In a quest to spend less, it might be tempting to always choose the cheapest option when buying anything. However, some things are worth investing in; something of better quality will last longer and save you money in the long term. Others can simply improve the quality of your life so much that you will end up spending less on other things. Here are five things that it is always worth paying extra for:
Sleep is important, and the quality of your sheets can translate into the quality of your sleep. Thick cotton bed sheets of 600 to 1,000 thread count will feel cool and crisp against your skin, and because of the robustness of the material, will last for many years even if washed at high temperature. If investing in a set of high-thread-count sheets, it might be a good idea to opt for lighter colors, since you will likely have them for a long time, and darker colors might discolor.
The health of your feet can affect the health of your back, so skimping on shoes might eventually lead to more health-related expenses. Besides, a good-quality pair of shoes can last two or three times longer than a cheap one, saving you money in the long term. Always make sure the shoes you buy are comfortable and breathable, and have soles with sufficient cushioning. If bought for the cold season, be sure they have good grip and are waterproof.
Investing in a good-quality, nice-looking office wardrobe is an investment in your career. Looking professional will improve your self-esteem and work performance, and might even increase the chance of successful interviews. Good quality clothes are easier to maintain, fit better, and can last for many years. If you can’t afford a lot of them, don’t worry. It’s better to have only a few good shirts and suits than a wardrobe full of cheap, ill-fitting ones.
Coffee, tea, and spices
Preparing food at home can save a lot of money, and is a much healthier option than takeout. You can easily save money on groceries by buying cheaper variants of basic foods such as oatmeal and pasta, and most of the time they won’t taste any different than the expensive brands. However, you will certainly feel the difference in quality when it comes to things such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and spices. A good spice blend can turn even the humblest ingredients into an exquisite meal, making it more likely for you to want to cook and eat at home.
A good set of cooking utensils will make cooking at home much easier and pleasurable, as well as save you a lot of money in the long term. Make sure you have at least one good general-purpose knife and robust pots with lids that fit well. Opt for long-lasting materials such as stainless steel or cast iron. Good-quality cooking utensils, when well chosen, can last a lifetime.
Buying the cheapest things available is not always a financially sound decision. Frugality is not about choosing the cheapest item, but choosing the item that represents the best value. Investing in some good-quality items such as bed sheets, cooking utensils, office clothes, and shoes can greatly improve the quality of your life and ultimately save you money.