Ten things worth splurging on
The old expression, 'you get what you pay for,' isn't always true. But for these ten goods and services, it is.
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While off-brand electronics may work fine at first, they won’t last as long or come with as good of a warranty as many name-brand electronics. Fortunately, electronics retailers love having sales and the Internet is full of bargains. Often, you can find high-quality electronics on sale cheaper than the regular price of lesser-quality ones. For deals, check out our deals page, as well as:
8. Pet Care
Giving your pets the right food and medicine can greatly extend their life. And if you’re like me, you get joy from treating your pup with the pricey doggie jerky every once in a while.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t save some money on the better-quality stuff. You can find deals on everything from organic dog food (it has a higher meat count than the commercial stuff) or flea medications. Check out "9 Sites for Saving Money on Pet Supplies" and "6 Tips to Save on Pet Medical Expenses."
Energy Star-certified appliances typically cost more up front, but they’ll save you on utility bills for years (or even decades). But there are several ways to get a great deal on high-efficiency appliances – like buying floor models or shopping during the big sale seasons (in the fall). Check out "9 Tips to Save on Appliance Purchases for more ways to save."
10. Home improvements
Done right, home improvements can raise the value of your house. Done wrong, you’ll end up paying more to repair the shoddy work. It pays to hire the right contractor and buy good materials.
But you can still save some money. For example, revamping what you already have, doing small jobs yourself, and visiting building supply auctions can save you hundreds. Check out "23 Ways to Lower the Cost of Home Improvement" for more tips.
That’s our list of things when quality can potentially trump price. But what about you? Are there things you’re willing to pay extra for, or do you always try to find the lowest price on everything you buy? Sound off on our Facebook page!
Angela Colley is a writer for Money Talks News, a consumer/personal finance TV news feature that airs in about 80 cities as well as around the Web. This column first appeared in Money Talks News.