Saving and Investing are two of the most important things to me, but there are some things that are worth spending money on. Things that cost more upfront, but are worth it in the long run!
1. Bed related items: sheets, pillows, mattress, etc. You sleep for one-third of your entire life and how well you sleep often dictates how the rest of your day goes. Ultimately, your sleep impacts your entire life.
If you sleep well, you should have way more energy, get so much more done, and be more likely to have a positive attitude. Having a healthy sleep schedule should be one of your top priorities in life, so having nice pillows, sheets, & mattresses should be too!
2. Healthy groceries. Obviously sleep isn’t the only important aspect of your health, your diet is too. You may not want to spend extra money right now on healthy organic or plant-based foods, but if you decide to spend less to get the less healthy option, you will most likely have more health issues as you get older, which means more medical bills and limits on how you live your life.
Also organic and plant-based options are healthier for the planet. Less pesticides & chemicals are used and you will lessen your carbon footprint. If we tell companies we like organic and/or plant-based foods, they will make more which will make it more affordable. We need to keep voting with our dollar to let these corporations know, “Yes, we want more of this. There is a market for these kinds of products.”
3. Certain home improvement items. The items I’ve learned are worth it to spend more money on are: Cabinets, flooring, countertops, tubs/showers, paint (sometimes) and appliances. Buying something that isn’t cheaply made, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s brand new. This also doesn’t mean you need to buy the most expensive one you can find. It just means just don’t buy the cheapest, focus on the quality more.
If you buy cheap cabinets they are going to fall apart pretty quickly, especially if they’re in the bathroom where there is moisture. You don’t want to go through the hassle of gutting your kitchen or buying a new vanity base every 10 years. Spend more for expensive solid-wood cabinets that will last you 30 years. Same with buying stone countertops, rather than those ones that are wood wrapped in a plastic compound.
When it comes to flooring, it needs to be durable. Pets & children may be apart of your household too.
With tubs, showers, and appliances. You’ll know if it’s cheaply made or not. Just feel it. If it bends or warps easily, is made primarily of a flimsy plastic, or is lightweight, that’s how you know.
As for paint, it depends. If you would rather spend less but spend your weekend doing four to five coats of paint on a room, that’s your choice. Personally, from now on, I’d rather spend more money on good paint so I can just do 2 coats and be done.
4. Decent clothing, not fast fashion. Fast fashion is everywhere. It is cheaply made, bought, donated, then ends up in landfill. Then we repeat the cycle.
Rather than buying a cheap jacket from Target for $30 that will get worn out after 2 years of wearing it, maybe spend $100 on a good quality jacket that will last you 15+ years instead. Buying classic pieces or finding your own style rather than following trends majorly helps as well. Trends will constantly change and you will have to keep spending, spending, and spending attempting to keep up.
In conclusion, I hope this post will help you live a healthier and wealthier lifestyle. Choosing these practices will help you save thousands in the long run.
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