We all do our best to be frugal and not waste money on useless things and experiences (although an occasional healthy splurge is not too bad if you can afford it), but sometimes what may seem like an initial wise investment can do mora damage than good in the long-run. More specifically, when you cut corners on quality for the sake of your wallet, it’s no surprise that you may have to re-invest very soon or have troubles with the product or service from the get-go.
Among many things we need in life, the following are some of those invaluable exceptions that are well worth their price tag, and that you should never try to reduce costs on, in order to make the most of your investment!
1. Say no to fast fashion
It’s easy to get, very affordable and diverse, but when the time comes to go to your best friend’s wedding and the heel falls off your new pair of Johnny Choon’s or the strap breaks off your new purse – you’ll know the value of your investment. Not to mention the fact that fast fashion production is among the lead culprits of unfair trade practices, using toxic dyes and synthetic materials that also harm your skin health and overall wellbeing.
The bottom line is, you might want to invest your money into a capsule wardrobe of essentials that will outlast whole shelves of fast fashion garments, and also contribute to saving the environment.
2. Body treatments
If you plan on getting a tattoo, laser eye surgery, breast implants or anything along the lines of body adornment and health-related procedures, there’s no such thing as expensive. Or overemphasizing the importance of focusing on quality rather than quantity. First of all, many of these decisions will be life-long choices, and although you can now remove tattoos, the procedure is painful, it can span over several sessions and it can also be pricey.
So, before you regret your next body-related decision, do your research and make a choice based on references, reviews and your own long-term health.
3. Car maintenance
You don’t have to be a car expert to understand the importance of regular maintenance. Of course, it’s a no brainer that you should get a decent car in the first place, in order to minimize repair expenses. Perhaps it may seem like an overpriced item at first, but if you invest in the right car from the start, you’ll be able to save on gas, maintenance and repairs down the road.
The same goes for choosing the right mechanic you can rely on, to make sure you can go anywhere with your car carefree. Consider regular servicing, unexpected issues, and quality gas your top priorities.
No matter how tempting and convenient fast food may be, it’s one thing to indulge in an occasional burger, and completely another to regularly base your diet on unhealthy choices. Your body may be able to cope with it for a while, but after a certain amount of time, you’ll increase your risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues. What may seem like a bargain for now may turn out to be your body’s worst enemy.
To that end, do your best to choose local, seasonal and quality produce, and you’ll protect your health and save on medical bills in the years to come.
5. Quality sleep
We spend at least six to eight hours every night snuggled up in our beds, and we rarely give it a second thought. The mattress, the frame, sheets and pillows all matter for your health, comfort and quality of sleep. On the other hand, choosing a cheap mattress can lead to spine issues, allergies and insomnia, among many other wonderful ailments.
Find a mattress that will support your back, help you sleep comfortably and prevent any long-term consequences, that will, once again cost you dearly whether in the form of health issues or added expenses.
6. Safety add-ons
Whether you’re looking for an alarm system for your new apartment, a car seat for your bundle of joy or a lock for your bicycle, it truly goes without saying that you cannot put a price on your safety, as well as the safety of your loved ones.
Anything that goes into keeping your home and your family secure is worth researching, consulting professionals and then investing even a bit more above your initial assessment if the offered quality means added safety.