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There Are Things In Life That You Shouldn’t Skimp On

There Are Some Things In Life You Shouldn't Skimp On

As much as I love finding a good deal and saving money now and then, there are things that just don’t pay to skimp on. Some of these lessons I have learned the hard way and some that I’ve heard from others.


I am reminded of how important a quality bed is every time I stay at a hotel. Some aren’t too bad but I’ve slept on some that are either way too firm or almost worn out. You can tell right away that they are cheaply made. We shelled out a good amount for our bed years ago and have no regrets. I think the higher end models seem to last longer as well. Hard to put a price tag on good sleep and a pain free back.

Shoes and Socks

As much as I hate paying up for socks, I’ve found that one shouldn’t skimp on them. It seems like the cheaper ones are either too thin, wear out too fast, or don’t quite fit right. The one thing I always hated getting for Christmas from my parents is now something I look forward to. Brand new Nike socks!

Same goes for shoes. I’m all for finding good sales on your favorite brands of footwear, but stick to the good brands. One thing you don’t want are feet problems. Feet issues can lead to back problems as one over compensates. I always tend to wear my shoes way too long until they are almost falling apart. That isn’t good either obviously. Take care of your feet!


When you live in the upper Midwest like I do, having good tires is a must. Some people opt to have a good set of snow tires that they use specifically during the winter. I prefer a good all season tire so I don’t have to monkey around with switching sets. The first set of tires that came on our current vehicle needed to be replaced at 30k miles. I was fairly disappointed with that. I did some research on Tire Rack and found a highly rated (and fairly spendy) set that has lasted for 50k miles and counting so far. They are getting to the point to where they need to get replaced soon though. Remember that you are putting yourself and family at risk when driving on poor quality tires.


Have you heard anyone say “don’t buy cheap toilet paper”? Well that might be true but I would go one step further and recommend not to skimp on the actual toilet. In our former residence, there was an old toilet that needed to go so we picked up a cheap one. I figured a toilet was basically a toilet. Wrong. While it did the job, there is definitely a difference in comfort and flushing power as funny as it is to say. We replaced another one a couple of years later and probably paid twice as much but it was a much better unit.


I don’t have the need to use tools very often so I can get by with cheaper stuff. However, I have a good friend that is in the construction business and he only buys the best of the best tools because they simply hold up better than the lower priced tools. He doesn’t have time for things to be breaking down while on the job as time is money.

Readers- What things can you add to the list from your own experiences?


  1. Haha, I feel ya about the socks! As a kid basically anything clothing was a waste of a present that could have been toys! I mean, my family had to clothe me anyway.

    Now I love the feeling when you wear those new socks for the first time – such comfort!

    Buying quality products for items that you plan on using often and for a long time is something that I have learned over the years as well. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying them new, though.

    Because those high-quality products are actually perfect for buying used! You get to save some cash, while the things are made to last.

    After suffering with a crappy blender for years, we bought a used vitamix for $100 and the thing is a beast. Good as new for a fraction of the new price!

    • Mr Defined Sight

      March 31, 2017 at 9:14 am

      I agree about buying the good stuff used. Anytime you can cut off that initial price hit of buying new helps so much. Especially if the product works just as well. I’ll keep that in mind about the vitamix. We don’t use blenders too often but you never know when that might change. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. My wife and I don’t skimp on quality ingridents for food. We try to buy things that make sense for the lifestyle we want to live in the future 🙂 So hopefully paying a little bit more will save us some health problems in the future 🙂

    • Mr Defined Sight

      March 31, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Good point. I’ve been spending a bit more at the grocery store buying healthier foods and ingredients. Somethings are indeed worth paying more for. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think a big one is food. A lot of people focus on cutting down their grocery bill, but I disagree! A satisfied stomach is super important to me. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I should go and eat out, but making healthy, delicious home cooked meals is my priority most days

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      We are trying to make better meals at home as well. Plus with the weather warming up here, grilling season will be in full swing. Gotta love that! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      • I used to barbecue all of my meat as well. But then I found out that barbecuing too much leads to an increased chance of getting cancer, so now I resort to barbecuing once a week.

        • Mr Defined Sight

          April 5, 2017 at 11:38 am

          I have heard that too. Since we have a shorter grilling season here, I’m hoping that balances it out a bit. Plus I have to cut back on the red meat now which is of course my favorite thing to grill.

  4. I agree about food as well – but is still possible to eat really well, for cheap, if you meal plan, shop your cupboards and find the best places to shop.

    I don’t know about toilets but cheap toilet paper is the worst!!

    • Mr Defined Sight

      April 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I agree about the food. We have been doing freezer meals lately which make meals after work really convenient. Trying to be a bit healthier with our food choices as well. Like you said, just have to take time to prep and prepare. Thanks for stopping by!

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