What are some expenses you never go cheap on and why? For me, this is a fairly challenging question. The definition of inexpensive is the key to the issue. I buy pretty much everything on the cheap, if cheap implies paying less than full price.
We purchase generic brand groceries since they are more affordable and of equivalent quality. Colgate is the only product I purchase at full price because I dislike the flavor of the less expensive ones. Oh, I do purchase microbrew beer, but I do so infrequently—only once every six months. Apart from those, we hardly give branding any thought. The same is true for consumer goods including clothing, furniture, gadgets, and other items. I always attempt to purchase these items on sale to save money.
The next item that came to mind was baby gear. We recently had a baby, so we probably didn’t skimp on him, or did we? Actually, I believe that we are also being stingy here. Most of his clothing is secondhand or was a gift. We make use of his crib and stroller. Instead of drinking Enfamil, he consumes Kirkland brand formula. Although I wouldn’t think twice paying for Enfamil if I discovered that the Kirkland formula was lacking in any way.
We must be willing to pay full price for something. It dawned on me after mulling over the invoices in my thoughts for a few more hours. On costs associated with safety and health, we are not prepared to make concessions. I do purchase generic medications rather than brand-name ones, but I would still fill my prescription. We would never take the chance of being without health insurance since we view it as essential. We wouldn’t think twice about having the recommended surgery performed if the doctor suggests it.
We recently bought baby RB40 a brand-new car seat as well. His used infant car seat may have served us for a further six months until he outgrew it, but its expiration date is in December. When I bought it last year, I was unaware that there existed such a thing. Now that I am aware that car seats lose some of their safety features beyond their expiration date because the plastic deteriorates, I will only only purchase brand-new or recently used items. My dad, who is a true cheapskate, would continue using it after it expired.
Do you think I’m a cheapskate? Yes, I do since I try to avoid paying the whole amount whenever possible. I often lose interest in buying a particular item when I wait to buy it until I find a sale. However, I am willing to pay for health and safety because they should come first.