Just Spend The Extra $10! A Few Things You Shouldn’t Even Think About Going Cheap On

November 13, 2012 ‐ By

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I enjoy a good deal just like the next woman on a budget, but after living and learning the hard way I’ve come to accept that there are just some types of items where going cheap is just not going to get it. A lot of people have grown accustomed to asking for the generic versions of prescription medications at the pharmacy or comparing the ingredient list on a bottle of NyQuil and the drug store’s Nite Time, but going the bootleg, discount, get it for the low-low route on a lot of other things will end up costing you a whole more than you thought you saved.  Think it won’t? Check out this list of products it’s better to just spend the extra cash on.

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  • Erica Johnson

    Razors and bikini waxes… Don’t be cheap.

  • This article has a lot of fallacies. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) had to do with the material that a certain (defunct) brand of tampons used that was TOO absorbent. Also, things like deodorant all contain the same ingredient. It’s one thing you can scrimp on. Oddly enough, she cites the cheapest brands as OK to use.

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  • mac

    Nail polish! If you woulda asked me before, I’d tell you there’s no way in hell I’m paying $10 for nail polish but OPI made a believer outta me. What’s $2 nail polish if it chips the same day? lol smh

    Oh and let’s not forget body mods. With tattoos and piercings, you really and truly get what you paid for.

  • Beautyandbrains

    What about laundry detergent? I’ll spend the extra on Gain so that I can be positive my clothes are clean.

  • More importantly, who the hell still wears pads?

    • Nenah

      I do! Tampons make me cramp!

    • Tamz

      I do too. I can tolerate tampons but I’d rather be safe that sorry.

      • Tamz


      • mac

        Chile please. I’ll take TSS over spending the whole day worrying if my pad is staying in place, not overfull, and not bunched up, and if I’ll be washing blood stains out of my outfit when I get home.

        Okay, not really but still.

    • alisa williams

      Florita, you made me choke!!! KMSL!!

  • Chyna

    They forgot one important biggie – Weave!!! You don’t want 2 have a birds nest on your head after a fee days lol 😉

    • Chyna

      *few lol

    • mac

      Black women already drop rent payments on their hair anyway; i think it went without saying.

  • Cleo

    I like my special bras and panties so I don’t mind slurping, my little boobies need super padding lol

  • Nenah

    I think jelwrey is okay. You can get cute trendy costume jelwrey from anywhere. You don’t want to spend hella money on something that is going to be out of style in a month or two.

    • Trisha_B

      But then when it rains, the jewelry starts to tranish & change colors. You’ll probably end up spending more money down the road b/c you’ll have to buy new jewelry.

      • Nenah

        No. You can get costume jelwrey from all kinds of places. Places like Macy’s, Bebe, Nordstrom sell it. If you spend $100 on a pair of earrings that won’t be in style next season, you’re wasting money. Too many black folks spend hella money on rings and chains and diamond earrings and don’t have money in their savings.

        • Beautyandbrains

          Aldo sells decent jewelry that won’t tarnish immediately.

  • Miyo K.

    They were either quite good at what they did or she didn’t throughly check the packages before buying.

    • Tamz

      @MorningRain:disqus The young lady didn’t check the hair…that hair was BEAT.

  • thatonegirl

    Lotion and hair products have always been number one on my list. That winter ash is no joke.

  • Meyaka

    I don’t cut corners on any of these items ,ever but I do take the cheap road on dishsoap…

  • Na Na

    Dont put your bras in the dryer!!!!! Ever!!!!

  • Na Na

    Case In Point: the iMirror!

  • TiaCzarina

    Only wear Victorias Secret bras at 50$ a pop kinda pricey but it’s worth it. Cheap bras are a no no

    • afroveda

      I’m not necessarily full figured (meaning 14+) but I get mine from Lane Bryant. They’re not as pricey as VS.

      • TiaCzarina

        Lane Bryant and VS are the same compamy (limited brands )

      • Candacey Doris

        I get lane bryant bras as well. They last longer, though underwire is still a hassle.

      • Nenah

        Yeah, I’m a triple DDD so I have to pay money for bras. My sis is like a B cup so she gets pretty bras from anywhere.

    • Na Na

      And believe it or not Target actually has really good quality bras for about 20 dollars a piece.

    • SheBe

      The quality is not the same with the VS bras anymore. I wear Body and they are good but the basic cotton ones are horrible now!

    • Nenah

      VS bras are usually less than $50.

    • Hehe

      VS bras are made out of cheap materials. Your better off going to Nordstrom rack and buying discounted bras from brands like Walcoal and Cosabella

    • Beautyandbrains

      All my bras are VS bras but I never spend more than $30 on them. I stock up at the semi annual sales in January and June.. Been years since I bought a $50 one.

    • mac

      lol you do know you’re mostly paying for the name right?

  • Candacey Doris

    Makeup. While somethings can be bought cheap, the more expensive stuff lasts longer, doesn’t gum up, looks better, and doesn’t smell like sh*t.

    I have to ask though, why do you put your brassieres in the dryer? You know you’re killing them that way, right? Heat is no good for them. Line dry.

  • JustSaying_IMFO

    Overstock dot com. Nothing
    like 600 or 800 count sheets. For deodorant and pads, stock up when it
    goes on sale at Target. Amazon subscribe and save can be good sometimes

  • SheBe

    I agree with quite a few things on this list. It was interesting.

  • reallytho?

    DEAD @ iMirror!!!!!! hahaha! That woman had it coming though.

  • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

    I thought toxic shock syndrome came from improperly using tampons, not because the brand was generic or cheap.

    • knowitall

      You’re right it does…it has nothing to do with the brand…this “researcher” should do some research

      • appassionata

        She also needs to learn how to spell. The words are “brassiere” (not brazier) and “palate” (not pallet).

    • jh20121972

      Not only improper use but one may just be susceptible to TSS. It has nothing to do with cost.

    • mac

      i was also confused. You get it from leaving in a tampon for too long. Unless she was saying you shouldnt buy tampons. I don’t know. *walks out*