I am all about saving every penny I possibly can, but there are some items that I DON’T bargain shop on, and they actually save me money in the long run. That may seem counterproductive to our financial goals, but let me explain.
I didn’t have dental insurance for several years, so I only went to the dentist when something hurt. When I got married and was finally insured, I needed a major cleaning. There were a few areas on my gums they were concerned about, and it looked like laser treatments would be inevitable. The dentist suggested that I purchase a professional electric toothbrush, floss, and use a special mouthwash for 6 weeks and come back and see how things looked. Six weeks later my gums were completely healthy, and I ended up saving thousands of dollars on painful laser surgery. I purchased the toothbrush from my dentist, which was actually cheaper than anywhere else. I ended up spending about $100, and I buy replacement heads from Amazon for about $6 each. My husband also uses it, with his own toothbrush head of course. 🙂
2. High Quality Dog Food
When we got our dogs and I started researching various kinds of dog foods, I was shocked to learn what a huge quality difference there is in the different brands and kinds. Many brands are basically ground-up road kill with a bunch of cheap corn filler. Poor quality food can cause allergies, shorten life span, and cause liver and kidney damage. When I took on dog ownership, I knew that there would be expenses involved, and I will not risk their health to save a few dollars on food. I order their food from Amazon subscribe and save, which saves my 15% and is shipped to my door for free. Since switching to a higher quality food we haven’t had any vet visits, and one dog was able to get off of her allergy medication.
3. Essential Oils
I have posted many times about Young living essential oils. They are definitely not cheap, but this is an area that I find money for because the benefits to my family far outweigh the cost. We have not had one doctor visit, and accompanying copay, since we started using oils. We have successfully treated many symptoms at home, and my daughter has been able to slowly wean off of her ADHD and anxiety medicines. I dedicate the money I make from Young Living and my freelance writing to purchasing oils because they are THAT important to me.
Now! I am not talking about a pair of flip flops to wear poolside! but for the shoes that my family wears daily I am willing to spend some extra money. I am a hairstylist, and although I work part time, the days I work I am on my feet 7-13 hours per day. It is essential for me to have good shoes so I can continue to even work in the industry. My work shoes typically need to be replaced every 6 months, although sometimes I can squeeze out an extra month or two with insoles. My husband has size 15 feet, so cheap shoes wouldn’t be an option for him even if we wanted to bargain shop. His size is so hard to find that he usually buys two pairs at a time.
5. Hair Care
A lot of this is probably the hair stylist in me, but we do not skimp on hair products. That doesn’t mean that everything we buy is from a salon because items like coconut oil play a major role in our hair care routine, but quality products will not only help make my color last longer, they result in a healthier head of hair that requires less-frequent trimming, and is easier to style. I plan to transition our family to Young Living’s shampoo because of the harsh chemicals in even salon brands. Quality shampoo and conditioner is up to 80% more concentrated than “over the counter” brands you will find at Target and Walmart, so a bottle will go a lot farther.
Are there items that you refuse to bargain shop on? Do they save you money in the long run? Let me know in the comments!