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Sticker shock is real, y’all. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve browsed the Internet for a particular item only to be shocked at the price tag. Today, I’m going to be sharing the things that I think are worth paying extra for, they are worth the investment. The items I am sharing with you today are from a variety of categories, but are worth the extra bucks in my mind.
How many of you have ‘cut the cord?’ *sees a few hands* Okay, now how many of you struggle with Netflix that never seems to stop buffering? *sees significantly more hands* Alright folks, I hate to break it to you, but the buffering is from a slow internet speed. Since you’re saving yourself tens of dollars every month by not having cable, spring for the boosted internet speeds.
If you’re still a cable-watcher like myself, I have good news for you too.
Harass Negotiate with your cable company to bundle all of your services together. We did that and were able to get our boosted Internet speed, cable and a land line (don’t even get me started on this) for a lower cost that what we would’ve paid for just the Internet and cable.
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Phone Cases with Warranties
We spend all kinds of crazy money on our smart phones these days. I’m always shocked to find how people can justify spending any money on flimsy cases that don’t protect squat. Smart phones these days cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to near a thousand (I’m looking at you iPhone X) – why would you pay an additional $50 for a protective phone case that has some kind of warranty. I’m incredibly partial to Otterbox phone cases, but let me tell you why. First of all, they have fabulous customer service, but second of all, they have a great product. All of their phone cases come with a lifetime warranty which means that anytime you get a crack or a tear on your phone case, you can request a replacement from their website (even if you bought it somewhere else). All it costs you is an additional $5 for shipping. I’ve already requested two replacements (yes, I’m particularly fond of dropping my phone) and love them just the same.
For my non-coffee drinking friends, this may seem frivolous. However, if you’re an avid coffee drinker like myself then you need to keep your eyes wide open. Coffee beans may be more expensive at the store, sometimes a whole $1-$2 more. When you translate those beans into actual coffee grinds and cups of joe, the bang for your buck is clear. I used to go through a bag of ground coffee every week and a half to two weeks. Now, I go through a container of coffee beans every three to four weeks. Plus, the coffee tastes significantly better when you grind it fresh yourself. Yes, this requires a coffee grinder, but you can find them pretty inexpensively at most stores. This is the one I’ve been using for months and love it.
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Quality Cleaning Supplies
How many times have you heard you should spend money on cleaning supplies? Before I had my own apartment, I didn’t hear it at all. Dollar store cleaning supplies may be tempting, especially if they’re name brand. Don’t be fooled, oftentimes the volume is much smaller than volumes available elsewhere. There is nothing more irritating to me than spending money on something that blatantly doesn’t work. I recommend spending a few extra bucks on quality cleaning supplies that you are confident will get the job done. Kudos, if you can buy concentrated products because you will get more bang for your buck in the long run. While cleaning supplies are a very un-fun way to spend any money, the small investment will pay off in the long-run when you don’t have to break a sweat dusting the cabinet. I recently purchased this wood cleaner (bonus it’s all natural) and love it. It smells great, gets the job done and is going to last me a long time.
What are some things you think are worth the investment?