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When It Makes Sense to Buy Quality Instead of Saving Money
Homeowners are very familiar with the idea of sticking to a budget since most people need to save their money and use it strategically to buy their house in the first place. To have the money needed for your down payment, you’ve probably sacrificed a few dinners out and maybe even a vacation or two in order to keep your budget on-track. The sacrifices require a lot of self-discipline and can end up being draining, so when you finally move into your house, you might want to loosen up your funds a bit. Perhaps even splurge a little on home furnishings. The questions is, when do you splurge and when do you continue to budget? To show you how to choose quality over quantity, my blogging buddy Kacey is back to help you make smart decisions.
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At times, that can be a good thing to do. It’s nice to have fun and splurge every once and a while, but as a new homeowner, you’re having to make bigger purchases than before. It can lead you to wonder, what should you spend more money on and what should be a bargain buy? The truth is that this is different for everyone, but you can put all your potential purchases up against the same system of questions.
How long will you need your purchase for? How much will you be using it? Thinking about these questions and the potential reality of having to fix your purchase once it breaks will help you decide how much to spend. Read up on some things that make sense to buy quality instead of saving money. You’ll quickly realize what’s right for you and end up with a purchase that makes both you and your wallet happy.
When You’re Buying a Mattress
Mattresses can be found anywhere from stores to online to yard sales. Where should you buy yours? Mattresses are supposed to last between seven to ten years, which means that buying one that’s good quality is the smart option. Cheap mattresses will fall flat and lumpy quickly, and you’ll end up spending twice as much as you originally intended to because you need to replace it.
When You Need Floors Redone
Some houses just don’t come with the right flooring, so you may need to get them redone in order to make your home feel complete. This is a major project, so prepare yourself for sticker shock. The important thing to know is that you want good quality floors put in by the best professionals so you can avoid buckling and poor bonding between materials. Always research the kind of flooring you want to install and read reviews on the company you’re thinking about trusting the job to.
When You’re Furniture Shopping
Some furniture is meant to last while other pieces are not. Things like chairs might be replaced depending on the time of year or what style you’re into, but larger items like couches and tables are meant to be something you invest in for the long run. While you’re out furniture shopping, ask the right questions so you get the best products, and rest easy knowing that your money has gone into something that will be worth your time and cash.
However, it had the perfect bones for what I needed in a new bar cart in my home.
Cleaning the inside of your home is going to become routine if it hasn’t already. Cleaning the outside of your home is probably an entirely different story. Homes that have plastic or brick siding may need to be cleaned every few years, which means you need to rent or buy a power washer. This is something that you can’t compromise on for your budget’s sake so check out how much you should pay for a pressure washer to get the job done right the first time around.
If You’re Building onto Your Home
You may have been in your home for a while and find that life would be much easier if you added on an extra garage or bedroom. Even though the project may seem small to you because you’re not building an entire home, you should still put your money towards a quality company. It’ll be better for you to wait that extra amount of time for them to get the job done than have it done quickly but poorly.
When You Purchase a Lawn Mower
Lawn mowers are another investment that every homeowner ends up making at one point or another. Which one you purchase will depend on what kind of yard you have and what terrain you’re on, but go into the purchase willing to shell out a few extra bucks. Cheap lawn mowers will only cause problems that cost more than the actual mower, so invest in a good mower and you’ll be set for the years to come.
After living on a budget, it’s hard to spend a ton of money on a single purchase. You’re used to making each dollar stretch, but that’s not always in your best interest. Sometimes you’ll need to buy something with better quality than you’re used to because it’s cheaper in the long run. Know what to put your money into and you’ll be able to make each big future purchase with confidence.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!
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