One of the reasons why I started this blog is so people could hopefully learn from my [many] mistakes. Today, we’re going to talk about everyday items that are worth the extra money.
We all know that I’m a huge advocate for saving, and I’ve shared money saving tips with you before. However, I have finally learned that when you’re buying true essentials, it’s ok to spend a little more money to get a LOT more quality in your life. In other words, there are some things that aren’t worth cheaping out on- learn from my mistakes!
Here are 5 everyday items that are worth the extra money:
Mr. NavigatingAdultood and I used to try to save money by buying a giant pack of the cheapest socks at Walmart. The only problem was that these socks would only last a week or two. I swear, they were almost like “one time use socks.” After you washed them, they would shrink to different sizes and the elastic would be be shot.
This cycle would repeat again every two months or so when our socks would stop staying up on their own and we would have to buy more [cheap] socks to replenish the stash. It was a vicious cycle until we realized that spending money on better quality socks was cheaper and less frustrating in the long run. Example: I bought a huge pack of Adidas socks from Costco 2 years ago and while they were a pricey investment [I think they were over $2 a pair], they’re still in really good shape.
When I first moved out on my own, I was on a very tight budget and I exclusively bought one-ply toilet paper because it was the cheapest kind at the store. Mr. NavigatingAdulthood would complain about it when he came to visit, but I blocked him out by saying, “Toilet paper is toilet paper.” When we started living together, he refused to buy anything other than two-ply toilet paper. ….Guys, two-ply toilet paper is AMAZING- like in comparison, one-ply toilet paper feels like cheap sandpaper. Do we spend more on this household staple? Yes- but it’s totally worth it. I can’t go back now! The one-ply toilet paper life is not worth the savings. I know Barry from Money We Have feels the same way!
I used to be a cheap shoe junkie. I used to go to the DSW clearance racks at least twice a month and would find some amazing deals. Unfortunately, most of these shoes were either really uncomfortable [like uncomfortable to the point where I couldn’t stand in them for 30 minutes] or they were really cheaply made. I remember one time I was out, and a strap on a shoe broke and it was really embarrassing.
I’m still a bargain shoe hunter, but my base price point has significantly gone up, because now I factor things in like what material it’s made of, how much cushioning there is, etc. I have less shoes now, but I definitely wear them more.
Quality Winter Coat
I live in the Boston area where we get a lot of snow- in 2016, we broke the record for the most snow ever recorded with 108.6 inches. Needless to say, it gets pretty cold here. When I first moved out to the East Coast from sunny Arizona, I was appalled that a quality winter coat could cost $300. So, I bought 2 cheap coats at less than $100 a piece and basically froze to a human icicle for my first winter. I bought a less cheap coat and FINALLY upgraded to a waterproof long down coat that last winter [similar to this]. Had I just bought a quality coat my first winter [3 years ago] I could have saved myself a lot of discomfort and money.
A few years ago, Mr. NavigatingAdulthood and I put an extra effort into improving our oral hygiene. Part of that effort went into flossing on a regular basis and not just the week before we had a teeth cleaning. Don’t judge- we’ve all been there, you floss religiously right before that appointment so when they ask you, “Do you floss?” you can honestly say, “Yes.”
Last year, Mr. NA’s dental office started giving out samples of Glide floss and we immediately noticed how much nicer it was than the $2 floss we had been using before. It doesn’t fray in your teeth when you floss, it actually gets food out, and it doesn’t have that gross waxy feeling. If you hate flossing, I strongly encourage you to try this brand out- it makes a world of difference!
Takeaway: what every person values is different. Think about what you really value and if you can afford to spend a little extra for a better quality of life, go for it!
Let me know in the comments below: what everyday items do you think are worth the extra money?