If your household is anything like mine, you’re probably doing some cutting back these days, and luxury items seem a little more . . . luxurious than they used to be. As in, boy that necklace sure is pretty but I have other things I need to buy right now, like FOOD.
With budget restraints in mind, it can be hard to justify a high-end purchase, especially if you’re not really sure if it’s worth it. Is that spendy moisturizer really going to “revitalize” your skin, or will a drugstore brand do just as well? Let’s explore a few buzz-worthy purchases:
Okay, I admit it: I own this. I wrote about it before, and since then my opinion on it has changed slightly, in that if I were to be in the market for a new stroller today there is no way in hell I’d spend this much on something that would eventually be thrown up on, but when we did buy it 1) the economy was not in the midst of circling the toilet bowl; 2) I didn’t have two college savings plans, daycare costs, and only a part-time job; and 3) it was our first baby and we were sort of crazy.
This stroller has been awesome in many ways and by the time we’re done we’ll have gotten years of great use from it, but as you can see from the list here, there are an awful lot of popular choices that aren’t nearly as expensive.
I have one of these too, gifted to me by a friend who was no longer using hers. I used it for a while and it was a hoot, beetling around the floor and comically bumping into things and scaring the pets, but for the price I’d say you’d be better off whipping out the upright and doing your own cleaning. The Roomba is nifty, but loud, and has to be sort of strategically set up in an area where it won’t get stuck. Plus, it takes a long time to clean one room, and doesn’t do a very good job on carpet. My vote? Get yourself a bagless Bissell, it’s an affordable vacuum that works really, really well.
I have friends who swear by their KA mixers, and I’ve heard from people who say a bowl and a pair of beaters does just fine. I suppose it depends on how much mixing you need to do on a regular basis — me, I haul out the beaters once every few weeks or so in order to make cookies, and that’s about it, so I don’t really need a $300+ piece of kitchen gear. But bakers, what say you?
Salon hair products
I have bought a ridiculous number of expensive hair products over the years, and here’s what I think: they tend to smell better, they come in a nicer package, and if you use them right after a salon visit on freshly-trimmed hair they feel like they make your hair more soft/fancy/awesome/etc. In my experience, though, once your hair gets to that unmanageable state of being in dire need of a cut (in my case that means: thick, fuzzy, dry ends, cowlicky), the salon stuff and the drugstore stuff does about the same job.
Frozen organic baby food
This is kind of a random one, but what do you think about paying $4.69 for 12 oz. of frozen baby food? Does it sound ridiculous? Well, maybe it kind of is, considering how easy it is to make your own healthy fresh baby food — but for those times when you have a howling hungry child and no steamed veggies on hand, I think these meals (frozen into cubes) from Happy Baby are GENIUS. Worth every penny.
Opinions? The comments section AWAITS!