Sporadically I buy essential products at the cheapest price imaginable.
Whether it’s table napkins, bottled water, or potatoes, there are often examples of things that you will never find myself and others forking out loads of cash to purchase at a premium price.
I even quit using thicker printer paper in favor of cheap recycled paper, and started saving a few pennies each week in the process. But unluckyly you can take frugality a bit too far periodically. There are a number of things that I will never buy cheap if I can help it. Sunglasses can last years if you buy a reputable and extravagant brand. The same can be said of PCs and other consumer electronics. If you want something to last years or more, you might have to spend a little bit more money upfront on the purchasing cost. Another example to consider are a/c filters. You can buy these seriously flimsy filters that have wide mesh for just a dollar and a quarter. On the other end of the spectrum, you can purchase an seriously dense HEPA-rated filter for $20 or more, especially if you buy a filter that is built to catch viral pathogens. You particularly want to buy something more big than the cheap filters that barely catch dust, let alone smaller microbes. Usually, a fantastic filter that is enough for a normal person in an average apartment can cost anywhere between $8 and $14, depending on the store you buy it from. I started getting our filters in bulk packs of 20 each, cutting the cost of each individual filter by half. This also gives myself and others the freedom to swap them out on a more frequent basis, knowing that I have backups available at all times.