Post # 1
For the most part, I’m a very frugal person. I was a single mom for 6 years after a very messy divorce & bankruptcy, so I was basically forced into frugality & old habits are hard to break. DH gets frustrated at times because I’m so cheap, and has managed to convince me that some items are just worth spending extra to get a quality item that will last vs. getting the cheap, poor quality item that has to be replaced often.
My #1 is my car. I’ve driven a Honda for the past 8 yrs, and both were bought used but with low miles & while they may have cost me a bit more in the up-front cost, I have not had to spend money on repairs, just the maintenance.
I’m also a big believer in good quality sunglasses with polarized lenses. I don’t care about brand name, but I do want quality because I wear the heck out of them & they protect my eyes while driving, walking outside, etc. I have had a pair for at least 6 yrs now, they were just over $100, and have been well worth every penny to protect me from the sun. I value my vision greatly! I’m also the same about my reading glasses. Good classic frames have lasted me years with only replacing the lenses if Rx changed.
Tell me what items you think are worth spending extra on to get a quality item.
Post # 3
Peanutbutter….Its Smuckers all natural or its nothing!
Scented candles…..Once you’ve had a Yankee candle, there really isn’t any other.
Tea…….I love my Teavana loose leaf!
Post # 4
Food. Paying more for fresh food vs processed food is something we have decided is worth it! I don’t care how cheap canned vegetables can be, the cost of fresh is always worth it for us!
Post # 5
For me, it’s shoes, mattress, and food. I’m generally very thrifty, but good shoes, and a bed will last way longer, and will be better for your body. Same goes for food. Fresh quality ingrediants. I’ve made the decision to always get free range meat, eggs, and dairy products. Cost a bit more, but morally I feel better about it. I usually buy organic, budget permitting.
Post # 6
@franklyn: I’m with you on a BED!
Post # 7
Skin care products. I find the more I spend the further it goes and the less I use to get the same effect. Shoes also, for shoes I will wear only occasionally I have been known to cheap out, but if I know I will wear them lots they will be of excellent quality. Also gifts For Darling Husband. I will spend a small fortune to get Darling Husband the ‘best’ of something, because he always does that for me!
Post # 8
Pet food– my cats get so sick when they eat any grocery store brand,so I guess they made that decision for me :/
Post # 9
Makeup & cosmetics definately come to mind first. I’ve had problem skin all my life, so I’ve experimented with lots of different makeup & brands. Quality makeup just works better on my skin & looks better too. For some reason I can’t ever seem to find “my” color in the cheap stuff! Right now I’m using a Smashbox Trial kit. It was $30, but to me that’s just how much my makeup costs. I’ve gotten used to it.
Post # 10
Shoes, skincare, mattress (agree with a few ladies here!) linen and towels and toilet paper. Life is too short for cheap TP.
Post # 12
Meat, produce, perfume, jeans, shoes, bed, certain makeup & hair products (not all of them).
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club
@soon2bS: I dislike spending money (it’s a weird feeling for me). Im a social worker, so I am always on the move and driving. So recently, I had to let go of my ’93 nissan for a 2013 toyota. I felt guilty, but a needed splurge i guess.
Honestly, I think I may spend on nice coffee drinks and desserts here and there. Yeah, that actually makes me happy.
Post # 14
@soon2bS: Make up. I hate having to reapply it throughout the day so I spend more upfront, but since it stays all day it lasts twice as long!
Post # 15
Cars, toilet paper, vegetables, tennis shoes, certain makeup products, pillows (the right pillow makes a HUGE difference).
Post # 16
@soon2bS: SOCKS. I love me some fancy smartwool socks. Or the cushy athletic ones with the ribbed arch and the nice padded bottom.