When it comes to buying the big things to make life more comfortable, quality over quantity or cost should be heavily considered.
Remember the Yugo? There was a reason it was so cheap.
Sometimes cars like that are uncomfortable to drive and may end up needing multiple repairs before dying prematurely. Because cars tend to hold up for many more miles than they used to — with a fair number likely to last for 200,000 miles — go ahead and find a used car that combines quality and lower price.
Whether we’re talking about kitchen tools or power tools, you want the best items you can afford if you’ll be using them regularly.
Thin pots and dull knives will have you running to the takeout line, rather than cooking at home.
Anemic power drills and flimsy hand tools will leave you cursing and make your weekend projects all that more of a chore.
However, if you need an item for a one-time use, renting might make even more sense in some cases.
It would really be costly to pay someone to do your taxes and then find out they filed the paperwork all wrong. And yet, that’s the sort of thing that happens when you go the bargain-basement route for professional services.
From financial advisers to auto mechanics, you want to spend extra to get someone who knows what they’re doing. It could cost more upfront but will save money in the long run.
A house is another place you don’t want to scrimp. Like cheap cars, some cheap houses may cut corners on quality. New construction is new, but sometimes comes with paper-thin walls and chintzy cabinets. They may be expensive to heat and uncomfortable to live in.
Instead of seeking out the cheapest house possible, buy the best house you can afford — considering both the structure and the location.
Life is so much better when you’re well-rested, and it’s hard to feel well-rested when your mattress is thin or lumpy or uncomfortably stiff. Find the best mattress to support your back and sleeping style and buy it, even if it costs a little more.
Buying the most expensive one isn’t necessity.
All-in-all, you should be willing to pay more to get what you need rather than settling for less.