Don’t Cheat Yourself: 15 Things That Are Worth Splurging On

July 17, 2015  |  
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Smart shopping is an art form. But it doesn’t always mean looking for the cheapest price. Even master bargain hunters have to know when spending a little more can do a lot for your quality of life.

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Your Mattress

You sleep on it every night of the week. And while Ikea prices are great for a starter apartment, invest in a good mattress when you can afford it.

You’ll spend between $1,000 and $3,000 for a decent one, but you’ll get a better night’s sleep and save your neck and back a lot of discomfort.

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Your Bra

Between the fitting and the final purchase, a good bra can run you between $40 to $100. But that money can make you look thinner, prevent back pain, and make your clothes fit a lot better. Not to mention the great support.

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Good Kitchen Knives

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a quality set of knives is a must. They’ll cut down on the time you spend in the kitchen, last a long time, and even replace some of your other kitchen appliances.

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A Nonstop Flight

Before you opt for three layovers for the cheapest flight, make sure you’re factoring in all of the costs: pay-by-the-hour Wi-Fi, overpriced airport food, less time on your vacation, and more chances that your bag will be lost.

If the difference is just a matter of a few bucks, know that the comfort of a direct flight can more than pay for itself.

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A Good Pair Of Shoes

They will make you feel amazing and upgrade the rest of your outfit.

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A Great Bag

With a great bag and a fabulous pair of shoes, you can bargain shop the rest of your wardrobe and still look like a million dollars.

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Leather Boots

A quality pair of boots may be expensive, but they’ll last you a very long time. Compare that to buying a new pair of pleather boots every time the salt eats them and it’s no contest.

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A Great Coffee Pot

A Keurig will cost you a pretty penny, but it will be cheaper than going to Starbucks every morning. And with the variety of flavors and two second brewing time you get with one of these machines, you won’t want to.

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A Beautiful Coat

This wardrobe staple is the perfect opportunity to get a coat that doubles as a statement piece that will upgrade your entire wardrobe.

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An Electric Toothbrush

Dentists say this investment will save you a lot of future dental bills (and your mouth will feel cleaner than it ever has).

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Good Hair

It looks better and lasts longer. Especially if you get your hair done in a salon. Doing your own hair saves money, but getting your hair done by a professional makes a world of difference.

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Quality Tires

Because they last longer, you’ll save money in the long run. And they’ll give you more traction that will make you feel safer on the road.

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Great Olive Oil

Because the cheap stuff might not be olive oil at all (which means you get none of the health benefits). And the great stuff tastes like it’s $30 a bottle. Have it raw, drizzled over your favorite snacks and you’ll never go back to the bargain bottles again.

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High-Quality Foundation

You can skimp on mascara, blush, and lipstick, but cheap foundation (if you can find it in your shade) will give you coverage problems and even skin problems down the road.

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Organic Produce

Anything with a peel isn’t worth the expense. But you should always buy these 12 fruits and vegetables organic to avoid eating pesticide residue.

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Toilet Paper

Because a thin roll of one-ply toilet paper is just cruel. Never skimp on this stuff.

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