One of the first steps to becoming financially secure is to begin questioning your purchases before you make them. It helps you figure out what are impulse buys versus actual needs and bargain hunt whenever you can. But there are some items where finding the “cheaper” option is not always the best choice.
Here are four (4) things on which you should not skimp and why.
- Shoes – Wearing poor quality shoes can result in many longer-term problems such as lower back pain, arthritis, collapsed arches, knee pain, and lesions or numbness in the toes. Experts note that even breathing and vocal health can be affected by your choice of shoe.
These issues can be avoided by investing in stable footwear with proper cushioning, firm midsoles, and enough room in the front to wiggle your toes. Unfortunately, finding a proper fit with better materials usually means spending a bit more money. But the overall benefits will make the investment worthwhile.
- Toilet Paper – Have you ever wondered why celebrities keep getting in hot water talking about only using one or two squares of toilet paper? They probably aren’t buying the one- or two-ply.
Thinner toilet paper is more likely to fall apart. So, users typically use twice as much in a sitting and wad it up to protect their hands. The result is rolls disappear twice as fast. And the wadded toilet paper is more likely to cause unwanted plumbing problems.
So, the “more expensive” toilet paper often ends up being the same price or less over time. Just remember you can use fewer sheets and fold (not wad).
- Paint – Paints use resin to hold the color particles, or pigment, in place. Cheap paints are more likely to go lighter on both pigment and resin, requiring a larger amount of paint to achieve the same amount of coverage. The lower amount of resin and pigment can also result in faster fading, especially for anything with high levels of sun exposure.
You don’t have to purchase the most expensive option out there. But selecting a mid-range paint or better will require fewer coats, less work, and more longevity.
- Mattresses – Sleeping on a bad bed can lead to memory problems, heart conditions, a weakened immune system, back pain, and a slew of other issues. Fortunately, online mattress companies such as Casper, Tuft and Needle, and Ghostbed have changed mattress pricing and trial times. So, you can do your research, save up some cash, and test out a mattress before you commit.
You should expect to spend around $1,000 for a good queen-sized mattress and around $1,200 - $1,400 for a king. But for that kind of money, you should not be shy about sending it back if it doesn’t help you get better rest.
Saving money may be the goal but, sometimes, spending a little extra upfront can help save money in the long-term. While these four items are worth a bit more expense, be sure to apply the questioning and methods you are cultivating to help you make the right choice when you need it.