Are you throwing money away by spending more on products that have little to no lasting effect on your life? If we examine the why behind a purchase decision closely, we might find that just because mother paid $4.99 for Mead writing tablets, it may not be the wisest shopping choice today. One of the quickest ways to run up a shopping bill is to splurge on name brand or specialty consumables, so let’s take a look today on the 5 worst products to spend more on and reduce that bill.
What Qualifies as a Consumable?
Technically, everything we purchase is a consumable. Consumers devour ideas, information, products, and services around the clock, but a more refined definition of a consumable product would be anything that gets washed down the drain or thrown out with the trash.
Which consumable products should you be thrifty with and which are worth paying more for?
Products Worth Splurging For
- Toilet paper. Let’s be realistic. If you buy the cheap stuff, you’re just going to use more and you really don’t end up saving money unless you have a way to enforce Grandma’s “two squares” limit for everyone in your house.
- Hair care products. If you have color treated hair or if you use styling products everyday, it pays to spend more for the good stuff. You get better results with a smaller amount of product if you upgrade to a quality brand. However, if you can buy with the Dollar Store knock-offs without walking around with hag hair all day, by all means, save a few bucks.
- Make up. Cheap make up is not only bad for your skin, but it wears poorly over the course of a day. You end up having to reapply several times a day and you’re more likely to experience skin issues like rashes, dry patches, and pimples. Get the good stuff and use it wisely.
- Light bulbs. Spending a little more for high-efficiency or LED light bulbs can actually save you money in the long run, so do your homework and compare prices before making a final decision.
5 of The Worst Products to Spend More On
- Dish soap. Spending more for name brand or scented dish soaps is a little fruitless since it gets washed down the drain on a regular basis. A common sense exception would be if you have hard water or an allergy to certain types of soaps.
- Toilet bowl cleaner. If it cleans and disinfects, go the cheapest route you can find. This may mean switching to vinegar or straight bleach and doing away with the Scrubbing Bubbles.
- High-grade gasoline. If you have a newer (non-high performance) car, it most likely runs equally well on 87 octane as it would on 92 octane gasoline. This doesn’t include high performance vehicles or those with manufacturers that recommend Top Tier fuels, but most people will likely save money by going with cheaper gas.
- Paper (especially school paper). The majority of your writing paper probably ends up in the wastebasket over the course of a year, so purchasing the most inexpensive paper you can find makes sense. Your kids may not like the slight discoloration of the off-brand recycled notebook paper, but you can compromise by buying a single notebook of quality paper for presentations and important assignments. If you journal or keep your notebooks long-term for reference, it’s probably a good idea to exercise your best judgment in determining what price range is acceptable to meet your needs.
- Paper towels and napkins. These consumable items generally end up in the trash mere minutes after removal from the package. Opting for unpatterned, unquilted, boring paper towels and napkins for everyday use is a smart buy. (Most of the inexpensive brands of paper towels now come with extra perforations that create mini-sheets and help make the roll last longer.)
What consumable products can you not live without and which are on your “grab the cheap one” list?
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