There are things in life you can cut corners on.
Eating out. Redecorating your kitchen for the millionth time this decade. Gifts for family and friends that end up bigger than Ben Hur.
And then there are other things in life that can’t involve cutting corners.
Sometimes you need to spend money to save money, and here are five instances when that is most definitely the case.
It’s expensive. It’s painful. It involves small chat with someone who is employed to cause you unreasonable levels of pain, cost you a fortune and wave you off as you leave. Swollen tongues, numb lips and a drill, flailing around in your mouth. Needless to say, I can understand the appeal of avoiding the dentist. Everyone does it. But how much can it cost you? It can be a huge. A simple filling, or a good clean by the dentist might cost you $100.
Let the rotting go on unattended, and you’ll find yourself in root canal or extraction land for several thousand. It’s extra painful, and they might end up recommending you go to a peridontist as well, at which point you’ve cost yourself a small fortune. I remind myself once a quarter, that it’s just one cost (and one form of torture) that I’ll just have to endure.
A Good Suit
Trivial, I know. Clothes are clothes. But a suit, which may be what you wear to all great occasions, including big job interviews, should fit you right. Buying a suit that will start to thread on the first wear is a waste of money- you’ll get ample opportunities to wear it, so invest in something that is appropriate and well-cut.
It might help you get that big job, and then how much money you’ll save. The same actually goes for shoes. Buying cheap shoes doesn’t do anything positive for your feet, so well-fitted shoes are a good investment.
Renovations, mechanics, computers. It’s tempting to go the cheapest place, down a dark alley, with a flickering neon sign to fix whatever it is that is broken but you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. Great workmanship isn’t necessarily the most expensive version, but it does cost money.
People are skilled at their jobs, and are paid accordingly. Cut a corner on any of these things, and it’ll likely break or be shoddily built and you’ll need to replace it, thereby costing yourself money. Or, if they’re really dodgy, they’ll break it further and then you’re really stuffed.
Energy Efficient Appliances
They don’t have to be top of the range, but spending a little bit extra on well-made energy efficient appliances will save you money in the end. They won’t break as quickly, they’ll come with a guarantee, and won’t short out all the time. With big items, like fridges and dryers, you’ll make savings on your electricity bill as well.
Quality Surge Protector
If you’ve just bought an enormous TV, don’t then risk the whole kit and caboodle by plugging it straight into the wall. Buying a good surge protector may seem a useless cost, but if you’re beautiful new TV goes bang, it’ll seem like a worthy investment. The same goes with computers- it’ll be the greatest purchase you’ve ever made if the electricity surges and your computer is safe.