5 purchases you shouldn't skimp on
Sometimes, paying a little more is worth it -- and going for the biggest bargain may come with costs you hadn't anticipated.
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I've learned of three things:
1. mattress... to get a good nights sleep. $800 for ours 13 years ago, still going strong.
2. shoes... if your feet hurt, your back will start to hurt, and you will be miserable and unproductive. You can pay $30 for a pair of shoes that will last 3 months, or $90 for a pair that will last 3 years.
3. tires... we spent $400 on Michelin's for our 150,000 mile Geo Prizm. The tire dealer was bemused by it, since the car was worth about $800. But we had that car for 40,000 more miles, six years, and never bought tires again. Plus, physics doesn't care whether your car is worth $800 or $80,000, good ties makes you safe.
i think the notions are fine, but the application of those notions to be largely misplaced.
aaaaahhhh!!!! a WONDERFUL article about spend-spend-spend! yeah! let's hurry up and spend some more especially with christmas just about here!
let's not forget that SPENDING is the key to happiness!
Shoes are at the top of the list. That's why I like trail shoes and GoreTex Boots. I'm partial to New Balance trail shoes because they have a good fit, good cushioning, and last for years; the upper will rip apart from the sole before the tread wears out. And they're pretty easy to find for under $50 per pair.
A good pair of GoreTex boots is a must. If they're insulated, the Thinsulate keeps your feet warm while the GoreTex keeps your feet dry. There's nothing worse than cold, wet feet when you have no other options than to be out on foot.
Feet only come one pair per customer, so spend the money on them.
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