By James Manning
It is good to spend wisely and be frugal when necessary. There is no point in paying top dollar for everything. Generic food, in many cases, is just as good as the name brand. Unless you’re an audiophile or a tech geek, there is no reason to spend top dollar for electronics or computers when mid-grade models will suffice. When you don’t care enough to notice the difference, go for the savings.
But there are things where it is absolutely worth spending the extra money. When the money you save is lost in the disappointment of the experience, that means you should have opted for the upgrade. With that said, allow me to educate you on several things where you will be glad you spent the extra money.
There is nothing wrong with a budget hotel when you’re going to a family reunion with the kids or just using it as a stopping point on the way to your destination. But if you’re a business traveler or planning a nice vacation, there is a significant difference in a low budget hotel and five-star accommodation. The smart traveler starts the planning on travel websites looking for deals. Trust me when I say, paying $200 per night for a great hotel room that generally goes for $350 a night is a better deal than paying $69 a night for a roach motel.
I’m a Ribeye man. In fact, I love all cuts of steaks. Now, I don’t want to disparage any particular establishment, but I will say that ordering a steak at a certain lobster place is a far different experience than a steak at David Burke’s Primehouse. It’s not something you’ll do every week, but when the time arises, spend the extra money on a great steak and leave the cheap cuts for people who show up empty handed at your backyard barbecue.
It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties that I experienced a quality pillow. That is the same time I upgraded to more expensive hotels so there is a correlation there. Your neck will thank you for it.
Along with that pillow is the mattress. Several years ago I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and needed to furnish an apartment. There are several things I purchased at Wal-mart and Target, but when it came to the bed, I decided to splurge a little. Wow… was that a great move. Between the great pillow and the perfect mattress, I slept wonderfully. Going back to the hotel; a sign of a great hotel is a great bed. We spend a good portion of our lives in bed… a great mattress is a worthy investment.
The job is made easier with the right tools. And there is nothing worse than having a tool break in the middle of a project. It’s just better to spend the money on the good stuff. Now, this may not be something to those that just need a couple of screwdrivers and pliers around the house. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer weekend warrior, you must treat yourself to the right tools. By the way, it is perfectly fine to purchase expensive tools even if you have no idea what they do or when you’ll ever need them. Just being able to say you have one is worth the price.
Ask any nurse or construction worker if shoes matter. I’ll pick up a $10 pair of sandals for a day at the beach. However, if some real running, walking, or standing is in store, then I’m going with quality. There is always the debate on whether Jordan’s should cost $200 and if they’re even worth it. Well, if I’m a basketball player, I don’t think I would trust my ankles and knees with $30 kicks. Even with dress shoes there is a difference in the quality based on their price tag. I’m not sure at what range the difference in quality lessens, but for the Average Joe, $130 for a comfortable pair of dress shoes is actually a great buy.
Bottom Line: There are things that are worth the cost and you might as well pay for it.by