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When Cheap Costs More

Last post Fri, Dec 7 2012 2:57 PM by Brandy. 10 replies.
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  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 2:12 PM

    • Brandy
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    When Cheap Costs More

    Sometimes a cheaper item isn't worth buying because it doesn't last and you have to replace or repair it sooner than a more expensive option.

    What items have not been worth the initial savings to you?

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  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 2:35 PM In reply to

    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    First thing that comes to mind is clothing items. I only buy Levi brand jeans now instead of the cheaper brands cause they don't wear out as fast. I got real tired of having holes at the top of the back pockets all of the time. Also cheap t-shirts that the hem comes out after one washing.

    Riley
  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 3:32 PM In reply to

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    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    LifeofRiley:
    I only buy Levi brand jeans now instead of the cheaper brands cause they don't wear out as fast. I got real tired of having holes at the top of the back pockets all of the time. Also cheap t-shirts that the hem comes out after one washing.

    I find this to be true of children's clothes. Some brands that cost more last longer but if I watch sales and thrift stores, I can spend far less on better quality, sometimes less than a cheaper item.

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  • Wed, Nov 28 2012 4:39 PM In reply to

    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    I truly believe it's worth buying the best in quality that I can afford. Amazing how often really good quality stuff ends up in thrift stores.  AM
  • Wed, Dec 5 2012 11:18 AM In reply to

    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    No discount running shoes or Sears shoes of any kind. No cheapo mp3 players, power tools, car jacks, or hand lotion.
  • Thu, Dec 6 2012 4:42 PM In reply to

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    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    Anna Marie:
    Amazing how often really good quality stuff ends up in thrift stores.  AM

    That's when I pick some of it up. Cheap yet high quality.

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  • Thu, Dec 6 2012 7:00 PM In reply to

    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    I used to buy Walmart's Faded Glory brand jeans until I noticed how quickly they wear out. I mean, a few months? A year? Ridiculous! So I switched to Lee Riders. Still relatively inexpensive, a few dollars more than FG, but they wear like iron. I've got several pairs that I've had for over five years and they still look good.

    And y'all know how I feel about thrift stores and finding good quality there. LOL!

    "The business of life is the acquisition of memories." --Mr. Carson
  • Thu, Dec 6 2012 7:12 PM In reply to

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    I find this to be true on so many things. Many have mentioned clothes and I agree. I normally spend $40 on pants (on sale) for work and they last me years. I also like to buy nicer kitchen appliances/tools. I can buy a cheap Chefs knife and replace it every year or every other year, but I'd rather buy a nicer one and not have to worry about rust or loose handles or anything that makes my job harder. I think frugality isn't about spending the least amount, but about making the most of your dollars.
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  • Fri, Dec 7 2012 11:36 AM In reply to

    Re: When Cheap Costs More

    If you check, you may find that your Lees are made in North Alabama and not by near-slave labor outside the US.  I used to wear Lees back when I wore jeans and yes, they are tough and fit real live female hips better than their competitors.

  • Fri, Dec 7 2012 1:58 PM In reply to

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    littlepitcher:

    If you check, you may find that your Lees are made in North Alabama and not by near-slave labor outside the US.  I used to wear Lees back when I wore jeans and yes, they are tough and fit real live female hips better than their competitors.

    I just looked at a couple pairs of my jeans, and one pair was made in Mexico, the other in Haiti. :( Maybe some of the more expensive Lee jeans are made in the US, though. I think JC Penney and other mall stores carry them for about twice what Walmart charges. I can never really tell the difference, but maybe it's because the ones they sell are made in the US. I'll have to have a look next time I'm at the mall.
    "The business of life is the acquisition of memories." --Mr. Carson
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