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When the Cheap is more Expensive

My great grandfather used to say: “the cheap is expensive”. It’s a credo I live by even today – I prefer to spend more money on certain purchases if they are higher quality items or services. The last thing I need is to buy the same item over and over again because the cheaper option breaks down quickly. By the time I realize my mistake, the replacement will have cost more than having bought the higher-quality, more expensive option from the start. Nothing frugal about that!

These are some of the few items and services that I prefer to spend more money on:

Avoiding Bad Service – Namely Alitalia Airlines:

If you have ever flown with AIitalia, than you might know what I’m talking about. Rude service both in the airport and the airplanes and low quality planes (once, my seat was literally glued in place with duct tape), they tend to have more affordable prices than their competitors. I’ve had the unfortunate experience of flying with them a few times, and each time is worse than the previous. My friend was even physical attacked by a passenger in the plane, and the Alitalia staff were not helpful at all. I now prefer to spend more money and avoid them at all costs! (Apparently, I’m not the only one)

Save your Feet – Get Quality Shoes:

Beautiful, cheap shoes are a dime a dozen. It’s easy to get swept away by the beautiful stiletto heels and the cheap prices. But you know what else cheap shoes do? They damage your feet, get stinky very fast, lose their colors and gems within a few days, and the heels could break at some point, potentially damaging your ankle. I’ve had a collection of shoes like that, and they usually don’t last very long. I also have a few beautiful, expensive, high quality shoes that look like new even 10 years in and after many uses. And they are crazy comfortable, too – even with high heels!

Stiletto Mishap

Bras – Love my Victoria’s Secret

I’ve had all kinds of bras – mostly cheap, low quality ones that were bought in the streets of Bolivia and which were likely created in sweatshops in China. Thankfully I managed to make it into a Victoria’s Secret during my travels in the US, and it changed my life. Great support, great quality fabrics and amazing selections – that’s what Victoria’s Secret offers. Sure, I paid over $50-75 for each bra but it was well worth it. My trip was in 2003 and I’m STILL wearing the bras. I call that a major success in frugality!

Food – Avoiding the Unhealthy

I love junk food – that oily, crispy, delicious, deep fried, chemically enhanced yumminess. You know what I don’t love? Losing years of my life, clogging my arteries, becoming pre-diabetic, or having massive medical bills due to an unhealthy lifestyle. So when it comes to eating, I much prefer to dish out and pay more to eat well, rather than take the choice of a cheaper, but unhealthy McDonald’s burger and deep fried chips. For the past 5 years, I’ve been relatively good at avoiding junk. I have a one-time rule: I’m allowed to eat McDonalds only once a year. I already had my serving back in June, and haven’t had another bite since or before! Dr. Debi Silber actually wrote a great article on how “the cheap is expensive” expression applies to food. I recommend you give it a read!

Unhealthy, but oh so delicious

Is there anything you prefer to buy expensive and higher quality? Share your choices below!

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Natalie Elisabeth

    Bras are a pain to find.. that actually fit & are comfy..

    • Tell me about it… I avoid buying them like a plague. The bigger the chest, the more complicated!

  • malia p

    I recently bought my first ever Victorias Secret Bras, and I love them! I agree that it’s always better to buy good quality rather than cheap junk! Good quality items last longer!

  • I agree with the VS bras I never could bring myself to spend so much money until last year on one. They have lasted way longer than any other bra I have purchased,

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    I totally agree with you, I never buy cheap shoes and avoid junk food and VS bras are my fav! Didn’t know about Alitalia though.

  • Melinda Kuffler Dunne

    I agree with you on these tips. My personal favorite is the shoes. I never buy cheap shoes anymore. I used to wear anything and everything and now my body is paying for it. I have bad joints and bad feet now so I have to buy the best shoes available.

  • Sheila Worthington

    I agree with your grandfather. the things we thought cheap is probably a cents cheaper than the expensive. so it’s better to pay on expensive but quality made items. The quality, durability and comfort should be taking into account first than value. Thanks for sharing this tips

  • Lexie Lane

    I always have bad experiences with Victoria’s Secret. Every bra I’ve ever owned from there had broken clasps. Their makeup gave me the absolute worst allergic reaction too! I definitely understand your point in “When the Cheap is More Expensive!”

  • Laura W.

    Great tips. Too many times have I bought something because it was less expensive than another brand only to have to replace it within a few months.

  • Green Mommas

    These are some stellar tips! I have always found it is better to get the best brand– my last pair of dansko’s have lasted 4 years!

  • veronicalee

    I couldn’t agree more! When my mom fell and shattered her hip bone, she blamed the cheap pair of shoes she was wearing.