I like to pride myself on finding great deals, especially online. Paying full price for anything seems ridiculous, when there always seems to be a coupon or online code available for it. I’m not cheap; I’m frugal, frugal and proud!
I do usually find myself spending more on electronics, such as a computer or smartphone, but it’s because I believe that I should be willing to spend more on something that I use throughout the day, to ensure better quality and longevity of the product. For instance, for the first time in my life, I became an owner of an Apple product, when I purchased an iMac in early 2011. I don’t intend on buying another computer for myself until 2021, and that’s only if my iMac decides to go live with Steve Jobs in iHeaven.
I only allow myself to upgrade my mobile phone every two years, unless it has to be replaced immediately. I’d truly like to have an iPhone, just because I want to know what all the fuss is about, to see if it’s really the emperor of all smartphones, to compare it to my life with an Android smartphone. The main thing stopping me from purchasing one, is the cost. Sure, I can buy it today if I wanted to, but is it really worth it? Shouldn’t I just be happy that I have a functional smartphone with an unlimited everything plan with no contract? Believe me, I don’t want an iPhone because everyone else wants or owns one. I don’t believe in following the crowd. When Timberland boots were all the rage when I was in high school, I couldn’t care less about owning a pair. When tablets became popular, I hesitated to accept them, because I felt (and still feel) that having a desktop computer, laptop (that I barely use now), and smartphone are plenty to indulge in my digital world. While everyone still seems to go bananas for new expensive name brand clothing, I don’t mind buying some of my attire from a thrift shop (not because of Macklemore–I’ve been shopping at Goodwill!) and Target.
Since I’ve taken cooking more seriously, I ditched my old aluminum pans I’ve had since ’08 for some stainless steel cookware. I feel that the investment is worth it, if I’m gonna step my cooking game up. Pans I bought from Family Dollar aren’t going to make any of my acidic dishes reach their full flavor capabilities. Though I spent over $100 on my stainless steel cookware, it will provide me a lifetime of quality. So the packaging and care manual indicates.
I recently purchased the handbag pictured at the top of this post. I’ve never spent more than $30 on a purse, but I got tired of buying inexpensive handbags, only to have them start wearing out (mostly the part where the straps are attached to the purse) on me after roughly three months of six day a week use. I figured, what the heck, I’ll splurge on something unique that appears durable, and see what happens.
All in all, some things are worth investing in, and others or not. It all comes down to personal preferences, but one must also be practical, especially if you’re trying to live by your means.