17 Things People Waste Money on By Buying Cheap Alternatives

We’re all familiar with our go-to budget-friendly choices, but what happens when we finally decide to treat ourselves to something more luxurious? An internet survey recently asked, “What is something that you used to be cheap on until you tried the high-quality version, and now you can’t go back?” Here are the top 21 responses.

Windshield Wipers

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“Yeah, this is definitely my thing…Spent the extra money on Bosch, and I could actually see in front of the car in the rain! Amazing.”

“You’d be surprised the difference it makes.”

Cheese

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“My dirty little secret: I keep a budget for housing, utilities, etc. One of the items I budget for are delicious cheeses.”

“I live dangerously close to an incredible cheese place. $30-40/trip minimum, worth every penny.”

Maple Syrup

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“Syrup. I used to buy the cheap no name high fructose corn syrup. Then someone gave me a bottle of good maple syrup for Christmas one time. I’m ruined. I can’t go back. If I can’t have real maple syrup on my pancakes, I’d rather just not eat them. And that stuff is expensive.”

Underwear

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“I used to wear cheap Walmart underwear until it fell apart. Then my significant other bought me an expensive pair, and it felt like my junk was floating on a cloud. I’m never going back.”

“Duluth Trading Company Buck Naked Performance Boxers are like wearing lotion for underwear.”

Bakery Bread

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“Bread made that day. After living in Montreal for years and getting my bread fresh from the bakery, I can’t go back to that sugary, foam-rubbery, floppy, bland supermarket bread. Even the fancy stuff doesn’t even come close. Bakery bread is expensive, and an extra effort to get it, but so worth it. Good bread is one of the essential pleasures in life.”

Car Tires

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“My favorite analogy is to ask how good Lebron James would be if he played basketball in bowling shoes. Not very good. Would you play soccer in dress loafers? Doesn’t matter how good your car is or how good a driver you are if the only part of the car touching the ground is rubbish.”

“I tell anyone I can that they might skimp a bit on summer tires but never on winter tires.”

Bras

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“It’s amazing how many of us are wearing the wrong size and don’t realize it. I had a fitting a few years ago, and the difference is amazing.”

Toothbrush

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“It’s one of those Sonicare vibrating ones. I will never forget how fresh my teeth felt after using it the first time, and my dentist even compliments me on how much less plaque I have now.”

“I thought those things were stupid until I tried my husband’s, then immediately ordered a second one.”

Coffee

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“I’m no snob. All I do is get whole-bean coffee and grind it myself. Then I’ll go to someone’s house, and they’ll have some preground Folgers/Maxwell House, and I will be unable to finish it.”

Computer/Office Chairs

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“Herman Miller Aeron all the way. Not for gaming, but was happy to pay a premium for a quality office chair.”

“Yep. Wanted to say this. Since trying an Aeron, I WILL NOT be able to sit on anything else at my desk. I sure do hope my current one never breaks, otherwise RIP savings account.”

Butter

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“Kerrygold has so much more flavor than store brand. I don’t eat it often, but it’s worth it every time.”

“Discovered that stuff (Kerrygold) visiting Ireland. I came back, and the day I saw it in an American store, I nearly wept.”

Makeup

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“It’s expensive… but once I find the right brand for whatever the product is, it will take a lot for me to choose anything else, no matter the price. There are a lot of great drug store products, and makeup is mostly a rip-off, but it still doesn’t compare to my favorite professional quality products.”

Pens

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“Once I started using better quality ones, I started taking more random notes at work just so I could write something down.”

“The first time I used a nice pen, I immediately fell in love with it. The difference is like night and day. Cheap bics last for like a month before they inevitably dry out. A nice pen on the other hand, can last for years, which is especially useful when you don’t need to use it every day. They also make much nicer lines compared to the cheap ones.”

Headphones

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“Sennheiser master race.”

“What’s the difference between a music lover and an audiophile? A music lover uses his sound system to listen to music. An audiophile uses music to listen to his sound system!”

Quality Tools

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“Quality tools will get the job done quickly without breaking the tool, the thing being tooled, or your skin. And they will last more than a lifetime.”

Pillows

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“Pillows are so goddamn important. After I got one that’s pretty expensive, yet the most comfortable I could possibly get, my sleep quality has increased 10/10.”

Socks and Shoes

Socks
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“I used to scoff at people for paying $20+ for a single pair of socks when you could buy a six-pack of Hanes for like $10. I’ll never go back to Hanes again.”

“Definitely go for quality shoes. However, I still search for them at discounted prices (at places like Nordstrom Rack). Best of both worlds.”

Tuna

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“Family Guy is right. If you make a sandwich with the cheap stuff, you might as well be eating cat food and mayonnaise.”

Toilet paper

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“It’s absolutely worth spending extra on the good stuff.”

Mattress

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“it was one of our best purchases. Seriously, when we’re gone, my wife and I both say, “I miss our bed.” It’s so damn comfy.”

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