I promised that I'd draw a number out of the hat for the Simple Living Handbook re-giveaway if Kathi from Florida, the original Simple Living Handbook giveaway winner, didn't reappear. She didn't. If she ever does I promise I will make it up to her.
I got one of my kids to draw a number out of the hat. The number was 9. Commenter number 9 (if you take away a duplicate commenter) was Louise Houghton so Louise is the winner this time! Pleeeeease drop me an email via the blog's email (email@example.com) with your address, Louise, so I can post the book to you.
That's my Tilley hat in the picture. One of my favourite possessions. Tilley hats are not cheap but last year I invested in one (and it was truly an investment at nearly £60) in the interests of good sun protection. Usually I'll scrimp and save and look for the secondhand or cheapest option but sometimes it's worth spending out, especially when personal health is concerned. And Tilley hat owners must be a loyal bunch who hang on to their hats - you won't find many bargains on eBay. I was also after, once and for all, a hat with a brim that doesn't flop around and which doesn't blow away in the slightest gust of wind - the Tilley stays firmly put and even has adjustable strings for extreme weather conditions.
Tilley, a Canadian company, pride themselves on making good quality products "handmade with Canadian persnickitiness", that last. Their hats come with a life-time guarantee - worn-out hats will be relaced for a small fee. A letter in a recent Which? consumer magazine from a Tilley hat owner praised them for successfully replacing his hat after 18 years.
I'm hoping that this is a case where the initial investment will be outweighed by the fact that I will never ever need to purchase another sun hat again and so it will work out to be a frugal choice in the long run. I just mustn't lose the hat.
What also swayed me in my decision were the environmental credentials of my particular hat - the Tilley 'Mash-Up' - it is made of 70% recycled hemp and 30% organic cotton. It's not a flashy hat - it's simple, eco and I think frugal. That's how I like it.
I'm curious - what items are you prepared to spend more on, in the hope that they will last well and save you money in the long term?
All opinions my own - this was not a sponsored post in any way.