The battle between generics or private labels versus national brand names rages on year after year, but you all know that I value certain things over money around here right? This is a finance blog of course, so I know that money is important, but there comes a point when you have to decide what to spend your money on in the end. Here’s my list of things that I have found worth spending a bit more on.
What can I say, this is an area that I treat myself well. I do buy in bulk when it comes to toilet paper to save a little, but we have found a brand that we love and haven’t looked back. It’s not too rough, but not too soft, and of course it’s two-ply.
A good friend of mine who lived like a college student for much of her life always bought 99cent loafs of bread from the Hostess outlet. One day, a friend of hers noticed this and said to her, “life’s to short to eat cheap bread”
It’s true. Some things are just worth paying more for and bread is one of them. Even making your own bread at home can cost more than the really cheap loafs at the grocery store, but oh is it worth it. The bread we buy is not the top of the tier, but it’s not the bottom either. It’s whole wheat and when toasted…ah delicious with or without a spread. There’s nothing like a really good piece of bread.
It’s not necessarily an essential, but when you’re watching your weight, pop-corn is the perfect snack. It’s light and fluffy, not too filling, but hits the spot sometimes. We actually buy kettle corn rather than pop, which helps in keeping sodium intake down. The sweet on the kettle corn is just enough to curb that craving we have for chocolate or ice-cream.
We go for Orville Redenbacher. The commercials are spot on, when it’s Orville Redenbacher, you know. The corn is bigger popped, and there are fewer kernels left in the bag. The regular pop-corn is less buttery and greasy than other brands. It’s a bit more expensive, but so worth it for our one standard indulgence around here.
I had an epiphany when I first tried on a pair of nice shoes. All my life I had been wearing cheap shoes and didn’t realize what a difference a good shoe could make in your life. In good shoes walking is easier and more enjoyable. My whole body can tell when I wear better shoes.
That being said, nice shoes are expensive even if they last longer. To counter that expense, I make my shoes last by watching where I walk and taking good care of my shoes when they are on and off my feet. I also have a fallback pair to wear if I know I’m going to be going someplace messy. I’ve got a nice pair of running shoes, and my fall backs are a nicer pair of all-purpose shoes. They aren’t as comfortable as the running shoes but are much more comfortable than the cheap shoes I used to buy.
We don’t eat much meat around here and used to buy really cheap pre-sliced deli meat for our lunches. The problem with that is the sodium content in that meat is high. I had never thought of getting meat sliced right at the deli and when I was on a special diet last year found it wasn’t much more expensive and was well worth the cost. The meat is healthier and tastes better.
There are things in this world worth paying more for. Health should never be sacrificed to save a dollar and a splurge here or there is good for you and can keep you motivated.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
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