Money Saving Monday: Saving Smart

Sunday , 29, January 2012 2 Comments

I have learned, through trial and error, that choosing the cheapest option is not always the best one.  Sometimes….and this phrase might be over used….but You get what you pay for!

There is usually a ‘bargain brand’ available in most products.  Sometimes, the bargain brand is the EXACT same thing as the name brand.  Sometimes though…it is NOT the same.  I think the only way to know for sure, is by trying out the different options yourself.  I personally do not like most bargain brand laundry detergents.  I would prefer to use coupons, and possibly even pay more for a name brand detergent that works really well and smells good than save a few bucks on the cheapest option. Other items in our household that are worth paying the name brand price for include Kraft sliced cheese, Ritz crackers and nail polish.  We could save money on these items by buying the cheaper versions, but would not be nearly as happy with the result.

scuffed toes and missing a button

Sometimes purchasing the cheapest option means you will actually have to spend more money in the long run.  The cheaper item might not last as long as a more expensive version, or you might not be satisfied with the item, and will need to buy another one anyway.  I have made this mistake with shoes.  I purchased a cute, but cheap pair of brown Mary Jane style shoes.  After just a few weeks brown on the toes of the shoes was flaking off and one of the buttons had disappeared.  I should have spent a bit more money on better quality shoes that would have lasted longer.

The moral of this story is not to purchase the cheapest option just because it costs the least.  Make sure that the item is something you are going to be happy with.  If paying a few more $$ means you will be happier with the item, or it will last longer, it is probably a good idea to pay the money first, or you will pay more in the long run.

What items are you willing to pay more for?


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  • Julie says:

    I totally agree! We only buy brand name sliced cheese around here too, as well as Kraft mac & cheese….if I can’t find Annie’s on sale.

    I have started paying more for my clothes. After my son was born I lost (and am slowly continuing to lose) weight, so I figured I didn’t need to spend a lot on the transitional clothes. However, I never looked good or put together, as as a result, I didn’t feel very good about myself. I checked out a book from the library about how to dress for your shape and since then, I’ve put more thought and money into the clothes I wear. I’m sort of a minimalist anyway, so I don’t have a huge wardrobe, so the pieces I have need to look good on me as well as have the ability to dress them up. Plus, I’d noticed that when I buy off the Target clearance rack, those shirts ALWAYS get a couple of holes in them just after a month or so of wear. So now while I do try to still browse the thrift store for my clothes, I only buy them if they look good on me AND are good quality. And if I can’t find something there, I just don’t mind spending a little more on it brand new.

    And thus concludes my novel 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Good Point, Julie. I have been feeling pretty frumpy in my post-baby clothes. I am not into my pre-baby clothes yet so I have been either buying really cheap options or trying to make things work that don’t really fit. I should invest in a few outfits in my current size. Even if they only fit for a little while, they will make me feel better….which would be nice!
      PS. I like your novel lenght comments 🙂

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