In a follow up to my 5 Things you should stop paying for post, below I am listing 5 things that you should be paying more for. Being frugal is great and I am all for saving money, but there is some things you really should be smart about and dish out the money for when needed. It may be great to save money and get items for nearly no cost too you, but sometimes you have to spend a little extra for better quality. Generic is great in most cases and when you can buy cheap I say go for it. HOWEVER, if that $1 Hair Brush breaks on you tomorrow, or that laundry detergent doesn't do the job, are you really saving in the end? No. Check out these 5 things you really should be paying more for and not worrying about saving a buck. In the end when you purchase something of better quality for a bit bigger price tag you will save more because it will last longer and give more use too you.
- Coffee. I'm not talking about the trips to your local starbucks or dunkin donuts.. but your home brewed cup of joe. You can save a lot of money not spending on a cup each day at local establishments but if you're drinking at home you want good quality. Pay for the premium Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts BRAND or opt to get whole beans and grind yourself.
- Shoes. I am not saying this just because I am a female and have a love for all things shoes (lol).. but because I am a firm believer that any pair of shoes that you buy should be comfortable enough to walk at least a mile in. I hate when I buy a cheap pair of shoes and end up with blisters after only one wear. If you spend a considerable amount of time on your feet I say spend a decent amount of money on a good fitting pair of shoes.
- Clothing. I am all for discounts when out shopping.. However you must consider the quality of the clothing you are purchasing. The shirt you pay $7 for may only last a few washes before fading and losing size and quality. Buying trusted brands will ensure that your clothing will last longer, fit better, and overall better quality. Shop at a local thrift store, good will or even yard sales to find Brand name clothing at a discount price.
- Car. I'm not saying you have to buy a brand new car, but if you're buying used – the newer the better. Buying a newer car with less miles and less time on the road will save you money on maintenance and problems down the road. Not every good deal is as good as it looks, so be cautious and find a car that will last you a long time. Have your mechanic take a look at any used car you are purchasing before buying to ensure no problems down the road.
- Toilet Paper. The cheap stuff just doesn't get the job done right! You end up using much more and going through a roll much faster when purchasing the cheap brands of toilet paper. Buy quality toilet paper like Charmin and Cottonelle; while higher priced it will last longer and work better. You can always find great coupons online to print or in your Sunday Paper for great toilet paper brands.
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