Frugality allows us to save money while enjoying the quality of life. There are many items to not cheap out on, and for that reason, it can save you money. Here is a list of 11 things not to cheap out on.
A good night's sleep is needed for health reasons, staying alert, and resting. It starts with having a good and a good pillow. One poster mentioned, “I bought a good pillow and I've never slept better.” If you buy a cheap bed or pillow, you will constantly have terrible sleep which will do more damage than paying for quality.
Imagine being on your feet all day or needing to walk to places. Your feet create stability within your body and affect so many aspects of your health. So buying quality shoes is good, and better ones also lasts longer. One poster mentioned, “If your feet feel bad, your whole body feels bad.” Make an effort to buy quality for your health.
3. Roofing Shingles
When you own a home, plenty of maintenance can be done. One thing that happens is that people need to replace their roofs. One poster said that shingles shouldn't be cheaped out on, “Since most of the cost is in the labor, prep and clean-up, it pays to buy the better quality, long-lasting shingles so you don't have to do the job again.”
4. Dental Care
If you can shop around for doctors, you can shop around for dentists too. It never hurts to find a good quality dentist for dental work. “Nothing worse than having a tooth shatter because the cheap dentist you went to years ago did the silver fillings completely improperly.” Good quality dental care and work can save lots of money in the long run. So take good care of your teeth and find quality dentists.
5. Computer Power Supply
Computers can be an integral part of your work environment. One thing you cannot cheap out is their power. If you only use it as a word processor, then no worries, but for many other things, the power and ram can help your work out. One poster mentioned, “I work in a shop. I have computers come in all the time that are fried due to terrible power supply blowing the whole system.” It costs extra to invest in your computer power supply.
6. Car Maintenance
Keeping your car maintained helps to have it live longer. That means getting new tires, doing oil changes, and keeping everything going. If you fail to do this, you may have to replace an engine or get a new car, which can be costly. You might as well spend a little to save a lot. One poster said, “Small things like oil changes and getting your tires rotated and aligned saves wear and tear and fuel costs.”
7. Contractors to Fix Something in Your Home
They say you pay for what you get. It is true with contractors too. If you want to be cheap, you will get something cheap done. One poster mentioned contractors, “Just because someone comes in a few thousand under everyone else quotes you with doesn't mean their work is equally as good.” You could pay a little more to have a good job done.
8. A Bed
A good night's sleep is everything. A good bed can also prevent pain in your body. One poster said, “Investing in good bedding will make you less susceptible to getting back pains.” You should invest in an excellent bed to protect your body.
9. Toilet Paper
We all have to go to the bathroom. It is a fact of life. Using good toilet paper or a bidet can make you feel nice. One poster recommended, “I always roll with Charmin Ultra Strong. It's expensive, but it feels cushy on the tushy.” It feels good not to cheap out on toilet paper.
10. Paying for Experiences
One of the best things to do with your money is to pay for experiences. These memories will help shape you, define you, and make a lasting impression on you. One thing is to make sure your adventures are affordable. Please make sure they are qualified and you enjoy yourself.
11. A Suit
A suit can be a defining feature in an interview, dinner, or something important. Many people will get one off the rack which looks too big and baggy. Spend a little for something of quality. One poster recommended, “Spend the $600-700 to get a perfectly tailored suit. You will feel so confident walking around in that thing.” Paying for something that will last much longer than being cheap is a huge difference.
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