Everyone wants to save money in any way possible. Hellooo sharing Hulu and Netflix passwords – it’s the norm and we get it. Americans don’t want to spend a penny more than they have to. However, there are some items that are worth spending more on so you don’t have to replace them every year. And if you do skimp on these items, it could cost you even more in the long run.
We’re not asking you to install a new home security system tomorrow, but below are five household items that are worth dishing out a few extra bucks for. .
Yes, number one on the list and yes, mattresses are expensive. However, did you know the average lifespan of an innerspring mattress is 7-8 years? Not long at all. The average person also sweats about half a pint of perspiration every night. That’s a lot of sweat to accumulate in seven years. Besides having a healthy sleeping environment, Dr. Dominique of Alpine Chiropractic said 20-30% of patients report waking up in chronic pain relate the issue to a poor mattress. Not purchasing a quality mattress can cause serious health issues. It’s worth the extra money. There are usually great deals around holidays as well – cha-ching!
2. Vacuum Cleaners
Another pricey item that people don’t want to splurge on. It’s much easier to buy a $50 vacuum instead of a $200-$500 one, but how long does a $50 vacuum last? Unfortunately, not very long. The worst feeling is vacuuming for a few hours and not picking anything up. It is smart to splurge on a more expensive vacuum like the Dyson or Kirby for better quality and to get more bang for your buck in the long run. You’ll save yourself money and time. (And your house will be cleaner too!)
3. Kitchen Knives
Have you ever settled for using a plastic knife while trying to cut a steak? It probably didn’t work out too well. Even if it’s not plastic, a cheap knife isn’t going to go very far when trying to cut open a watermelon or veggies for the week. Good news – you don’t have to buy an entire set to get the job done. Splurge on just one quality knife and you should be good to go until you decide you love it so much and you want to expand your collection.
This one might seem more obvious, but it’s not a good feeling when you have to hand a guest a towel with holes in it or stains on it. While we’re on the topic, same goes for sheets. Make your guests feel at home and want to come back to your place. Not to mention, you’ll sing praises when you sleep in a bed with brand new clean sheets. You can still use your old towels for cleaning purposes around the house. Win win.
It’s so easy to make a beeline to Craigslist when looking for big furniture purchases. We’ve all been there. If you don’t have luck on Craigslist, the next place you might look is for a boxed sofa that you can assemble yourself for a cheaper price.
Finding a used sofa can be a dangerous game. There’s a high risk for stains, discomfort from being used, and even…bugs. Boxed sofas usually aren’t the most comfy either. If you invest in a couch you truly love, you’ll be happier to crash on it when you get home from a long day at work. Additionally, you can keep it for many years to come without worrying about buying one every time you move to fit your new space.
Often times, big purchases make smart long-term purchases. It might be a good idea to start saving now for the items that will make you happier in life and in your home!