With all the talk about trimming budgets and trying to control our spending, is there anything that it’s better to spend more money on? Of course. Think back to the proverbs ‘penny wise and pound foolish‘, ‘an ounce is worth a pound of cure’ or even ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. Each, while slightly different addresses the idea of acting now to improve the future. With that in mind, here are five suggestions for the better, albeit more expensive, choice.
For a long time I was convinced that electric toothbrushes were just hype and that my $4 version from the grocery store got the job done just as well. Then I found a new dentist who diagnosed an impending case of gum disease, which, if I didn’t act quickly, was going to get very bad, very quickly. She recommended buying an electric toothbrush, so I did, ever so reluctantly, and only because I trusted her opinion.
What a difference a month made! Even I, untrained dental health professional that I am could see a difference when looking in the mirror. And there are a ton of proven advantages including electric toothbrushes are much more efficient at getting under your gums and providing a dentist like cleaning.
Admittedly, it is more expensive than the drugstore version, and you have to also pay out money for replacement heads. (There are ways around that: my husband received a pack of 18 for Hannukah last year) . But aren’t your teeth worth it?
The electricity in our town was recently cut off for a few hours while work was being done on the system. I had forgotten to recharge my cell phone and, of course, our regular phone wasn’t working either. While this was only a minor annoyance for a morning, just think of how bad it could have been during a disaster. Not just for cell phones, but for everything. There are small universal solar rechargers that you can buy that recharge a variety of appliances. I bet these would come in really handy during an emergency- better safe than sorry!
This is an environmental concern, but also a frugal one. Buying batteries can be expensive over the life of a remote control, for example. Sure, it costs a bit more to buy a pack of rechargable batteries, but it can save you big bucks in the long run. And if the electricity goes out, well, just hook up your solar recharger to your battery pack!
If you have the money, it’s great to buy all organic food, for everyone in the household. Sometimes however, it’s just not possible to squeeze it into the budget. If you do want to buy as much organic as possible, try to stick to produce and animal products.
When choosing which fruits and vegetables to buy organic, a general rule of thumb is to prefer the organic versions of thin-skinned fruits and vegetables. Pesticides are absorbed at different rates, and it’s safer to eat some non organic produce than others. For example, onions do not absorb many pesticides, and you remove the peel before eating (I hope!), so you could buy a non organic variety. On the other hand, peaches and strawberries are very absorbent, so choose organic when possible. Here are two good guides: from the Organic Center and the Environmental Working Group. Another excellent option is to buy locally; organic certification can be quite expensive, so a smaller local farmer might not apply for it. If you go to the local farmer’s market and meet the farmer for yourself, here’s your chance to ask.
When it comes to meat, organic is more expensive, but it’s another example of less is more. Meat used to be served as an accent to the meal, or a special occasion. It’s only very recently that it has become the star of the show instead of the understudy. Suddenly organic, grass-fed beef becomes a lot more affordable when, instead of buying 12oz steaks for four, you’re buying one 12oz steak to use in a beef stirfry.
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This is definitely something that depends on your family situation, but in the right circumstance it is absolutely worth it. If you are single with grown children it might not be for you, but what about if you have young children at home? What would be the financial impact of your death? I know that if my husband died and we had no life insurance for him, I would be in a terrible financial state. That is why we pay a total of about â‚¬60 per month to cover the two of us. Sure, that money could be used elsewhere, but again, better safe than sorry.