We are all about saving money and finding a great bargain. But sometimes, it makes sense to pay a little more for quality and durability. That doesn’t mean paying full retail, however. You always want to try to get the best deal possible by shopping sales, using promo codes and getting cash back. Here are 7 things you won’t regret paying more for.
You expect your vehicle’s tires to last for 70,000 miles or more. But that won’t happen if you buy the cheapest tires available. For a smooth ride and your family’s safety, buy the highest quality tires you can afford.
You know you’ll need tires eventually, so start saving money in a dedicated tire fund that you can use when the time comes and time your purchase to coincide with a sale, if possible. And remember that proper inflation and regular maintenance help tires last longer.
When you go through the time, labor and expense of painting your home (inside or outside) you want it to last. Buying cheap paint won’t help. You’ll have to use more to get full coverage and it won’t last as long. Ultimately, you’ll need to repaint again sooner than you’d like. Read consumer reviews and go with a mid-priced brand, rather than the cheapest option.
Cute, cheap shoes are tempting. But there’s nothing cute about getting blisters or having sore feet halfway through the day. When it comes to shoes you wear day in and day out, it makes sense to pay more for a pair that is comfortable and supportive.
More than ever, it’s clear that getting a good night’s sleep is vital to health, well-being and productivity. And that won’t happen if you’re trying to sleep on a cheap mattress. Here again, do your research, ask friends and family for recommendations and choose the best quality you can afford. The month of May is a great time to buy a quality mattress at a discount, since the industry debuts their new products in June.
Once you have a good mattress, don’t cover it with scratchy, cheap sheets. It used to be that all-cotton, high-thread-count sheets were considered a luxury. But if you want your best night’s sleep, good sheets are a necessity. Costco has high-quality sheet sets available year ‘round for less than you’d pay elsewhere for similar quality. You’ll also find great deals during January’s traditional white sales.
Traveling is stressful enough without worrying about shoddy luggage. Cheap luggage may get you through a trip or two, but it’s not in it for the long haul. If you travel regularly, you’ll want to invest in quality luggage that will last several years. Only travel occasionally? Ask a well-traveled friend if you can borrow theirs.
Hand and Power Tools
Every job is easier when you have the right tools. But cheap tools can make your work harder, and even unsafe in some cases. Stock your toolbox one or two pieces at a time with good quality, high performance tools that will last. A great time to buy is right after Father’s Day, when retailers are clearing out their extra stock that didn’t sell for gifts.