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The old adage “you get what you pay for” has some truth to it. Yes, you can find good deals, and it’s always good to save money when you can. However, if you skimp out too much, you’ll have a poor experience and spend even more money in the long run.
Your quality of life can quickly change for the better just by knowing what is worth paying extra for and what isn’t.
Paying a premium doesn’t always mean you are wasting your money. You should be willing to pay a premium when it comes to your wellness, safety, comfort, health, and future.
Even the most frugal people know that there are some things you should never cheap out on. But there’s lots that spending a little extra on will get you a lot more.
Below are 35 things that are worth spending some extra money on.
A nice mattress is well worth it. You are going to use it every single night and depend on it to be well-rested. If you have back issues like most people, it is even more critical to own a decent bed. Buying a quality mattress will help you sleep better, and it will last a long time.
You need good sheets and pillows for your bed. They make a world of difference, and the cost difference is negligible. If you can’t afford a new mattress, get a nice comforter or bed set instead.
3. Office Chair
Sitting in a cheap office chair for years at a time doesn’t save you money. You could end up causing irreversible damage to your spine. Treat yourself to a well-made ergonomic office chair.
Not all college degrees are worth the money, but several are. Traditional education and self-education are well worth it. Never stop learning. Try online courses or visit your local community college and learn a trade.
Education opens up a world of possibilities.
5. Coffee Maker
If you are a coffee drinker, you better have a coffee maker! Not a cheap one either; get yourself a quality coffee maker that you can rely on. You can save money by not buying Starbucks or whatever every day.
6. Quality Coffee
Yup, it’s worth it to spend more on better coffee beans. Folgers might get the job done, but you are missing out. Quality coffee tastes better and makes you feel better. Your morning coffee session should be a great experience that you look forward to.
Don’t buy a cheap laptop; you’re going to regret it later, trust me. Buy one that lasts and has plenty of memory and ram to perform well. A MacBook is always a solid choice. For Windows users, ASUS makes excellent laptops.
9. Exercise Equipment
Keeping active without having to leave your home is well worth it. If you have the space at home, get a home gym station. If not, buy a couple of dumbbells and a pull-up bar to help keep yourself in tip-top shape.
10. Gym Membership
A gym membership is only a waste of money if you do not use it. If you get one and use it consistently, then it’s money well spent.
11. Exercise Clothes
Whether you are working out at the gym, outside, or in the comfort of your home, you should have some nice workout clothes. The breathable athletic fabric is not only comfortable; it will also encourage you to stay active.
12. Professional Attire
Everyone should have some professional attire or, as I called it growing up, “church clothes.” You never know when you might need to go to a job interview, funeral, important meeting, etc.
Get some well-fitting professional clothes you feel confident in.
13. Healthy Food
Healthy food is worth every penny. Your health is priceless. Spend a bit more when you grocery shop, and your body will thank you.
The earlier and younger you develop this habit the better. You’ll also help avoid expensive medical costs from eating junk.
14. A Blender
Having a functioning blender that can handle anything you throw at it makes a more significant difference than you think. Blenders go beyond just smoothies and health shakes; you can use them like food processors as well.
15. Amazon Prime
The $12 a month for Amazon prime is worth it. You will get free two-day shipping on almost everything, exclusive deals, and their music/video streaming service.
Their video app works great and includes a variety of content to keep you entertained.
Stop using plastic forks or damaged pans in the kitchen, please! If you buy a nice kitchen knife and quality cookware, it will last you forever. Also, pick up a cast iron pan; it makes your food taste incredible.
17. Vacuum Cleaner
A vacuum cleaner is not the most exciting purchase. Some might even say, “it sucks.” Puns aside, you should have a good one. Nothing is more relaxing than a lovely well-vacuumed house or apartment. Get one that gets the job done with ease.
18. Polarized Sunglasses
Polarized sunglasses make being out in the sun less draining. They’re a must-have for driving, golfing, hiking, fishing, and any other outdoor activity.
Your eyes need protection. Oakley’s are well made and have always lasted me a long time.
19. Dental Care
You only get one set of teeth, so do yourself a favor and find a good dentist. Many dentists will do invasive and unnecessary procedures that can cause long-term problems.
Pay the extra price for an honest and professional dentist.
20. HD TV
Television is just a part of life (for most of us). If you are going to stare at a screen all day might as well get a nice one to look at. Samsung TVs have excellent picture and are built to last.
Shoes are essential for your posture and spine. Don’t wear the same ragged shoes for too long, or you won’t have the proper support your body needs.
Running shoes, casual shoes, office shoes, should all be of high quality and replaced when necessary.
22. Backpack or Briefcase
For me, I use a backpack; others may prefer a satchel, handbag, or briefcase. You will likely use it a lot more often than you expect. Get one that you like and don’t cheap out.
23. A Dependable Vehicle
Nothing is worse than owning a vehicle that often leaves you stranded. Get a reliable Japanese-made car and thank me later.
24. Winter Coat
If you live anywhere that snows, owning a nice winter coat is a godsend. You never know if you’ll get caught out in the cold for a long time. Be prepared with a good coat.
You ever go to a chain place and get a haircut and realize your head looks funnier than usual? It’s because you tried to save money on your haircut.
It’s hit or miss at places like that. Instead, go to a higher-end barber or salon, tip them well and look your best.
26. Electric Toothbrush
People that say an electric toothbrush isn’t necessary, have never owned one. There is a night and day difference! Your teeth will never be cleaner, and you’ll likely avoid getting cavities.
27. Cologne or Perfume
I’m sure you’ve smelt cheap fragrances before, and it isn’t pleasant. Why bother at all with the cheap junk then? If you are going to buy cologne or perfume, get the good stuff.
28. Work Desk
With a lot more people working from home nowadays it’s definitely worth getting a suitable desk. I recommend one that is adjustable for those days when you want to stand up.
29. Laser Eye Surgery
You should do your research before any surgery, and when it comes to your eyes, there is no exception. You can get a good deal on Lasik, but don’t base the surgery on price alone.
Talk with the doctors and look up past reviews, at the very least.
30. High-Speed Internet
Time is precious and can never be bought. Having high-speed internet means less time waiting on things to load. It’s well worth the money because most everyone spends a lot of their time online.
Tattoos are permanent, so if you are going to get one, pay the price for a good artist. If you cheap out on a tattoo, you will regret it and probably spend even more money on tattoo removal.
32. Book Collection
Reading is a great way to learn new things; It’s a great way to relax, and it’s a great way to feed your brain. Having an extensive book collection that you read often will improve your life in many many ways.
Don’t buy fake jewelry. It’s tacky, and you’re better off not wearing it all. That statement is mainly geared towards men. Of course, quality jewelry looks better on anyone.
Get an iPhone. They’re easy to use and protect your privacy better than androids. The price is worth it, and the sooner you bow to our Apple overlords, the better.
35. Quality Tools
If you are repairing your car or something around the house, having the right tool makes a huge difference. Pay the premium for a better set of tools, and you’ll never need to buy them again.
When it comes to spending money, don’t always focus on the price tag. Think about how often you will use the item or if the purchase significantly affects your well-being.
If you always buy the cheapest thing there is, you’ll end up having to replace it more often. If you cheap out on health care or safety, remember that you cannot be replaced.