3 Things I Won’t Be Cheap About
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I’m in huge favor of being frugal, shopping around, and getting the best prices on things. However, there are many things I refuse to be cheap about. My husband and I both have safe cars, my kids have extremely safe car seats, and we live in a safe area that costs a lot more than other parts of New Jersey. Can you see a theme here?
As you can see, we’re completely obsessed with paying higher prices for our family to be safe, and we’ve always been this way, even when we were finding an apartment just for us (and our dog) when we lived out of the country. I believe it pays to spend more on these things and save money for said purchases by spending less on cheap cell phone plans and the like so we can have the necessary funds to be able to do so.
So, even though I love getting a deal, here are three things that I won’t go cheap on aside from our housing costs:
Baby Safety Items
Experienced parents will know this but I just recently learned that if you are in a car accident, you are supposed to buy new carseats even if the ones you’re using were not harmed in any way.
Sometimes car insurance from Geico will cover this and then you are left with your old ones. The problem comes in when dishonest people turn around and try to sell those old carseats on Craigslist. I am actually selling both of my infant carseats on Craigslist right now, and of course there are no issues with them. However, buyers wouldn’t have any way of knowing that.
So, if you want to get used baby stuff, especially safety items like carseats, get them from a family member or friend you trust and not a stranger.
There are certainly ways to save on appliances from buying floor models to keeping appliances that arrived dented and asking for a discount. It’s fine to buy basic models without all the bells and whistles, but I probably would not buy one from a garage sale if I didn’t know the owners.
People sometimes try to fix appliances on their own without calling in the professionals and that can lead to more issues and damages. I personally feel like it’s worth it to get them from reputable places so that if you do experience an issue, you can always call the store to get the proper repairs.
My husband and I just went through the process of hiring a part time nanny. I have tried several different things over the past year from having a mother’s helper in the afternoons to working all weekend at Starbucks while my husband watched the kids. All of these things still left me exhausted and unhappy with my work/life balance, so now we have an amazing person come twice a week during the day so I can make phone calls and act like I have a real job.
We spent weeks interviewing and trying to find the right person. We came close to hiring one person and then cancelled at the last minute due to a bad gut feeling I had. Eventually, we found the right person and paired with a gym daycare that I can use every day if I want, I feel like I have a lot more hours to work. Childcare is not cheap, and while I could hire the 13 year old down the street to watch my kids, I much prefer to have our well-educated, competent, and experienced nanny to take care of my two adorable tiny humans.
My husband has also taught me to pay a little more for quality clothes, winter items, and even better health care. (There’s a reason I chose not to have my kids in the Caribbean where I used to live!) It’s all been a process but even though I like to save, I’m much more willing to spend on quality when it makes sense to do so.
What are some things you refuse to be cheap about? What do you think about spending more on appliances, clothes or day care? What are you content to pay less for?
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