The saying “buy it nice or buy it twice” is wise, especially regarding items you use often or that are essential to your lifestyle. When you buy a high-quality article, you can expect it to last longer and perform better than a cheaper alternative. This can save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace the item as often. A user asked on the forum, “What are some real-life examples of “buy it nice or buy it twice”?.”
Here are some responses he got!
EARPHONES OR HEADPHONES
“When I was a teenager, I bought a lot of cheap earphones, and they all sounded like crap and broke. Honestly, cheap Sony earphones don’t cost that much more, and they are much better in quality.”
“I went from my $100 mountain bike from 2007 to a slightly nicer road bike, which made a difference! A good bike goes a long way (pun intended).”
“The way I’ve heard it, buy it cheap the 1st time. If you need a second one, you’ll know it’s worth buying.”
“While you shouldn’t cheap out on kitchenware, it pays to check thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales first and know what you’re looking for. Yes, there’s a lot of dollar store / Walmart cheap crap there, but you can also find rival crockpots, Pyrex bakeware, Corning casserole dishes, and Tupperware. This original stuff lasts forever.”
“I was a chronic“ let’s spend $20 every year on a new cheap backpack” person. However, I decided to splurge on a Briggs and Riley backpack, and it has been amazing. I’ve used it for work and personal purposes, and travel. It even doubles my “personal item” when flying, and it can hold everything I need for 5-day trips if I strategize the room. Lifetime guarantee as well!.”
“Upholsterer here, you would be amazed at the trash being sold as “high end” lately.”
“If you spend much time on your feet, invest in good shoes. I’ve been wearing my 4-year-old boots daily, and the soles still look brand new.”
“I would say with a mattress, it’s better to buy it twice. I’ve spent many thousands on the best mattress I could find, and it was a torture rack in a few years, and they found every excuse you could imagine to ignore the extended warranty that I paid a lot of money for.”
“But I can get a Casper or some other foam bed from Costco for $600, especially when they go on a sale every 5-10 years, and sleep on a fresh new clean bed that doesn’t sag for most of my life, all for the cost of one overpriced Sealy ripoff.”
A QUALITY WINTER COAT
“I was given a Patagonia sweater that was too small for Christmas about ten years ago. When I went to exchange it, I bit the bullet and paid the difference to get one of the “sweater” down jackets. I always wear it, and it still looks brand new. It’s hot and one of my best items.”
DOUBLE EDGE RAZOR
“The blades are as cheap as chips when buying a full ‘tuck’ or 100 packs of blades. For less than $15, you can get over a year’s worth of shaves from your 100 blades.”
“This is my most minor favorite thing to rebuild—warped aluminum, degrading nonstick, etc. I’m down to a single nonstick skillet, and everything else is carbon steel, cast iron, or good stainless steel.”
“The cheap robot vacuums are NOT just as good. They’re dumb, little hockey pucks. Be prepared to spend at least $300+ for quality. It’s worth the money to save my back and time on cleaning.”
“To try watercolor painting, you can experiment with student-grade paint and brushes. But buy one big sheet of good quality paper, or you won’t know if you enjoy painting with this medium. A bad paper sheet will convince you you’re horrible at this style.”
MENSTRUAL CUP AND CLOTH PADS
“Cups can last 10+ years, and cloth pads 5-8 on average.”
“Your body/back will thank you for splurging on a nice chair.”
“Do your research or be prepared to buy again. Try to buy off-season and clearance.”
“A quality pair will come together precisely and be able to remove tiny splinters with less hassle and pain. Plus, good tweezers can serve many purposes. My best tweezers are not kept in the bathroom where they can be nabbed for some project and sprung.”
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