I never want to hear the words “duvet cover” again.
If you’re wondering, a duvet cover is a blanket for your blanket. It’s a thing you buy when you’re an adult and you want a nice, clean bed to sleep in after a long, hard day of work. I’m not down on duvet covers. I get it. You spend a lot of time in bed; you want to be comfortable. But duvet covers are expensive. And if you don’t have the duvet itself, you have to buy that, too. Maybe even some matching pillowcases. And a nice throw if you’re feeling fancy.
Over the past several years, my fiance and I have shopped around for bedding more than I care to admit. The thing is, I’ve always insisted on the cheapest option. Here’s how our conversation usually goes:
BRIAN: We need new sheets. It’s cold and ours are uncomfortable.
ME: Cool. Let’s go look.
(GO TO THE STORE)
BRIAN: This one looks nice.
ME: Yeah, it does–WAIT FIFTY DOLLARS? Nope. Put it back. I know a dude that sells them outside the gas station for 20.
I’m not exaggerating. The first time we went shopping for sheets, we bought them from a dude outside the gas station for twenty bucks. Needless to say, they were stiff and uncomfortable and in the next few months, we wanted different bedding. So we went back. I cheaped out again. This happened a few more times in the next several years.
Recently, Brian said, “Hey we need a new duvet cover. This one warped in the washing machine.” I snapped, “How many times are we going to buy a new duvet cover?!” And then I realized: if we would’ve just spent the money on quality bedding in the first place, we wouldn’t be replacing it every six months or so. [click to continue…]