There are some things in life that aren’t worth cutting corners on. Sometimes, paying top dollar for something can pay off in the long run. Splurging on things like your mattress and shoes is well worth it as you’ll spend a large part of your day in them, and they can impact your health.
Personally, I think spending a few extra bucks on toilet paper is worth every penny. In fact, I’d even go as far as recommending a bidet, but I’ll save that conversation for another post.
People are sharing other examples of expensive items worth buying, and now I’ve got some shopping to do.
“What’s something you used to be cheap on, until you tried a high-quality version, and now you can’t go back?”
Here are 25 expensive items worth buying according to this AskReddit thread:
Major rule of life – don’t skimp out on anything that comes between you and the ground – shoes, tires, and bed.
Windshield wipers. I used to buy the cheap ones and would get so annoyed that they would always skip across the windshield. I thought all wipers did that until I bought the expensive ones. I’ll never buy the cheap ones again.
Earbuds/headphones. Used to think people who paid over $20 for earbuds were ridiculous. Eventually got tired of my $12 ones breaking or being such low quality.
Please everyone, treat yourself and buy a high quality bed set. Mattresses are expensive but it’s worth its weight in gold. Even if you just get a new set of covers, something with a high thread count. Sleep itself isn’t as important as how you sleep.
dish soap. my god, i will never again purchase great value dishsoap. dawn ftw
Tap water. Once you’ve lived somewhere with clear, fresh, cold water straight from the tap, it’s impossible to accept anything else..
A winter coat
Agree. I bought a Moncler coat, and yes it was insanely expensive, but it is the most impeccably made garment I own and it will actually make me sweat if the temp is above 32/0. It will never go out of style and will last the rest of my life and then someone else’s.
Got an osprey backpack and I can never go back
Coffee. Once you have a real espresso machine and rather good beans the difference is just too high to go back to a capsule machine.
Oh ho, look at mister too-good-for-gas-station-sushi over here…
Technology. Like, screen monitors, consoles, laptops, phones, etc. some of it high-quality products are far more worth the buck
Maple syrup is a bit of a treat here in Australia. I grew up with ‘golden syrup’ as a pancake topping and pudding ingredient. It’s in the treacle family, but is much lighter and nicer. It’s basically just a 500% sugar hit though with little other taste. Genuine maple syrup costs a lot more, but has such a lovely flavour. There is imitation maple, but nah.
My Dyson vacuum. My dog sheds a lot and cheap vacuums would only last a year before breaking.
I used to buy cheap polyester clothes from Kohl’s and other massive retailers, but one day I was shopping in a higher end place and bought a really nice heavy duty cotton henley and every time I went into my closet I wanted to wear it.
So I decided to empty my closet and start over with better quality clothes. Now I have half as many clothes as I did before, but I feel good in all of them, and they will last for years instead of months.
Instead of buying four $10 Polo shirts, I buy one $40 quality Polo shirt.
The expensive ones have UV protection for your eyes. Yes, eyes apparently get damaged by UV rays. No, not all expensive brands have UV protection. That’s why it’s best to buy from an optics store. There is also apparently a hack for figuring out if your sunglasses have UV protection, but I forgot exactly how it goes and how effective it is.
We cheaped out and bought low quality garbage bags once. It made our week a misery. They split, leaking bin juice all over the pantry floor. They burst halfway to the wheelie bin. They just make more work all round, and never end up being a saving as you have to double up anyway. False economy.
Whiskey. Alcohol tax is high in Aus so if you are already paying a buttload, you may as well buy the actual good stuff.
I find it weird that this comment isn’t here (unless i overlooked it) but TOILET PAPER! Once i started using 2ply i knew there was no way in hell i was going back to 1ply.
Eggs. Once I tried free range organic farm fresh eggs with those deep orange yolks..I just couldn’t go back. Paying over $6 a dozen isn’t cheap but so worth it.
Literally everything. Food, shoes, headphones, soap, clothes…
The trick with “expensive” is that it only makes sense to a point. After a certain threshold the price goes up, but quality/comfort will barely budge. The most expensive things are a fraud, if you consider it from the quality point of view. They mainly have perceived value. An illusion.
So don’t cheap on things, but don’t go crazy either.
Buying a second-hand suit and having it fitted would be more affordable. If you want to try before investing thousands.
I used to get the basic twelve pack of white socks, but switched to darn tough wool socks. I was a little sticker shocked at first but I’m not blowing holes in them because of my fungus toe anymore.
1. avocadoes. bought them from a company that buys them directly from the farmers, and i cant go back to storebought ones.
2. hiking boots. i learned to appreciate good hiking boots when i went on a hiking trip wearing. sneakers.
Airplane tickets. I can’t go back to economy for long flights after experiencing first class.
Top 5, no particular order:
2. Pocket knives
3. Handyman tools
4. Guitar strings
5. Non-stick cookware