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Posted on November 21, 2017

Everyday Items You Should Be Spending More Money On

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Realizing that price and quality don’t always equate is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. Companies try to get you to buy more expensive versions of products when the baseline model will do, and it hits you right where it hurts: your wallet.

That being said, there are plenty of places where you actually do get what you pay for, and your quality of life is taking an unnecessary hit. It may be worth adjusting your budget (just a little bit!) to allow for upgrades in a few areas:

A Great Pillow

You sleep on it every night, but you probably haven’t given it a second thought in years. At this point, it may almost be completely flattened from years of use. But why do you keep putting off a pillow upgrade or spending $10 on new pillows every couple of years? It’s probably because you don’t view pillows as a “fun” purchase. If you can save some money on the boring stuff, you can save up for that next vacation or fancy new watch you’ve been eying.

But think about it this way—how do you feel the day after a poor night’s sleep? It most likely affects your entire day and keeps you from running at 100%. And that nagging neck pain? That could also very well be due to sleeping on a poor pillow. Consider this: 84% of people who upgraded their pillow reported less frequent neck pain. Upgrade your pillow and your body will thank you.

Supportive Running Shoes

You’re living an active lifestyle, but your shoes didn’t get the memo. If you’re reaching for the same pair of ratty old shoes that you’ve been using for years to mow the lawn, it’s seriously time for an upgrade. Besides holding back your mile time, your running shoes may actually be leaving you at risk for a multitude of injuries. Running is a high-impact sport, and you need shoes that will help cushion the blows to keep you out on the treadmill.

Affordable running shoes are probably cheaper than you think, too. You don’t have to go out and spend a couple hundred dollars to get a high quality running shoe when plenty of affordable options exist. As an added bonus, why not get something that upgrades your style at the same time? Killing two birds with one stone is certainly frugal and absolutely worth the extra $20.

Headphones

If you listen to music every day, you need a good pair of headphones—there’s no two ways about it. There’s no sense in listening to your favorite music in terrible quality day in and day out. Besides the enjoyment you’ll undoubtedly get from the increase in sound quality, you may be hurting your eardrums.

The shrill, loud sound emanating from low-quality headphones certainly has the potential to damage your ears, especially on higher volumes. Plus, a lot of cheap headphone don’t fit in your ear well and cause unnecessary pain in that way, too. Next time you’re at the store, splurge a little on some $100 headphones and hear the difference.

An Electric Toothbrush

Out of all of the items on this list, an electric toothbrush is probably the least exciting and flashy item. But there’s a reason your dentist keeps nagging you to spend good money on one: it’s much, much better for your oral health. In just 3 months,  electric toothbrushes reduce plaque by 21% and gingivitis by 11%.

Electric toothbrushes are key to proper dental hygiene, so that means it’s time to throw out your old manual toothbrush and upgrade. A lot of electric toothbrushes are loaded with features including timers and different vibration settings, too! While it won’t have you running home to brush your teeth every day, it will leave your mouth in much better shape.

High-Quality Stainless Steel Knives

If you cook with any regularity, stainless steel knives will absolutely change your life. Try chopping onions with a dull blade—I’ll give you hint: it’s not going to be very fun! Sharp knives make everything from cutting steak to dicing tomatoes significantly easier. When cutting softer, more delicate items, dull blade will have trouble puncturing the skin cleanly and will leave you with a battered mess. A sharp blade will eliminate this problem by slicing through the outer surface more easily, making those bent, jagged, and messy cuts a thing of the past. For those concerned with presentation, nice knives are even more important.

Besides the obvious usage benefits, stainless steel knives are one of the better investment you can make from a financial perspective. Knives undergo a lot of pressure on a regular basis, so poorly-constructed knives will fall apart very quickly. On top of physical construction, knives are very prone to rust. That’s where the stainless steel comes in, allowing you to use your knives for years without replacement.

xoxo,

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  • Reply Cynthia Fofana December 5, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I always forget that i need an electric toothbrush, its always on my mind bus as soon as i go shopping i forget! And a good pair of running shoes is definitely essential, it’s completely worth it in the end

  • Reply Yaya December 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Pillows (mattresses as well) and shoes are two items that I’ve always spent more on. It’s so worth it. After all, we spent most of our time either on our feet or in bed. x

  • Reply Fritha December 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Omg reading the stats on the toothbrush I feel like running out and buying an electric one ASAP! X

  • Reply getintopc December 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Candice, you look stunning, but i have a suggestion, as you are already such a creative person and i am so inspired by your work, can you please please work more on your stuff here, its like you update once a month two.
    thanks
    xoxo
    Catherine

  • Reply Amy December 2, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Investing in a good pillow is SO important! Last year I invested in a memory foam mattress topper and it makes so much difference to my quality of sleep and comfiness!

  • Reply melissa major December 1, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Totally agree with all of these, especially the toothbrush! Using an electric toothbrush has made such a difference to my teeth

  • Reply Jemma Celery and Cupcakes November 30, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Yes! Agree with all of these, top of my list would be a great pair of running shoes and a good pillow!

  • Reply Super Busy Mum November 30, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I love a good pair of headphones and I’m actually after a pair of bluetooth, wireless ones from Santa!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey November 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I totally agree about a great pillow being something you should spend more money on – I’ve bought the cheap ones before and they’re rubbish. Better pillows will always be worth spending a little bit more on

  • Reply Sarah November 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I am definitely very grateful for my electric toothbrush. I have to say, I never spend much at all on headphones – and you cant definitely tell! They break constantly!

  • Reply Emily Leary November 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    A decent set of sharp knives that you enjoy using make the whole experience of cooking just so much more enjoyable!

  • Reply Samantha Donnelly November 29, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I have never had an electric toothbrush so no idea about them, I do not really listen to music much but with my husband and kids going on about headphones I can agree and you do need decent knives. Great post x

  • Reply adriana November 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I could not agree more! There are definitely some things that are 100% worth the money.

  • Reply Joanna November 29, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I swear on running shoes, I wear them every day and I don’t think I could ever go back to normal trainers. The support they give is amazing, even if just for normal day to day walk.

  • Reply Nikki November 29, 2017 at 2:32 am

    I have to agree with the electric toothbrusb. I recently upgraded to one and I have noticed a massive difference!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury November 29, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I have made a lot of purchases this year spending more on the important things such as bedding. I bought real thread counted bedding as you spend a lot of time sleeping and they’re amazing, and good knives are a must too x

  • Reply Jen November 29, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Absolutely agree with you. There are some items I wouldn’t penny pinch on, it simply just isn’t worth it. Shoes are one for me, you need good quality footwear whatever the occasion as your feet are so important.

  • Reply Melanie November 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Running shoes that are quality are keep. The amount of damage a bad running shoe can do to the foot is unbelievable x

  • Reply hannah November 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I could never spend money on an electric toothbrush as i can’t use them. I tried before, but as i suffer from migraines and headaches a lot, I found that the electric toothbrush just kept setting them off

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