Sometimes 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 me 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 month in the process. But unfortunately you can take frugality a bit too far sometimes. 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 expensive brand. The same can be said of computers 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 air conditioner filters. You can buy these extremely flimsy filters that have wide mesh for just a dollar and a quarter. On the other end of the spectrum, you can purchase an extremely dense HEPA-rated filter for $20 or more, especially if you buy a filter that is built to catch viral pathogens. You definitely want to buy something more substantial than the cheap filters that barely catch dust, let alone smaller microbes. Usually, a good filter that is enough for a normal person in an average home can cost anywhere between $8 and $14, depending on the store you buy it from. I started getting my filters in bulk packs of 20 each, cutting the cost of each individual filter by half. This also gives me the freedom to swap them out on a more frequent basis, knowing that I have backups available at all times.