4 Things I’ll Pay More For

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For some things, you can get away with the cheap version. For those who delight in getting a deal almost as much as they value what they’re buying, looking at the lower shelves for off-brands is a way of life, and they’re proud of it. It’s a useful practice; you can save a lot of money that way.

I’m quite a penny-pincher myself; it’s practically a family legacy; it would hardly be a holiday without someone boasting about the deal they got on a new iPhone, or a sale on socks. However, there are some things that I’ve found are always worth putting a little more money into, even if there’s a cheaper alternative.

SHOES

Shoes are probably the number one item I’m willing to splurge on. I have several good reasons. The first is that I love shoes, all styles of shoes: booties, strappy sandals, ballet flats, et cetera. However, there are plenty of cute shoes out there that are pretty cheap. Unfortunately, 80% of shoe styles don’t work for me, because I have extra-wide feet (think duck paddles). Most women’s shoes are a B width, medium. I run about a D width, and I have to buy a size up to get my feet to fit. Aside from making me trip a lot, this excludes me from most flats and heels that don’t have an adjustable strap, and makes a lot of boots blister-inducing. Therefore, when I find a good shoe that I like, I buy it. And I buy a quality brand because I want it to last. Shoes see heavy use by the nature of their purpose; they need to be well-made from sturdy materials. If that means a higher price tag, I find it worth the cost.

TISSUES

I can use cheap tissues in a casual way; when I buy a box to keep on hand for emergencies, it’s usually the cheaper, coarser kind. But if I’m sick, I buy something that’s softer, tougher, and that has lotion. If I’m blowing my nose every five minutes, it’s going to be red and raw. The type of tissue, though, can determine exactly how raw–the difference between slightly irritated and burning. The nicer brands are just worth it.

CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE

I think chocolate and coffee are self-explanatory. I like cheap chocolate, and I’ll drink cheap coffee. But the quality of the specialty brands for these particular consumables can make a big difference. I’m willing to pay.

COATS

Especially, especially if the coat is leather. I have a couple pleather jackets that fit well and look good; I don’t have a problem with pleather or vegan leather options. But if I’m looking for a real leather piece, I want a nice one. Leather’s expensive anyway, you might as well make sure it’s well made and looks good. That said, I consider coats in general to be investment pieces. I look for a sturdy, warm, classic coat that will last me several seasons, and whose color will be able to withstand a little sludge and a few coffee spills.

I'm a lover of words in all forms, sweatshirts in all conditions, and God in all circumstances. I particularly enjoy working collaboratively on the written word and wearing microfiber robes (preferably at the same time). Most of the time I don't get enough sleep, but I make a valiant effort.

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