When it comes to certain items, it doesn't really matter if you buy the cheaper version — think store brand versus name brand — to save a buck. Other times, the difference in price actually makes a huge difference — some may even say a life-changing difference.
Redditor u/Bellabuns_xo asked: "What's something you used to be cheap on, until you tried a high-quality version, and now you can't go back?" Let's just say I haven't thought of a lot of these until now and now I'm taking notes. Here are some of the responses.
1. "Windshield wipers. I used to buy the cheap ones and would get so annoyed that they would always skip across the windshield. I thought all wipers did that until I bought the expensive ones. I’ll never buy the cheap ones again."
2. "Dish soap. My god, I will never again purchase Great Value dish soap. Dawn for the win."
"My dad would get pissed at me when I would buy the expensive dishwasher tablets. He said the Walmart Great Value ones were only $3 a pack, instead of $10 for the good ones.
I pointed out that they didn't clean the dishes, and the dishwasher needed multiple runs to get everything clean. He wasn't saving $7, he was wasting $3 on useless crap."
3. "My bed. Please, everyone, treat yourself and buy a high-quality bed set. Mattresses are expensive but it’s worth their weight in gold. Even if you just get a new set of covers, something with a high thread count. Sleep itself isn’t as important as how you sleep."
4. "Earbuds and headphones. I used to think people who paid over $20 for earbuds were ridiculous. I eventually got tired of my $12 ones breaking and being such low quality."
5. "Clothing. I used to buy cheap polyester clothes from Kohl's and other massive retailers, but one day I was shopping in a higher-end place and bought a really nice heavy-duty cotton henley, and every time I went into my closet I wanted to wear it. So I decided to empty my closet and start with better-quality clothes. Now I have half as many clothes as I did before, but I feel good in all of them. They will last for years instead of months. Instead of buying four $10 polo shirts, I buy one $40 quality polo shirt."
6. "Coffee. We always had instant coffee/chicory blend growing up poor, and I would always enjoy good filter coffee if we went to a restaurant. Then in grad school, someone introduced me to good instant coffee — 100% freeze-dried arabica, no chicory — and then six months later the students clubbed together to buy a cheap drip-filter coffee machine and that was that."
8. "Art supplies. I got to use really high-quality stuff for my college classes and it changed my life."
9. "Technology. Like, screen monitors, consoles, laptops, and phones. Some of the high-quality products are far more worth the buck."
10. "My Dyson vacuum. My dog sheds a lot and cheap vacuums would only last a year before breaking."
"Getting a cordless vacuum has changed my life. I have a high shedding dog too and pulling out the vacuum, messing with the cord/outlet situation is no longer an issue so I don’t hesitate to vacuum as much!"