That’s right- accepting bargains implicitly may cost you money in the end. I know, I wish I could get my story straight too. Here I am, spouting save, save, save, and now I’m telling you there are some things you just have to invest the money in. Why? Because some things will cost you money in the long run- they’ll break quickly or they’ll leave you less healthy, mentally and physically.
So what should you spend your money on? We have come to the risk with a fail-safe list of things that will save you money in the long run, if you swallow your savings mindset just this once.
I can’t help but agree on this one. I adore cheese, it is definitely one of my major sins, but the bargain brand stuff really doesn’t do it for me. It isn’t that much more expensive to buy reasonable tasting cheese. If you’re that desperate to save money on it, save yourself an awful eating experience and bypass it altogether. Think of it as one of life’s little luxuries.
Shampoo and Conditioner?
Sure, it’s cheap, but does it actually clean your hair? You’ll find yourself washing your hair more frequently to try and get it clean, and will probably end up spending more money on shampoo regardless of how cheap it is. Spend a little more (or make your own!) and you’ll save money in the long run with less washes, and more bang for your buck.
I always fall for the cheaper-than-belief electronics, and always pay for it in the long run. Like stick blenders- I always buy them cheap and have to keep replacing them. Financially, it would work out a lot better for me if I just saved up the money and bought a blender with a guarantee and a life expectancy longer than thirty seconds.
Annoying I know, but the cheap ones have little spurts of energy and long deaths. Buy a brand name, and you’re more likely to have consistency and length of use.
I tend to be pretty concerned about what it is that I’m spraying on benches and in the air. Ever noticed how cheap cleaners don’t seem to have as many guarantees or safety instructions as the more expensive ones? It could be paranoia, but I’m not really willing to risk my health on it.
For my sanity alone, I am from now on always going to invest in pans that don’t stick. Beyond anything, I’m leaving half my meal on the pans and that has to be costing me money.
Don’t really write, so it’ll probably work out better if you buy something that does write properly and doesn’t break every time you breathe on it.
I can imagine the temptation, but I would never trust cheap no-name pet food to have all the essential nutrients for a pet and who doesn’t want the best for their furry dependants?
The same as above. It’s cheap, and generally it’s pretty nasty. Artificial flavours are never going to end well. Why not save your pennies and invest in good, organic food? You’ll be healthier and save on doctor’s bills that way.
What items do you spend money on? Do you think it saves you money in the long run?
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