“What things are worth spending a little more money on and what things are definitely NOT worth the extra cost?”
I was surprised by some answers and some things fell into both categories. It was also kind of funny how some obscure things made it onto the list (peanuts in the shell? Kind of random!;)
It seems that what people determine to be “Worth It” and what items people deem “Not Worth It” is completely personal. It shows where a person’s priorities lie on life and what truly matters to people. The almighty buck makes the vote in the end.
(At the top of each list is my selection and then I added the Facebook and Twitter readers responses to each list because it was really cool to see what everyone said.)
1. Good toothbrush Taking care of your teeth can save a lot of money in the future. I’ve soaked my toothbrushes in vinegar in the part to try to give them new life (see this post), but I’ve changed my mind. This one is worth the extra expense (especially since its pretty inexpensive in the big picture).
2. Dental Floss I’ve noticed that the off-brand frays in my teeth as I floss and can have a chemical taste, which is completely gross.
3. Running shoes I get a lot of use out of mine and take good care of them so they last for many years.
4. Face moisturizer with sun block (at least 35) Nothings better at keeping your face looking fresh then regular sun block use. I figure, might as well do the sun block thing now then wish I did when I’m old!
5. Snapshot digital camera My mom has a digital camera and the battery always runs out quickly, also there is a major delay from when she presses the button to take the picture and when the pictures actually gets taken, this means that everyone’s already started to move out of the picture by the time the picture actually gets snapped. This is always a frustrating situation for her, and it turns out the cheaper option wasn’t the way to go with that one.
6. Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese I never buy this these days but I’ve had the store-brand version in the past and it just isn’t the same.
7. Sheets Buying linens is something I used to love to do. They even showed up on my “Wants and Needs” list as something I wasn’t going to spend money on (see it here). While I don’t go crazy for bed linens like I used to if they are truly needed then getting at least 250 thread count sheets are worth it so they don’t feel scratchy against the skin.
8. Whole-wheat bread Finding bread that doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup is tricky but I think it’s worth it for health reasons. Plus it’s easy to make a lot of filling (and fibrous) lunch sandwiches with the loaf which means the hunger will be held off for a little longer, and the urge to eat out will be lessened.
What Facebook and Twitter readers say is “Worth It”:
Name-brand toilet paper
Organic food for babies
Good stylist for cut and color
Anything that promotes well-being: nice clothes, a trip (I think this is a slippery slope… I could justify just about everything as being for my “well-being”)
Good suit for work
Groceries (This reader adds, “So eating out doesn’t happen”.)
Netflix (This reader adds, “It’s cheaper than 2 adult movie theater tickets”.)
Name-brand peanut butter
Peanuts in the shell
Converse (This reader adds, “While they’re a little more expensive they last forever”.)
Not Worth It:
1. Premium gas The regular gas seems to do just fine. Of course, I’m not a mechanic though so maybe it does matter?
2. Car Cars start depreciating in value from the moment they leave the lot. They always need maintenance and they are expensive. While they are deemed a “Need” in many people lives I don’t think they are worth the expensive.
3. New CD’s I get my fix for new music by checking out CD’s from the library. (related post here)
4. Gym membership While I like the gym I think I could do without it. (See this related post)
5. Fancy shampoo from salon I use the drug store brand and while my hair doesn’t always seem super “silky” the drug-store brand works just fine.
6. Liquid bath gel Using bar soap saves on packaging (environmental bonus with this one) and lasts a lot longer then it’s liquid counterpart.
7. Name-brand dish soap Definitely don’t notice a difference with name-brand to off-brand with this one!
8. Laundry detergent Perfect chance to make your own (see this post)
9. Name-brand air freshener Another DIY opportunity (see this post)
10. Name-brand paper towels Doesn’t seem to be an absorbency issue with the off-brand.
11. Expensive salon haircuts This is a controversial one. I decided to follow a reader tip and get a once yearly pro cut (to get a good fountain) and then cut my hair myself for the rest of the year. (have you seen this post?)
12. Thrift store shoes Usually the shoe has already formed to the previous owners foot. I’ve never had success in this area.
13. Thrift store mattresses Too worried about bed bugs!
14. Name-brand oats The off-brand seriously tastes just as good as the name-brand. This was a controversial item when I brought this question up with my family, but I just can’t put it on the “Worth It” list. (see this related post). My dad insisted that the steel-cut oats were worth the cost. Haven’t tried those compared to the off-brand yet. Have you?
15. Toilet paper This was also a controversial and touchy item. As long as the toilet paper is two-ply I get the cheapest I can find. I can’t see paying extra for something that going to be getting thrown right out. On another cheapskate note, would you consider using re-usable toilet paper like this family? you have to check out this video!
16. Name-brand or expensive olive oil I’m not enough of a foodie to notice the difference.
17. Expensive hotels while traveling We chose hostels if possible or the cheapest non-grimy hotel we can find. It’s just a place to sleep. I’d rather save the money for something else.
What Facebook and Twitter readers say is “Not Worth It”:
What do you think? What should have been included in the lists that wasn’t? What is worth the splurge to you and what isn’t?
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