Thursday, March 12, 2009
Thrifty Thursday: When Cheap Actually Costs More
While traveling along this journey towards thriftiness I have realized that there are some items for which spending less has actually ended up costing me more.
Yep. Quality does indeed trump a cheap price when the item in question fails to perform well, thus resulting in a big 'ole waste of money.
So, I thought I would take today's post to list a few items for which I would rather pay more simply because they out perform their cheaper alternative's.
My children love, love, love, Ritz crackers. Harper develops recipe's with them. Zane eats them every day.
We have tried the store brands of imitation Ritz crackers. They are certainly less expensive. Almost $1.50 cheaper. But, they are also a crumbly mess. They can not withstand the salsa and cheese and nuking that my daughter does to create her Ritz cracker pizza's. Heck, they can hardly withstand the trip from the shelf, to the belt, to the bag, to the car, to the kitchen.
Several times, enticed by the cheaper price, I have purchased Target's brand of "Ritz" crackers. I am disappointed every time and end up chucking one entire roll of what should be crackers that are actually in one piece. Sure, I could keep them to sprinkle on soup, but honestly, I don't eat the stuff. The funny thing is, I've done this again and again and again - tempted by the price - only to be frustrated with the quality.
And the crumbled one's just make the kids sad. We've had entire boxes come home crushed. And who really wants to waste the time and gas to drive back to Target to return a box of crackers? Doesn't it make sense to just purchase the better brand?
The imitation just doesn't stand the test.
Nutella is the nectar that gets my son to eat his vegetables and 100% whole wheat, fleck included, breads and bagels, and fruit. He's just not a nutritious eater, but dab a little Nutella on the plate and every vegetable disappears.
I've tried the store brands. Zane has tried the store brands. He won't eat them. How has that saved me any money?
They just don't spread well. They just aren't creamy.
They just aren't the friend I call Nutella.
Ok, this one is for the ladies.
Ladies, forgive me for sounding like Oprah here, but PLEASE purchase a quality bra to hold up the ta-ta's. Seriously, ladies, unless you are a A or B, a $9.99 bra ain't gonna do it. I can't stand watching women walk around with their girls hanging down by their belts, or their shoulder's hunched forward due to extra frontal weight that isn't being properly supported. These situations just are not necessary if one has the right equipment. Yes, in my case, bra's are pieces of equipment.
If you don't think I'm qualified to speak on this subject, take a good look at me . . . ahem, I know what I'm talking about.
THREE YEARS AGO I purchased two bras for almost $60 a piece. Ouch! Right? Well, think again. That was THREE YEARS AGO. I had a proper bra fitting at Nordstrom's, and then INVESTED in two that I wear every week. Every week! I haven't bought a new bra since that visit.
I wash them in a lingerie bag to keep their shape, I hang them up to dry, and I've even had a tiny rip repaired.
When the time comes, I will invest that amount again. And again. And again.
Mary Kay - yeah, I know. Enough with the Mary Kay!
I don't really need to write anymore about this, except to say that the Mary Kay brand is not the least expensive brand out there. I've never said it was inexpensive. However, it's certainly not the most expensive either.
Priced higher than drugstore brands, (although have you seen the number of skin care lines they now carry at CVS? There are like a trillion of them along the wall as you enter the store and they are priced pretty darn high for a drug store), but less than the department store brands, Mary Kay falls right in the middle.
I'll continue paying for the stuff.
In the past, I found that some cheaper brands just didn't have the staying power - more product was needed to get the desired result, (both in terms of skin care and color), resulting in having to repurchase items more frequently. Plus, not all stores guarantee that a product can be returned for a full refund once used - many will just offer store credit.
So, that's that. Not a very full list - just a smattering.
Ritz, Nutella, Bra's, and MK. A crazy list to be sure.
Are there items that you are willing to pay more for even though a less expensive alternative is available?