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If you are frugal by nature, this article may not be for you. But if you are on the other end of the spectrum and have a little more spending money in your budget, then keep reading. Me? I'm somewhere in the middle. There are some things I am very frugal with, and others, like perfume, or my teenage son's shoes where I will drop a pretty penny to get the quality.
Frugality is an important virtue to cultivate when it comes to our personal finances. It can help us save up for big purchases that we might not otherwise make or put away enough money for retirement. And while it's true that being frugal will save us some cash, there are certain things in life where "cheap" just doesn't cut it.
A Wedding Dress
While discount dresses can be beautiful and well designed, many brides have found their once white gowns turned yellow just days after wearing them because something was wrong with how they were dyed or stored.
A New Mattress
Mattresses are one of those things that people rarely think about until they need one. And then they realize how expensive they can be. However, a good quality mattress can last anywhere from eight to twelve years, so don't go cheap on this purchase, or you'll regret it down the road.
Designer sunglasses can cost hundreds of dollars, but there's no question they are better made and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Plus, you won't have to worry about them breaking the next time you step on a pair of sunglasses at the beach or poolside.
I used to live in Palm Beach, the land of the cosmetically enhanced. Needless to say, if you always dreamed of having a particular enhancement done, don't be frugal about it. The chances are high that you will get a botched job and will have to spend more to get it right. Instead, make sure that the doctor or facility you want to get it done is reputable. For example, if you're looking to get a face-lift, do your research and ensure that the previous patients are happy with their results. The same applies to any non-invasive cosmetic surgery you are considering, like botox.
While it's true, there are some good deals on running shoes at department stores. Unfortunately, the quality just isn't as excellent compared to what you'll find in specialty shoe shops that specialize in this type of footwear. So if comfort is important to you when it comes to how well supported your feet are while running (or walking), then try not to go cheap here since over time, poor support could lead to injuries.
A good quality laptop can last for years. Still, if you're looking to buy a cheap one from a discount store, then chances are it won't even make it through the first year without breaking down or having other major problems. So save yourself the headache and invest in something that will last.
Another vital point is buying quality rather than quantity. You will definitely want to save money on groceries and household items, but if it's something you use every day, make sure it's high-quality. They last longer without chipping or breaking down easily, which can be more expensive in the long run.