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The following post was featured in a blog swap in November 2011 at My Personal Finance Journey. Now, that I have many more readers and much better exposure, I decided to publish it on my blog.
I am a spender. But even big spenders like me have their limits. Sometimes I decide to make an effort to be frugal and save money. I compare different web sites that provide Internet services, cell phone plans, and, sometimes, like a real nerd I browse sites that compare electricity prices.
Yes, I start looking for bargains. I have to admit that my biggest mistakes were caused by me trying to save a buck or two on things that should not be settled for because of the price. Believe me or not, sometimes expensive means quality, style and comfort and cheap means … crap. In the end, my attempts to save money cost me more.
I am not telling you to follow my excessive shopping habits and go shed unreasonable amounts of money on stuff. Think for yourself and be smart about your spending. But I would advise to not look for bargains when it comes to the following:
My hair defines me. It gives me style and a distinct look. I never let anyone cut my hair using a razor, but for some unexplainable reason, hairstylists in cheap parlors are obsessed with razors. Maybe scissors are too expensive. Maybe they like to slice and dice people’s hair. I don’t care! I ran away from them a long time ago and never looked back.
I settle for expensive salons for one reason only: I get what I pay for. In the end, I am not paying twice: once for a cheap color and cut, and later, for an expensive salon hairstylist who desperately tries to fix my mullet like, razor shaped haircut. I save money by choosing to pay more.
Shoes are not all about the looks. I am a shoe snob who doesn’t believe in striking a balance between comfort, quality and affordability with cheap footwear. Every time I go for a low price and breathtaking looks, I end up in pain, misery and with a health issue.
I walk a lot during the day and if I don’t get the appropriate support, my feet and my back hurt. I don’t want to be in pain every day. Do you? I consider shoes one of the best investments we can make. Good quality shoes won’t bring you any monetary gain. However, they will definitely benefit your health. Is there a better investment other than investing in your health?
I love to sleep. I love to rest. Preferably in the comfort of my big bed. Most of our waking hours are spent either flying above the pavement in our expensive and comfortable shoes (see above) or sleeping in our beds. I always ask myself how much is a good night’s rest worth to me. Believe me, it is worth a lot! In fact, a good night’s sleep is priceless.
Clothing For Work
This is very simple. If you work in a professional environment, do not settle for bargains and sales when choosing a suit for the following reasons:
- you will look cheap in substandard quality fabric
- you won’t look professional
- you won’t look sophisticated
Remember, a saying “Dress to impress?” It applies in the office, especially if you want to move up the ladder one day. Invest in your professional looks. It will pay off, trust me.