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Don’t get me wrong, I am all for saving money when shopping. However, through trial and error I have learned that there are some things you don’t need to save money on. If you do, you aren’t saving money for real because the consequences of doing so cost you so much more. Therefore, today I decided to share with you some of the items that I have found I should never skimp on when trying to save money.
In my state we get coupon books each week in the mail that have what “appear” to be “good deals”, so one week I decided to switch from my BIC disposable razors and go for a store brand that they had a Family Dollar – bad idea. Immediately, I could distinguish the lack in quality, blade sharpness, and performance. This isn’t the first time that I have switched brands to try to save a few dollars and it has ended badly either. Therefore, I can highly suggest sticking to the razor brand that works for you and not trying a new brand to save a few bucks.
In the end, you will pay for the new brand and still have to kick out more money for the brand that you trust.
Sometimes trying out new soaps for myself and the kids has been a success. However, I have sensitive skin and two of my boys have eczema so trying new stuff can be very wasteful – money wise. I have went with deals that I have seen online for soap that I have seen on sale and it was a total waste of money. It causes me to itch and then when trying stuff for the kids it caused their eczema to flare up. So, guess what, I wasted money after paying for the “discounted soap” and then having to purchase a brand that I trust.
If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, stick to what you know regardless of how enticing other brands deals may sound.
We all have our favorite scents. Personally, I prefer scents from Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. I have tried to branch out and shop the deals, but I often find myself disappointed. I have tried Avon and other companies over the years and it is like playing the lottery (when shopping online at least). The scents can have great reviews (companies pay for positive reviews on retail sites) yet when it arrives it smells like crap.
Again, stick with what you know so you avoid disappointment and not saving money.
Unless you are fine with thin sheets of toilet paper, by all means go for whatever is on sale if you are, avoid toilet tissue sales from unfamiliar brands. Charmin works for me and a few other brands, but anything else doesn’t work for me. Have you noticed that the brands that are the cheapest are thin? This requires that you use more toilet paper than normal (this adds up and amounts to what you would spend if you went with the higher priced brand from the start) and it is not comfortable to use in general.
Overall, my point is if you have a brand that you have been loyal to for years, stick to them. You will save more money in the long run by doing so. They meet your needs and expectations and will continue to do so. Switching will only cost you more money in the end as you already have expectations set. While sometimes switching to a new brand can be good, as the old saying goes – “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it” – if you are happy with the brand keep it!
Have you ever found that your attempt at saving money on something cost you more money in the end?