We’ve all heard the saying, “You get what you pay for.”
It’s true. Most often when we spend less on an item, we get less quality. It’s a bit of a trade-off. Sometimes, we don’t need quality, but other times it’s a foolish waste to throw money away on crap.
The Dollar Store is a perfect example. Ever buy your kid a toy in the Dollar Store? It’s broken in minutes if not seconds. You get junk for a dollar. It’s like throwing a bunch of one dollar bills in the trash.
Now, all you Dollar Store lovers are ready to throw tomatoes, I know. There are a few steals at the Dollar Store, items worth the money; however, many of the items aren’t a deal. If you start comparing ounce for ounce, you’ll be surprised to find you can get quite a few things cheaper in Walmart. The throw away baking tins are a fabulous deal though, my favorite Dollar Store Steal.
Personal Pet Peeve: Don’t fill your Christmas Shoe Boxes with junk toys. Imagine being the child who has next to nothing. He finally gets a box of cool stuff from Operation Christmas Child and his toy breaks the same day. That’s a really big bummer. Anything isn’t always better than nothing.
Investment pieces are personal choices. We spend the most on what we love and that’s different for all of us; however, this one tip is universal.
Invest in your tools.
My husband is an electrician by trade. He’s been wiring houses and commercial buildings since he got out of high school. In a pinch, he’s bought cheap tools and they’ve never been worth the money, because when you really need them, they don’t work properly – the batteries die too quickly, they don’t have power, they’re cheaply made and break, etc.
It’s financially wise for him to invest more money into the purchase of his tools.
What are your tools?
Businessman/Woman – Power Suit
Painter – Brushes
Baker – A Quality Mixer
Cook – Pots and Pans / Knives
Photographer – Camera
Writer – Computer
Runner – Running Shoes / Sports Bra
Mother – Ear Plugs (just kidding)
Fashion Blogger – Clothes
Those are just a few examples, but I hope you get my point. We all do different things. We have jobs and hobbies, families and passions.
What tools do we need to help us be successful at life? Those are the things we should invest our money in. They will most often pay for themselves in the long run.
Skimp and save on the rest, but invest in tools that will help you get your job done well.
What items do you invest your money in?
What are your “tools”?
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BOOTS – invest in a beautiful pair of BOOTS! 😉 And… earplugs. For. Sure.
I’ve often thought of ear plugs…never done it, though!
Our investment is in our home school curriculum. One wise friend said to me: do the first stuff cheap and save up for the jr/sr high curriculum that you really want. I can teach alphabet and phonics and basic math using cheap-o books from anywhere. I can’t teach government or world history or (gasp) a foreign language on a whim!
The Domestic Fringe says
Smart Michelle. Sounds like you’ve got a good plan going on. And, earplugs should be handed out in the hospital after you give birth. 😉
Glenn Riccobono says
Ear plugs. Ha! How about amnesia… Lol
The Domestic Fringe says
I can totally see how amnesia can be useful. 😉
I’d like to invest in a cleaning fairy. That’s my real dream.