Even the most frugal shoppers need to be reminded that there’s more to a product than just its price. Here are five types of goods to which that message most applies.
Some low-cost household appliances are just as effective as their more expensive counterparts. Vacuum cleaners are not one of them.
“Vacuums cost more to fix than to purchase new so if you buy cheap, it will go under quickly and you'll find yourself back at the store for a new one,” says consumer-savings authority Andrea Woroch.
Woroch advises purchasing from names such as Oreck and Dyson, and purchasing with a credit card that offers some sort of buyer’s protection to avoid paying for an extended warranty.
You may have picked a pair of adorable plastic shoes for $5, but if they kill your feet and/or fall apart by the end of the week, that’s $5 down the drain.
Woroch suggests buyers spend more on shoes and boots and less on summer sandals and rain boots since the latter cannot be used across seasons.
When it comes to shoes, durability and comfort are key.
“Whether used for running, hiking or strutting into the next boardroom meeting, [shoes] are the center of daily comfort and will lead to healthier feet, joints, knees and back over time,” says Woroch.
Abiding by an all-organic diet can be tough on the wallet, but if you have the means to make even one change to better your health, nutritionist Mitzi Dulan suggests buying organic apples over conventional apples. The reason? Conventional apples are the No. 1 pesticide-containing fruit, according to a ranking by the Environmental Working Group.
Woroch says it’s worth investing in a “durable and well-built” mattress to ensure that you’re getting the best rest possible.
“It's always interesting to see that consumers aren't willing to spend extra money for a quality mattress when it's the household item that gets used the most and is crucial for a good night's rest and sleep!” she says.
With the average quality queen mattress at about $800, Woroch advises consumers to check FreeShipping.org’s ‘Best Time to Buy’ Guide for information on when they might get the best deal.
While splurging on fashionable apparel is usually a cost-savings no-no, investing in a “warm, durable winter coat” is advisable according to Woroch. Her advice:
“Opt for a coat that offers a classic, simple design and color (black or grey) that can transition into several winter season, like a pea coat. Of course, you don't have to pay full-price if you shopping during popular holidays sales events, end-of-season or apply coupons to cut the cost.”
Buying the cheapest variety of a product may make sense most of the time, but when it comes to these items, paying a little more could pay off in a big way. | By Lauren Covello