As a savvy shopper, you’re always looking for the best deals and steals when it comes to your household items. But sometimes bypassing the more expensive item for the discounted deal can hurt you in the long run. With household items, you should always consider the long-term quality that the different-priced items offer. So how do you know when to save and when to splurge?
“As a general rule, home décor accessories tend to be trendy and relatively temporary. Feel free to pick up a lampshade at your local thrift store or a fresh set of throw pillows for under $10. However, splurging is the way when it’s time to buy mainstays like your refrigerator or something you’ll use regularly, like bed sheets,” according to Homesessive. Here’s a list of eight items to keep an eye on when deciding between splurging and saving.
1. Kitchen items
According to Bankrate, higher-quality cookware is meant to last a long time and can make cooking more efficient. Splurge on cookware and knives if you enjoy cooking and do it often. Keep an eye out for products that include a lifetime warranty. Yes, they will be more expensive — however, you won’t have to buy that item ever again. If you’re looking to get your kitchen items in a more affordable price range, buy them one at a time or purchase a basic starter set.
You will thank yourself for spending a little bit more on a quality vacuum. Opting to buy a cheaper model actually has the ability to affect your air quality. The less expensive models can emit allergens and microbes into the air in your home, says Homesessive. Take the time to research highly rated vacuums with good customer reviews before making a purchase.
If you’re not planning to use a hammer or wrench anytime soon, splurging on a set of tools isn’t the wisest choice. But if you’re somewhat handy and enjoy tackling things around the house, spending a little extra on tools is a smart move. A good set of tools will last you a long time and will take the frustration out of attempting to use a worn, hand-me-down tool.
4. Bathroom appliances
Definitely spend more on faucets, taps, and shower heads for your bathroom, writes Style at Home. They’ll make the bathroom look beautiful and provide great water pressure for your morning shower. Where to save in this area? Spend less on towels, shower curtains, and other accessories.
If you rely on your coffeemaker for your daily caffeine fix, investing in a reliable one is a wise choice. Think about it like this: Cups of coffee can run you up to $6 per day, so investing in a $100 coffee pot will pay off in the long run. “Higher-priced coffeemakers generally have better water filtration systems and higher boiling points, which make the coffee better for you and better tasting,” Homesessive reports.
Compromising a night’s sleep over saving a few dollars doesn’t make sense. Sleep is important, so be sure to splurge when it comes to a mattress. You can make up the difference by saving on extras in your bedroom, such as nightstands, reading lamps, and decorative pillows, per Style at Home.
7. Kitchen cabinets
This is an area where you can definitely save. Opt for simple and affordable cabinets. Then, spice them up by purchasing unique hardware and handles, which you can find at antique shops or specialty stores.
“A pricier stroke of paint will last longer and look more professional even when you’re a DIY novice. Less expensive paints tend to be diluted with more solvents, which means it requires more coats to cover a surface, whereas more expensive paints take just one coat to look amazing,” Homesessive writes. Spend a little more on rollers, too — it contributes to the overall finished look and will prevent you from spending money to touch up or redo what you painted.