Too Poor to Buy Cheap: Stuff I Wouldn't Skimp on, Even if I Had to Scrounge Around the Couch Cushions for Loose Change
|My pup at bath time|
Coats--My parents always bought us nice coats from Land's End or LL Bean, usually two sizes bigger than what we needed. I've done the same, except this time it's a gorgeous Kenneth Cole navy peacoat (had it for ten years), a black wool mid-length coat (ten years), and a Columbia "play" jacket (5 years). Worth every penny, and with a little care, each coat still looks new.
Boots--Our family spent its early years in northeastern Ohio, where the snow started in October and lasted until May. We each had a pair of trusty boots we could wear (again, a size too big). Five years ago, I splurged on a pair of tall brown boots. The toe is slightly rounded, the heel is a pretty stacked wood, and the color is that great brown that looks fantastic with any outfit. I take them to my shoe guy every fall for a "tune up." The leather is acquiring a nice patina, and the boots just look better with age.
Dog food--Well, honestly, I don't remember WHAT my parents fed our pets growing up, but I know I discovered the little miracle of organic, holistic, corn and byproduct free dog food about four years ago. Who knew it's actually CHEAPER in the long run to buy an expensive bag of dog (and/or cat) food than to buy bargain food in bulk? Sure, bags start at $16 (hello, first time buyer sticker shock), BUT my dog sheds less, poops less, and yes, actually eats less than he did previously. My cost of feeding him ends up being about a penny per pound (of his weight) per day. And, he's so healthy now that he needs the vet less, which also saves me money.
(Psst, if you'd like to take a look at a good, holistic, organic food from a cool company, check out Blue Buffalo.)
What items are you "too poor to buy cheap?"
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