Subtitled: what do you feel is worth the cash?
Fadra has a terrific post up today, in which she discusses the difference between being cheap and frugal and she lists her top 10 things to worth paying for. I agree with some of hers 100000%, a few not at all, and some in between - and thought it'd be cool to make my own list. I dunno if I'll have ten though. And I welcome your thoughts and your own lists. Tomorrow I'm going to do Part II - things I don't think are worth the money.
Some Things That *I* Think You Should Not Scrimp On When Trying to Balance the Budget
- Your Hair - My husband and I argue this all the live long day. He gets a cheap Supercuts hair cut every three weeks. I spend a significantly higher amount on my hair. I pay to have it colored. He colors his own. I pay more for shampoo and sprays and such - and, well, you get the picture. I don't get good results when I cheap out on my hair. I've never been happy with a hair cut until my stylist I use now, and I love my color. So it's something I'm willing to spend on. And when I discovered the Aveda shampoo and conditioner that I can use to deposit color - thereby lengthening the time it takes my color to fade? Yes, please.
- Your Food - I know that lots of people have money issues, and this isn't a have vs have not situation or discussion. I know full well how tough it is it feed a group of people with not very much money - but instead of grabbing the box of hamburger helper, make your own casserole using fresh and in season ingredients. I've really become convicted that we all eat too much, we eat too poorly, and we eat too unhealthy. We aren't doing our kids any favors sending them to school with pop tarts in their bellies and doritoes and coke for lunch. Spend your money wisely and learn to cook from scratch. Your health will improve and it will taste better. <jumping down from soapbox>
- Shoes - I have Payless shoes. I have Target shoes. I wear them. Not often, and not for long periods of time, because they hurt my feet. The shoes I wear all the time? Clarks, Danskos, Born, and my runners for exercise. I look for sales and I even found a pair of Born's at a clothing swap. I have a pair of heels that I bought from Banana Republic (got a 60% for being a card holder) - and I can literally wear those heels all day. Those shoes I listed above? Have been going strong, in many cases, for years plural. Don't scrimp, especially, on your running shoes. It can mess up your gait, your hips, your back and knees. Go to your local running store, tell them you don't have much money and let them lead you to the best shoes.
- Coffee - This almost, almost, went on the next list. I'm not a fan of spending big bucks for coffee - I don't visit Starbucks and the like routinely. Right now, I love Cafe Du Monde - and it's $10 at my grocery. I'd pay that if I needed to - and I have, when I've been desperate - but the Asian Market sells it for $5.50. It's worth it to me. It's about the value to me.
- Your Skin Care - There's a lot to be said for using whatever skin care system works for you. Often, that can be the inexpensive stuff at the drugstore. Right now, and for the past three years, I've been a lover of Lush. I use the Coalface soap and the Tea Tree water - neither of which will break the bank. I don't think you need to spend a ton of money on soap (said the girl who would work for free at Lush just to try products all day long!) but it's certainly something that needs a bit of value.
- Bras - Please, please - for the love of God - if you have boobs at all, support them. Hold them up where they belong. Spend the time to get properly fitted at your local specialty store, and buy somethng that fits and holds you beautifully. ESPECIALLY if you exercise - please spend the money on a quality sports bra - and as much as I love Target and Victoria's Secret - they do not sell good sports bras. I happen to feel the same about underpants, btw - but not everyone feels this way or even understands why what holds your butt cheeks in matters. It does to me. I think every woman deserves to have pretty unders. :)
- My iPhone - So frivolous, but I use that sucker about 87404336 times a day. I tried a droid but just wasn't happy with it.
- Soap - I'm not talking $12 bars of soap - but my husband insists on buying the cheapest dish detergent and hand soap that he can find - and then wonders why a) his hands peel all winter long and b) if takes 27 times more dish soap to clean the dishes. I don't buy the most expensive stuff, but I do buy nicer bars and liquid and I'm pretty loyal to my Dawn, Cascade and Tide.
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Business to attend:
I've got several posts up at CafeMom for the Hallmark Parenting Positive Kids series that I'd love to have you (and comment on!)
And I'll have a post up on Easter and Passover Wednesday morning - if you wanted to get a jumpstart. Set a timer to remind yourself to read it, or add it to your calendar. :)
Over at Scrutiny, my review site, I'm talking about the best.running.skirt.EVER, a wonderful dress from a fantastic company, a super idea for a gift basket for Easter, four more days to enter to win $100, and a beta service that looks super promising for busy moms.