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3 Items that are Worth the Extra Money

3 Items that are Worth the Extra Money

There are times when “buying cheap” is the best option. There are also times when you should splurge, realizing that a higher priced item will provide you with better quality.

If you don’t know when to save and when to splurge, you aren’t alone. Until you figure things out, it is easy to cross the line from time to time.

Here are three items that are worth the extra money:

1. Trash bags. Have you ever purchased cheap trash bags? If so, you know they have the tendency to tear. You also know that they do a poor job keeping odors locked inside.

For a few dollars more, you can buy higher quality garbage bags that will save you a lot of time and stress.

2. Shoes. It doesn’t matter if you are buying shoes for work, running, or playing sports, it is easy to gravitate toward the cheapest option you can find. If you don’t value comfort, performance, and durability, this may be the way to go. However, if you want to buy shoes that will maintain a high level of comfort for an extended period of time, splurge for a more expensive pair.

3. Furniture. There are times when buying cheap furniture is the way to go, such as for a college dorm room. But if you are shopping for your home, it is important to pay more attention to quality and less attention to the price tag. Once you set a budget, shop for the highest quality you can afford.

Higher quality furniture is more comfortable and is built to last, two things that should be important to you.

These three items are well worth the extra money. If you find yourself shopping for one of these, don’t be afraid to spend a bit more. You will be glad that you did.

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Frank on Monday, 10 August 2015 09:21

Chris, I completely agree on the items above. I would also add these 3 items as well.

1. Toilet Paper: No one wants cheap toilet paper right? I think we have all experienced cheap, paper-like toilet paper and it is not fun.
2. Bed sheets: You do not need the most expensive sheets, but there definitely is a difference between the cheapest and middle of the line bed sheets.
3. High speed internet: In today’s world, no one should be using dial up anymore. It will make you more efficient and save you time.

Chris, I completely agree on the items above. I would also add these 3 items as well. 1. Toilet Paper: No one wants cheap toilet paper right? I think we have all experienced cheap, paper-like toilet paper and it is not fun. 2. Bed sheets: You do not need the most expensive sheets, but there definitely is a difference between the cheapest and middle of the line bed sheets. 3. High speed internet: In today’s world, no one should be using dial up anymore. It will make you more efficient and save you time.
Finance Globe on Monday, 10 August 2015 14:01

This is a nice topic. In general, I practice spending less on the things I don't use often. I try not to cut the "healthier living style" corners, for example "no high fructose corn syrup" ketchup, drinks and bread, buying things made from wood or metal instead of plastic, etc - especially if you have small children. I believe that both Chris and Frank hit on a good theme - routine usage is key.

This is a nice topic. In general, I practice spending less on the things I don't use often. I try not to cut the "healthier living style" corners, for example "no high fructose corn syrup" ketchup, drinks and bread, buying things made from wood or metal instead of plastic, etc - especially if you have small children. I believe that both Chris and Frank hit on a good theme - routine usage is key.
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