Things to buy

Posted By: Dr. Frugal in Frugality on 08/16/2007 at 05:48:22

There are certain items you should never, ever skimp on. 99% of the time the brand doesn't matter and if you're living a frugal life you'll likely buy the highest quality for as little money as you can. There are some instances where the quality:price ratio needs to go out the window.

Plungers: I can assure you that when this morning's sewage is streaming out of your toilets you're not going to be happy with your $5 plunger that you have to manually turn right-side-out after two plunges. Look for one with the hourglass shape and made of sturdy material to ensure that it's going to get the job done when it counts.

Paper Towel: It's always good to have a roll of paper towel on hand when using a regular rag just isn't going to get the job done. You might be tempted to buy the $0.59 generic store brand but it's better to pay the $1.19 to grab some of the Viva; that stuff will soak up anything. Similar to the plunger, when there's half a gallon of milk on the floor you don't want to discover how lousy your paper towel is.

Shoes: What! Shoes! No really, think of how often you're in your shoes. As my dad used to say, "you're either in your shoes or your bed" and he was right. Brand doesn't matter but comfort does. Shoes however, do typically cost more as the quality goes up so if you plan on having a pair for more than a couple years I would vote it's a sound expenditure. Don't tell your wife that though.

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