12 Items You Shouldn’t Skimp On

The last thing you want to do is to buy something that’s cheap and realize that it’s poorly made.  Worse yet, finding out that you have to spend money to replace the item is frustrating because you will always think “if I had just purchased the quality item, this wouldn’t be happening.”  Here are a few purchases that you shouldn’t skimp on.

1. Mattress

You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s worth repeating.  You use this every day, so why settle for something that isn’t comfortable.  I hated the idea of spending $1,000 on a mattress, but after a year of sleeping on a glorified box spring pretending to be a mattress, I caved and bought a quality mattress.  I don’t regret spending money for a good one because I know it will last longer than a cheap bed and it’s really comfortable.

 2. Smoke Detectors and Batteries

I would advise against buying your smoke detectors from the Dollar Store.  The same goes for the batteries.  If it’s equipment that’s designed to save my life, I don’t want to risk anything for a few dollars of savings.

*On that note…You might add the following things that I wouldn’t skimp on because my safety/health is more important than a few buck saved:

3. Fire extinguishers for the kitchen

4. Tires for your car

5. Car Seats for the kids

6. Running shoes

Your health and safety are worth more than a few dollars saved, so if you’re going to purchase any of the above items, do yourself a favor and don’t skimp because of price.

7. Accountant

If you’re starting a business or have a complicated tax situation, please don’t take your tax return to the people sitting inside Walmart during tax season.  I’m sure they won’t have any problems completing a basic tax return, but you don’t want to mess up anything if you’re new to filing business taxes.  While I like to use Turbo Tax each year, there will be a time where hiring an accountant is worth it for me and I won’t be skimping out hiring one that is experienced.

8.  Home and Car Inspections

You’re not doing yourself a favor by using a ‘friend of a friend’ to inspect your home or a car that you’re looking to purchase.  Hire a reputable inspector that will tell you the honest truth about your potential purchase.  Cars and homes are often the largest expenses someone will make, so why skimp on something that might reveal potential problems?

 9.  Paint

Don’t you love painting a room for the 3rd time because the paint won’t cover completely?  Of course not!  Would you pay $5 -$10 more to have paint that covers completely, washes well, and doesn’t wear as fast?  If you like these qualities, don’t skimp on paint.  Get the good stuff and you’ll be happy you did.

10.  Vacuum Cleaner

This is something I can attest to firsthand.  We are using a $50 vacuum that was given to us for free.  It works OK, but we have to go over the room a few times, and I’m sure that it doesn’t even clean that deep.  We’re saving for a quality vacuum and expect to pay upwards of $200 for one that will last a while.  Since we have a dog, dirt and fur make for a constant cleaning battle in our home, so it’ll be worth it to spend extra on a quality vacuum.

11.  Outdoor Grill

This is a pretty big purchase that should be made with quality in mind.  It needs to hold up in the weather, so stainless steel parts aren’t just for show.  Look for a grill that has stainless steel grates to cook on as well as a quality burner.  If it looks cheap, it probably is, and you might regret the purchase…especially if it breaks on you before you can use it again next summer!

12.  Big Screen TV

No, I’m not saying that you should buy one.  I’m saying that if you are going to buy one, don’t let price be the only thing you consider.  The lower priced and cheaper brands may not have the same warranty as the top brands.  You might also find that lower priced TVs could have a lower resolution and even fewer inputs for your devices.  If you are going to be using the TV every day, it might be worth the extra $100 to get one that isn’t going to make you say “I wish I got the other one…”

Have you sacrificed quality for price and regret doing it?  What did you buy? 

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  • http://www.20sfinances.com 20’s Finances

    Great tips. I know many friends that purchase the cheapest tires possible even when they plan to keep the car for a while. My thought is that you should buy quality tires that will last and have a warranty. I’m glad you included the mattress as well. Who knows how much more you would pay when you get back problems in the future!

  • http://carefulcents.com Carrie Smith

    I definitely agree with not skimping on Car Seat for Kids, Fire Extinguisher and Smoke Detectors. Safety and health is very important, plus having any of those items malfunction or fail could cost lives!

    When it comes to the IRS, taxes and keeping a business running smoothly (and honestly) finding a good accountant or tax professional is worth their weight in gold (or green). Being an entrepreneur and Bookkeeper I have seen that people would rather pay a little extra money to someone they trust and who will do the job right. :)

    Thanks for posting

  • http://www.krantcents.com krantcents

    I rarely sacrifice quality for price! I usually look for a way to get a discount or sales price for the item.

  • B Kelly @ MoneyMasteryAcademy

    My dad used to love buying those 2nd hand tyres (if you could call them that) where they glue on a ‘new’ set of tyre threads – that’s my layman understanding of the process anyway. Used to drive me crazy and I would go all berserk on him. His excuse was always the same – we only use the car to go get groceries anyway! He doesnt do it anymore cos i’ve found a new way to handle this – borrow his car for an afternoon and come back with shinny new wheels! And now I can breathe easier…

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  • http://www.raisingthebarrs.com Anjanette

    My husband and I bought a “cheap” queen futon for $500. We thought we’d use it for a bed in the short term and a couch/guest bed in the long term. Sleeping on it pregnant and with a new baby was awful. So not as comfortable as they promised! We got rid of it as soon as we had the opportunity to replace it with a regular queen bed. Thankfully, the replacement bed was a gift, but we still wasted $500!

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