Everyone wants the best quality items for their home. However, this adds up and drains your wallet quickly. Where is the line between when to splurge or save? Splurge on items that you use daily. Having higher quality items that are used constantly will mean they’ll last longer.
My personal preference is to always have a good set of knives. Whether you’re an avid cook or not, knives will always be used for many purposes around the kitchen. Go out and look for knives, but choose what feels good in your hand. Make sure they have a good grip and feel comfortable. If the blade goes through the handle, it’s a good, solid knife.
Because you’re always using your mattress and sheets, you definitely want to splurge on these two items. Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to be able to function for the rest of the day. If you have a lumpy mattress and grainy sheets, it can leave you with aches and irritation for the entire next day. Invest in a mattress that’ll last you a decade or so, and Egyptian cotton sheets with 1000 thread count to make sleeping in your own bed a luxury.
Having a good vacuum will save you an incredible amount of money. There’s always a new and improved version coming out every year, so pick one that does what you’re looking for (getting under furniture, turns easily, cordless, etc.) and it’ll last you for a very long time.
A good blender is always nice to have for making smoothies, milkshakes, or just trying to finely chop something down. If you get a good enough blender, you won’t have to buy another one for several years.
If you plan on living in your current abode for a decade or so, getting a comfortable couch that the whole family loves is really important. When my family got our couch, we had a family day of going to Crate & Barrel and Macy’s to try out couches and see if we could find one we all agreed on. Get one everyone in the family enjoys, that’s perfect for movie nights, or just stretching out and relaxing.
Professional help exists for a reason. I consider this a splurge because it’ll save you time and frustration if you just shell out the money for a professional. For someone that is not a handyman, hire a plumber. If you don’t have time to water your garden, call up a local gardener. You’ll be thankful you asked someone who knows what they’re doing, and it’ll work or look so much better.
As someone who is an avid coffee drinker, having a good coffee maker is key to my kitchen. However, not everyone likes to drink coffee. If you do, splurge to get the best out there that makes your favorite drinks because it will last you a lifetime. If you enjoy a cup every once in a while, it’s best to just go with a cheaper model.
Having great tools sounds like a good idea, but only if you use them. Having a fancy screwdriver with multiple heads will help in the long run, but having every tool under the sun when you’re not a handyman is a bit superfluous. However, if you do use tools every or almost every day, it’s important to have the best made. Check out your local hardware store and see what they offer.
Bicycles and instruments are the same to me in the sense that they should be a personal choice about how much money you’d want to spend on them. Depending on your skill level and expertise with both pastimes, you’ll want to spend more money on them if you will use them frequently and intend to use them as part of your daily life.
Cosmetics are purely a personal choice, in my opinion. As someone that doesn’t wear makeup often, I prefer to spend my money elsewhere. However, someone that does wear make up every day and is particular about how it is applied and the color, should spend the money to get exactly what they want.
There has been a huge surge in technology, specifically in computers. However, it’s a personal preference on how much you want to spend on it. Same thing with tablets: as someone that just uses a writing app and internet app, I don’t need the newest, fastest tablet or computer available. I would consider a computer to be a necessity in this day and age, but it’s good to know what exactly you’d be using it for.
Towels are one of those things that you don’t have to spend an absurd amount of money on. While they are used often, they soften with age. Find a set that’s nice and comfortable, but don’t overspend on them.
Shower curtains and accessories in your shower can be found for cheap at places such as Bed, Bath & Beyond. As long as you keep your accessories clean, they’ll look new and fresh, as if they were bought with a couple more zeros attached to the end of their price tag.
A lot of products for your kids can be bought at a lower price line. Bikes for kids, for example, shouldn’t be where you go all out. They’ll grow out of their bike before you’ll get your money’s worth. Same with shoes, they’ll grow right out of them before they even put them on.
Coasters and hand towels can be reused from cutting up old towels or found in thrift shops. If you want to get fancier hand towels for the guest bathroom or for specific holidays, that’s okay. However, for repetitive use that are already grungy, reusing old towels works just fine.
Splurging versus saving on items all depends on how often you’ll be using the product. It’s important to buy products on the more expensive side when you’ll be using them often. For products that you’ll use just once a month or so, it’s ok to not spend as much money on them. Saving on some home items will not affect their quality when you don’t use them as much. Regardless of your choices, choose what you’re most comfortable to have to make your home the best home you can have.
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