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Up until recently, if I needed to buy anything—anything at all—I immediately searched for the cheapest option. I arranged my search online from cheapest to priciest. I always checked yard sales and thrift stores first. All I was concerned with was that price tag. If anyone tried to upsell me on a more expensive item, I was convinced there was truly no benefit to it, and that they just wanted the commission. And while that last thing is often true, that doesn’t mean that the pricier item isn’t sometimes worth it. Going cheap upfront can mean having to replace an item over and over again, and eventually spending more money in the long run than you would have if you’d just bought the quality choice first. Going cheap can even have health repercussions. Here are items you should splurge on the better brand for.

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Sunglasses

Pay the extra for sunglasses that are polarized and have a high UV rating. If they don’t have a high UV rating, then UV rays will still get through, and you’ll still find fine lines around your eyes sooner than you want. If they aren’t polarized, then you’ll wind up squinting and, again, here come the crows feet. Five-dollar sunglasses just don’t have these qualities.

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