This blog is mostly based around getting beginners (and anyone else) on the same level financial ground. I spend a lot of time giving you insight into the ways to squirrel away cash, and save money on certain unnecessary items. But even I have a few select items of higher quality that I enjoy in my life.
Unfortunately, there are certain things that I have learned (the hard way) should be of high quality. Mind you my idea of a “splurge” is very different than most; and I have managed to keep this list as short as possible, because I do not like handing over my cash. But it is worth noting that when it comes to your health, or things that come into contact with your body, It might be cheaper to go with the higher quality upfront.
Here are the 4 things that I choose to invest in.
Coffee Making equipment.
I opt out of buying a fancy coffee drink everyday. A grande coffee from Starbucks can run up to $5-$6 dollars per day. Whereas, if you buy 1 pound of coffee it ranges in price, but you can stretch it as long as you see fits your budget. Your dollar can stretch way further than it would going into any cafe for a semi expensive latte everyday.
I find that the easiest way to brew coffee is using the french press. They are easy to clean, and maintain with a reusable sponge or washcloth. I like this utensil the best because they can come with extremely low prices. This especially true when compared to your average joe making contraption. At the end of the day, there are a ton of choices out there for coffee making. You really cannot go wrong when you make your own cup!
Running shoes come in a variety of prices and brands. I have learned the hard way, that skimping on good shoes can lead to injury later on. You cannot just walk into any store, buy a cheap pair, and become successful.
I tend to go for shoes that have a built-in orthotic-like memory foam sole. In terms of price, a good price that I shoot for is between $60-$85. These shoes should last you at least 6 months if you are a monster runner, so your buck is not going to waste here. When I ran competitively I always went for Asics, Mizuno, or Saucony. These shoes were the common brands that provided comfort, and bounce back in my day!
I have very mixed feelings concerning the health implications of the standard deodorant. That is why I put time in to discover deodorant that won’t cause underarm discomfort, or contain harsh chemicals. I enjoy being able to buy these types of products in bulk as well, that way we are making the purchase once every 2-3 months, and we get to stretch our cash further.
Facial skin care.
The downside to quality skincare is that the prices can really climb. However I was able to find a few brands that are not running me hundreds of dollars, and they last for months at a time. one of which was Murad.
One bottle that was around 12 oz. lasted me three months, so the price averages down considerably when you use your product in its entirety. Making the switch from drugstore to high end skin care really has the potential to transform your skin like it did for me! You should check out my youtube channel to see my skin transformation. It’s also a great place to see what other alternatives I spend money on to save cash!
These are the things that I cannot forgo when it comes to spending a little more dough than usual. I do want to highlight that purchasing a few high quality products does not have to get in the way of your lifestyle, or bust your budget. Some strategies that I use to obtain each item in a cost efficient way:
- Stagger when I purchase a high quality product. (say I spent under my grocery buget this month, then I am going to buy more coffee, or skin care if I am running low).
- I buy in bulk. There are certain things that you can buy an abundance of, and it lasts months at a time. (Deodorant, shampoo, etc.).
- Price check. I always make sure that I am fully aware of my options when I am making a purchase, and I always go for the most reasonable price.
What are some things that you are willing to spend a pretty penny on? And what are some staples that you have discovered on your money saving journey? Let me know, I love tips!
Thanks so much for reading, and I will see you in the next post. Happy Spending!