There are tons of things that I’m happy to pay full price for. I have very expensive tastes when it comes to certain things; like beauty products, cameras, and tailored clothing. There is value to many higher end products, and while it took me a while to figure that out, I have found things that I can’t live without.
I only use Clinique products for my face. Yes, they cost a lot more than the normal drugstore products, but the peace of mind that I get by knowing that my skin won’t react is worth it to me. I also recently mentioned my love for the Mia 2. An investment that’s worth every penny for everyone.
Besides beauty products I also am a firm investor in running shoes, and soccer cleats. Seeing as my cleats normally last 4 seasons or so, I’m happy to pay the extra $50 to get shoes that fit well on the field.
That being said, there are tons of stuff that I refuse to pay full price for. I mean why would you do that if you’re able get a deal with a little bit of research.
Hotel fees are something that we can’t get away from when we travel, but it doesn’t always have to a 5 Star joint. Think about how much time you really spend in your room. Do you really need a suite? Options like Airbnb are great ways to save money, but if you do need/want to stay in a hotel, check out Hotwire or Priceline first! Chances are that you’re save money without even trying hard!
Glasses have become statement pieces that last few years, and people are starting to wear them even if they don’t have a prescription. The problem is that designer glasses are rather expensive and most insurance plans only cover 1 pair every 2 years. If you’re like me, and want multiple pairs, make sure you add SCLO to your list of online stores for great deals on glasses. I love the fact that they ship internationally. I have all but given up going to the optician to get my glasses as I know how much I can save by shopping online (Sidenote: I save 40% or more by buying my contacts online).
I want to let you in on a secret. Most laptops have the same guts inside, and what you’re mostly paying for is the name brand. Making a laundry list of what you need your laptop for is a great way to narrow down the list of options in front of you. If you’re only going to be browsing and using it for word processing, then you don’t really need a huge hard drive. Alternatively, if you’re planning on downloading a ton, then a laptop with a bigger hard drive is what you’re looking for. I know this is coming from the girl who splurged on MacBook Air, but part of the reason I purchased that was ease of use, and the fact that I got a deal on it. Back to school season is a great time to pick one up, with Boxing Day coming in a close second.
Kick yourself if you’re still paying banking fees! There are tons of options for free bank account options out there, and all it takes to find them is a little research. Options like ING are easily available to everyone.