You see something pretty at a big brand store. You look at the price tag and are pleasantly surprised, so you buy it and bring it home. After a couple weeks, and it breaks, or you lose interest because you were really only looking for the short term thrill of buying something.
Woman who probably doesn't need what's in those bags.
What do you do? Hopefully, you replace it with something of higher quality that won’t give out after a short period of time.
It’s hard to bite the bullet and pay more for nicer things, even if it saves you money in the long run. The initial price tag shock is hard to swallow. But product quality matters and can cause you to spend less over time, which sometimes means paying more initially.
Product quality over cheap prices matters for so many reasons.
Cheap stuff breaks. Take something simple, such as clothes. A $5 t-shirt from a store that pumps out mass clothing every season will not last more than a few washes. Because it wasn’t manufactured well, it won’t hold up long term. Cheap clothing was cheap to make, usually because factory standards weren’t high or the materials are low-grade. Not every expensive clothing item is high quality, but aiming for brands who produce in small batches, who list where they source their materials or who make clothing with good fabric will get you longevity in your closet, and cause you less hassle in the long run.
Buy higher quality items, buy less, spend less over time, have more money for the things you love to do, be happier.
Cheap stuff clutters. The more cheap stuff you buy, the more cheap stuff you’ll accumulate. If you have a shirt that is frayed and you need a new one, you may throw the original faulty shirt to the back of your closet and replace it with the exact same one. Repeat over and over and you’ve got a closet full of clothes you can’t wear. The same thing can be said for tools in a garage or storing all those “great garage sale deals” that you store in your basement. Pretty soon, you’re not able to find the original item you’re looking for, and you have to buy it again - adding to your pile.
Cheap stuff takes up your time. If you’re looking for one particular tool in your already cluttered garage, you’re using up a lot of time to do nothing but find the item you need to do the task at hand. This is time that could be better spend doing something you enjoy (unless digging through clutter is something you enjoy). When you add up all the time it takes to find things that are behind or buried under other things, it can be alarming to realize how much one spends just looking for things. It also may not be that you’re looking for things, but rather you’re looking to replace things instead. If an appliance you bought breaks, you have to spend time getting the new one. And when that breaks, you’ll have to spend time replacing it again. Buy one nice item and circumvent the whole time-waste black hole.
Buy less stuff, accumulate less crap, clean less, do more yoga instead.
Making your purchases count and buying intentionally will save you time, money, and space. Accumulating less means less junk in your home, less for you to organize, and less for you to replace. If your clothes don’t fall apart, you don’t have to spend time on the internet buying new clothes. If an item breaks in your home, while you may be capable of fixing it yourself, you’re dedicating time to fixing a cheap product instead of spending time doing something you’d like. Buy intentionally and you buy fewer times.