I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for doing things on the cheap. Saving money. Being fiercely frugal. But the truth is, I’m not. Well … I am good with money and like to do things myself when I can, but I don’t go through life surrounding by only cheap stuff. That would be gross.
So I spend money when I have to and save where I can. The result is a life and a house that’s fun, practical and extravagant all at the same time. What you decide to spend versus save on is up to your individual preferences but I have a few suggestions. These are 3 of the things I think you shouldn’t cheap out on.
A Good Mattress
Who doesn’t love sleeping? I love it so much I sometimes wake up and think to myself “Ohhhh … I’m so happy to be sleeping … I’m so comfortable I could cry”. Clearly I love my mattress. About 12 years ago I bought my mattress and spent every penny I could on it. I forget what it cost now but with the box spring it was close to $2,000 and I’ve never regretted a second of it. It’s getting to be time for another one and I plan on throwing money to the wind again. A good mattress is more comfortable, better for your body, allows better sleep and doesn’t need to be replaced as often. And a mattress really does have a limited number of years on it. Even if your mattress isn’t worn out doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be replaced. The mattress may not have changed, but chances are you did. 10 years ago when you bought your mattress your body might have been O.K. with a soft mattress. Now you feel better on a harder one. Or vice versa. So don’t let a nice looking 10 year old mattress fool you. If you’re uncomfortable in your bed or wake up sore … no matter what it looks like … it’s time for a new mattress.
Select Articles of Clothing
I pulled out a sweater to wear the other day. It was the one I wore for the Will They Eat it video as a matter of fact. It’s a big black cardigan that does up with huge kilt pins. When I took it out I thought, I can’t believe how many years I’ve been wearing this sweater. It’s from a smallish Canadian department store called Holt Renfrew. The equivalent of Bergdorf Goodman’s in the States I suppose, or Harrods in London. It probably cost around $300 – $350. Something like that. If you did a cost analysis of (how many times I’ve worn it X how good it makes me feel) ÷ COST, you’d see it was actually a bargain.
You’re better off buying one really good thing, than 5 cheap things when you can. So my wardrobe is made up of a few really good sweaters, jeans, boots and coats interspersed with stuff from Old Navy, the Gap and Joe Fresh. The expensive stuff I keep for years and it never goes out of style. Spend money on classic or avant garde pieces that don’t go out of style. Don’t pay a lot for trendy stuff that’ll only be worn for one or two seasons.
An Expensive Tube of Lipstick
I’ve had my make up done enough times by enough professional makeup artists that I’ve learned a thing or two about makeup. Nothing about applying it of course … I’m pretty hopeless where that’s concerned, but I have learned a LOT about what products are the best and they’re not always the most expensive ones. So my makeup kit is made up of random bits and pieces of different lines of mainly drugstore makeup.
BUT … I always own a Chanel or Dior lipstick or lipgloss. I think a Chanel lipstick is around $45. It just plain makes me feel good to have it. I feel good putting it on, I get a thrill just opening it up. The packaging is nicer, it feels better and it smells better. It even makes a nicer sound when you click it closed. The colour is about the same, lasts the same amount of time, but there’s just a certain feeling of pleasure you get from owning something extravagant and beautifully packaged, even if it’s only a lipgloss. For you it might be expensive perfume. Or body lotion. Whatever it is, to have something that makes you feel special (and let’s face it …companies like Chanel and Dior are marketed for exactly that purpose) is worth every penny.
Lipstick and perfume (or a really nice aftershave/cologne if you’re a guy) are the perfect things to splurge on because they stay with you all day long to remind you of how truly special you are as you clean up cat barf, get talked down to by your boss, fold the laundry, wait in line at the grocery store, and get cut off by a hormone with legs in his mom’s car .
Yup. You’re special.