I’m back. Thanks for letting me invade Almost Frugal yet again!
Today I wanted to talk about the perception of the word ‘Frugal’. I personally have some extended family members that assume a frugal person means a cheap person. I could not disagree more and I have actually discovered that there are times when it pays to spend more money for high quality products. Unfortunately, I have learned this the hard way. The cheapest option is not always the best because in the long run you will end up spending more in either repair or replacement costs. Here are some glaring examples from my own personal experience.
~ Furniture. Once my wife and I bought a coffee table that was a ‘put-it-together-yourself’ special. Once I finally got the thing together it only lasted a few months. Every time you put your feet up on it, the wobbling and shaking began. It felt like it was going to collapse right under your feet! The sad thing was we only had to spend an extra $50 to get the table that we have now that will last forever. Another tip: Old furniture is often very high quality and worth getting re-finished. Keep your eye out at garage sales and thrift stores for vintage furniture as it often still has a lot of life left in it.
~ Small Household Appliances. Two that stick out in my mind include our old coffee pot and clothing iron. Unfortunately, we went cheap when we first got married and we got burned. Specifically, burnt coffee and a burnt shirt.
~ Clothing (Especially Shirts). As a taller guy, I try to avoid buying no-name shirts. The reason is because after a couple trips through the washing machine and dryer, they end up looking like the popular half-shirt from the early 1980’s. I will happily spend a little more to buy Hanes or Jockey shirts that will actually maintain their original size.
What are some things that you will spend a little extra money on to insure decent quality?