheap tape: they shred and bunch up and get stuck to EVERYTHING and end up a total mess. I must have peeled through 3/4 of the roll before I finally got to a decent, whole sheet. As a result, less than a week later I needed a new lint roller. I still hadn't had time to go to Costco, so I went to Target again. I walked huffily past the $1 section to the "good" roller section.

There they were: a whole section of lovely, good quality rollers. Good quality EXPENSIVE rollers. Being used to the Costco multi-pack, I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a single lint roller. So I slunk back to the $1 section. Maybe that first roller was just a fluke. Maybe it was part of a bad batch.

Maybe I'm an idiot. Needless to say, that second roller was every bit as frustrating as the first. Never again will I go for the cheap lint roller. I will make the time to go to Costco and, when absolutely necessary, shell out the exorbitant price for a single, good quality roller.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


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  2. Or you could switch out one of your cats for these: