As with many other people, I believe cheaper is better. But that isn’t always the case; sometimes cheaper isn’t better. Think of the saying “you get what you pay for.” Sometimes it’s smarter to spend the extra money now, so you won’t have to in the future. In order to help you shop more wisely, I have composed a basic list of when to purchase at low cost, and when to dig a little deeper into your pockets.
Food is one of those items that should be purchased at a cheaper rate. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should buy cut-rate off-brand items that may look or taste questionable. A great way to get your delicious name-brand foods, is to purchase them in bulk from a supermarket when they are on sale. A really great way to make this work — if the store allows it — is to couple sale items with coupons, for even greater savings.
And while you may be particular to brand name foods, you can find some great tasting bargains at dollar or dime stores. But be careful; those type stores also have some pretty nasty items as well, so don’t purchase too many of any given item unless you’ve tasted them first. My wife and I will usually buy something at one of those stores, and then taste it when we get to the car to see if we want to get more.
There’s also the option of getting a membership at a wholesale warehouse. The amount of money you save can be well worth what you pay for your membership.
Another great way to save is by purchasing your food at a farmers market. This way you are buying straight from the farmer, and cutting out the middleman (supermarket.) That means more cash savings for you!
This one all depends on what kind of things you will be doing in them. If you’re using them for work and your work consists of heavy labor like construction or ranch-hand work, then perhaps you might want to consider spending the extra money for some reinforced clothing. Other than that, I don’t see any reason why there should be any problem with buying cheaper clothes. This is especially smart if you do things like painting, sports or anything else that will ruin clothes on a regular basis, no matter how good they are.
This for me is something that is an absolute must when it comes to spending extra money on them.
I used to buy all my shoes from Walmart for $20 – $30 per pair. The only problem with that, is that the shoes are so cheaply glued together that my shoes would fall apart in about 3 months. At that much money every 3 months, that actually adds up to a lot of money. Why not spend the extra money and buy something that will last a while? After getting sick of having my shoes fall apart so much, I decided to spend the extra money on a nice pair of boots. I spent $150 on a pair of combat boots that had the soles stitched to the boots instead of glued. I’ve had them for over 2 years now and they are still in good shape. That means I’ve actually saved money by buying the more expensive boots as opposed to spend $20 – $30 every 3 months.
I am an avid fisherman, so I need good footwear to wear into wet and swampy areas. I’ve had cheaper sandals and water shoes which costed me $10 – $15 a pair, which after only a couple days of fishing, have had the soles pulled off when walking through mud. After three or four pairs, I decided to spend the extra money and get a good pair. I spent $70 on a pair of Merrell rafters that were on sale, and I’ve been using them for almost two years with no problems.
I bought a cheap $15 pair of running shoes to use on the treadmill since my wife doesn’t want outdoor shoes in the house. These shoes have been used for two and a half months, and the glue is already coming apart on the heel.
So when is a good time to buy cheap shoes? When you have a baby or child that is growing so fast that they will likely outgrow their shoes before they can fall apart.
Tools and Hardware.
It may be tempting to buy the cheap tool set that stores like to display out in the isles, but they are usually made out of cheap materials that will break easily under any stress. Nothing can compare to the more expensive tools which are made from high-grade tempered steel. It’s more expensive, but it’s a lot better to only have to buy your tools once.
A good rule of thumb.
Basically, if it’s something that runs the risk of breaking, you’re better off spending the extra money on a more high-end product that you won’t have to replace any time soon. You will save a lot more money in the long run.