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?