I am a self imposed tight wad. ( For all my skin flinted ways, I am still not a dollar ahead…maybe seventy five cents a head…<rimshot> but I digress.)
But there are items that I will not compromise and break out the bucks without any remorse.
- Shoes. Even before I decided to be a domestic tyrant I primarily wore Birkenstocks,which are as ugly as sin and as comfortable as heaven. They range in price from $65 - $200.Extremely well made and excellent quality. I still have my first pair bought in 1990, though they are now my house slippers.I own seven pair of Birks and they have paid themselves off more than my overpriced reboks. I’ve learned the cheaper shoes ( Payless, as an example) kill my feet and are not worth the $20, the foot cramps or the blisters they give. I’ve bought maybe 7 or 8 pair of really good basic wardrobe shoes (average price about $75) and have had them for years and they feel great and still look good. If your feet aren’t happy, you aren’t happy. ( My wedding shoes were not the standard lacy white stiff as a board fashionable but painful as all hell shoes that most brides torture themselves with for their special day. I purchased a pair of designer ivory italian shoes (normally $200, marked down to $30 because they were mis-sized. I dunno, but they fit my feet perfectly and I’ve gotten more wear of them than anything.–oh, after the church wedding, I switched to cowboy boots, much to my Mother’s chagrin.)
2)Underwear. No more cheap stuff for me. Victoria’s Secret must have the right formula for non-wedgie regular undies and they are worth their weight in gold. (That, or I highly recommend wearing men’s underwear, it’s wide elastic band is very comfortable. Great for preggo ladies and non-preggo ladies.AND you can share with hubby ) I am the same way about bra’s. ( Althought I can’t share these with hubby.) No more cheap bra’s that ride up or the straps rub my skin raw. I’ll spend $18-35 for a bra that is going to hold the girls all day, every day for quite some time.
I buy the store brand for all foods and most Rx stuff, but not toothpaste or deoderant. It just doesn’t seem to work the same way as the big name. ( Besides, I usually have a coupon.)