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.
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.