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Dave LOVES a bargain…and for that matter, Jen does, too!

There ARE some times, though, when paying LESS means paying MORE in the long run.

Here’s Business Insider’s list of the things you should open your pursestrings for:

Cookware  Cheap pots and pans don’t last, and they don’t cook well.  You might pay several times as much for expensive pots, but they’ll last forever.

Car maintenance  Cars break down a lot earlier if you don’t take care of them.  You can save thousands a year by making a car last longer, and you can also sell it for more later, if you can show you’ve done all the recommended maintenance.

Furniture  Solid wood furniture lasts just about forever.

Knives  The cheap ones lose their edge right away.  Quality knives stay sharp longer, and you can keep sharpening them for a lifetime.

Hair conditioner  Cheap shampoo is fine but cheap conditioner can be worse than none at all.

Shoes  Quality shoes pay for themselves by lasting longer.  Cheap shoes can be EXTREMELY expensive if they cause foot problems because they don’t fit well.

Paint  Cheap paint doesn’t cover as well, so you end up using two coats.  Two gallons of cheap paint cost more than one gallon of good paint and it takes more than twice as long to put on two coats, because you’ll wait for the first coat to dry.

Clothing  If you’re dressing for fashion, you can wear anything, because you only need it to last for a few months.  For classic stuff like hoodies and sport coats, spend more and keep it as long as possible.

Exterior housing materials  Siding, shingles, paint and windows should all be high quality.

Blenders  You can get any old blender for $15 but the blades and the motor won’t last, especially if you’re into smoothies or frozen margaritas (and we ARE!).

Children’s toys  Wooden blocks and durable toys like Legos will actually be around long enough for your kids to outgrow them.

Bed sheets  The cheap ones get uncomfortable after a few washes and lose their color quickly.

Energy efficiency upgrades  Pay more for good windows and modern appliances.  They’ll pay for themselves in savings on your utility bill within a few years, and they’ll last for 15 years or more.

“Cents”-ible advice!

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