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We all want to save our dollars any way we can. However,
sometimes there are actually reasons that you should spend a little more (or
buy higher quality) to ultimately save more.
When you’re paying out your hard earned money for appliances,
furniture, or other things you use every day, you want them to hold up and last
over the long haul. Buying cheaply and having to keep replacing is not saving
money or time. You can still look for deals but look for quality as well.
Check out these 5
items you want to spend more on the first time:
If you’re a coffee aficionado, you know how important it is to make a good cup
of coffee. On the other hand, if you prefer only the occasional single cup, you
should still make the most financially smart choice when buying a coffeemaker.
Do you drink several cups daily? Choose
a sturdy, energy-efficient coffeemaker model. The least expensive model will
likely not fulfill the task of keeping up with your coffee habit.
Do you love your coffee but limit yourself
to one cup daily? Consider one of the single-serving models like a
Keurig. Yes, they’re expensive, but they’ll last for many years. I have one and
I love it! You can buy the reusable filter cup to fill it with your favorite bulk-purchased
coffee to save money. Also Keurig has great customer service and will replace
your unit if you have issues. You can get a great deal on a Keurig as well. I
bought mine at Kohl’s with a 30% off coupon when it was on sale plus I got Kohl’s
cash back – quite the sweet deal!
knives. Good knives will last longer than you will.
If those cutting tools last you for 60+ years
and you never buy another one, you’ll be money ahead even if you buy expensive
knives. Be willing to pay more for quality, guaranteed-for-life knives.
mowers. Those who mow their own lawns know how incredibly frustrating it
can be to go out to the garage, pull the lawn mower out, check the oil, fill it
with gas, and then the mower won’t start!
A good lawn mower is constructed with quality
parts and will pay off many times over. Pay a few bucks more to get the best
(not necessarily the biggest) lawn mower.
mattresses. Buying your mattress at a discount or general department store
often means you aren’t getting the quality of construction you’d get if you
went directly to the mattress maker’s retail store. Why?
Mattress makers produce lesser-quality
mattresses to sell for less (with their brand names on them) in those discount
and department stores. Chances are good that if you pay a bit more,
you’ll receive a higher quality product that will hold up over the long run.
Think of the abuse a sofa goes through—kids jumping on it, you propping your
feet on it, and your spouse taking a nap on it. It needs solid construction and
well-designed cushions to last over the years.
If you’ve ever owned a cheaply-made sofa, you
know this is true: splurge when it’s time to buy a new sofa. If you can get a high-end sofa on sale, go for
Of course, when shopping for any of these items, do your
homework in advance to find out as much as possible about the particular brand
and model you’re planning to purchase. Look for sales on well-designed, quality-constructed
items and look for reviews if you can.
The bottom line is that when you pay more for these items, they’ll
pay you back by lasting more years with no or fewer break-downs.
Be ready to spend more when you know that, in the long run,
it will pay off in spades! Its not always about what you pay today. For some
products you may have to spend more the first time instead of going through the
hassle of having to replace them over and over again.