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Scrap The Budget: Items worth splashing the cash on

by LaurettaCWright
Scrap The Budget

One of the many reasons for first starting this blog was to highlight the many great deals in travel and interiors – my two passions. Like most people, I love a great find and it's great to be able to spread the word.

But as the saying goes ‘Buy cheap, pay twice' so sometimes it's worth pushing the boat out and spending extra to get the best quality you possibly can. Save up if you need to, but never skimp on these purchases!


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We spend almost a third of our lives in bed. Everything we do is affected by the sleep we get, from our mood to our hormones to our productivity levels.

When it’s such an important aspect of life, why try and make savings here? A decent bed is always a good investment; it prevents you from waking up with aches and pains and allow you to get the most restful night’s sleep possible.

Mattresses that are springy or sagging should be replaced, and all mattresses should be replaced after eight years. After this time they simply no longer offer the same levels of support.

Buying a bed is a big decision so don’t rush the process. Go to a bed shop and try out lots of different models, work out things like which level of firmness suits you best.

Try out mattresses with springs, regular memory foam, and Tempur mattresses to get a feel of exactly what’s out there.

For children choose mattresses that are organic and non-toxic. Children spend a lot of time sleeping and cannot easily detoxify their bodies. Therefore harmful chemicals such as fire retardants and chemicals can be dangerous. Spend the extra and find something that you are 100% happy with.


Home Appliances

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Your home appliances in a busy family life go through a lot of use. How many times do you run your dishwasher a week? And what about your washing machine?

Cheaper models will just not last you as long. You’ll find you will spend more keep replacing these things than you would just investing the money in the first place.

Research lots of brands and models, and read plenty of reviews. More expensive models will often be more energy efficient too, so will save you money on your electricity bill.

While you’re there, a good insurance plan to protect these things is also important just in case anything does go wrong, but shop around for good deals on this – don't just take the first plan offered to you.

 The last thing you need is the unexpected expense of an appliance breaking down. Either take out home insurance that covers you for everything, or get an extended warranty/ breakdown cover for the appliances you use and need the most.

Again don’t skimp here and go for the cheapest, a good plan should cover you for everything from technical faults to accidental damage.



Luggage sees its fair share of use over the years, from family holidays to weekends away.

Good quality pieces will stand the test of time, from being thrown around at baggage handling to being chucked up in the attic when you don’t need them.

Premium luggage uses better materials that won’t look scruffy and worn after a few journeys. Spend the extra and you’ll never have to worry about being embarrassed claiming your bags, they will last you for longer and can be used over many years with no problems.


Computer Chairs

Do you spend a lot of time at your desk? You might be a fellow blogger, freelancer or run your own business from home.

If so, a good computer chair is vital. You need something that provides good support to your neck and back, to prevent strain injuries.

There’s a strong correlation between price and quality. More expensive models will use better quality materials, and be more rigorously tested for the best ergonomic design.

One way to find the chair for you is to go into a shop and test out a range of models and work out what is the most comfortable for you. If you spend the extra here it’s better for your spine health and you won’t have to replace it for a long time.

Fruits and Vegetables

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There are lots of ways you can make savings on your weekly food shop, however it should never be on fruits and vegetables.

These are essential for good health, and so always be prepared to spend a little extra to get the best.

Spend more on produce that is grown locally and organic. Especially in the case of ‘the dirty dozen’ which are the 12 foods known to have the highest levels of pesticides.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables where you eat the skin (as opposed to things like bananas or melons where the skin is discarded) go for organic when you can. This is because otherwise you are eating part of the food that has come directly in contact with chemicals.

How about you – what items are you not willing to scrimp on?'

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Michelle Rogers 6th September 2016 - 10:05 am

I’m not prepared to scrimp on hiking gear. We love being outside and are firm believers in the expression ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes’.

Great post, Lauretta!

admin 6th September 2016 - 3:53 pm

Thanks for sharing Michelle 🙂

Peter Beckenham 6th September 2016 - 9:13 am

Hi Lauretta,

Despite the fact I love a good night’s sleep, my vote has to go with the fruit and vegetables.

Maybe it’s my old age showing but whatever, to me good health is my primary motivator right now and hence the fruit and veggies focus!

Loved your simple yet very effective writing style Lauretta – awesome read.

Best wishes from the remote Thai village marketer


admin 6th September 2016 - 3:55 pm

*waving to Peter in Thailand* thanks very much Peter – that’s very kind and glad you liked the post. I’ll drink to good health! 😉

Cal at Family Makes 5th September 2016 - 7:28 pm

A new bed is going to be our next big purchase, but Hubby and I can’t agree on the type! I must admit to scrimping on luggage, as it breaks my heart when I’ve paid a lot of money and my case gets trashed by baggage handlers on first use!

admin 5th September 2016 - 8:50 pm

A bed is my next big purchase as well! I’m going for a super King size one this time I think!

Tom Watts 4th September 2016 - 7:31 pm

Great posy Lauretta! I’ve always been a believer in spending a good amount on the right bed. You spend 1/3 of your life in it (unless you travel a lot) so it’s worth spending the money on it. I also believe in expensive sports equipment. If you’re going to be playing regularly and the quality of equipment effects your performance/enjoyment then it’s worth spending a little more on it 🙂

admin 4th September 2016 - 8:01 pm

Thanks Tom. Good point on the sports equipment, especially like you say if you’re doing it regularly. Since publishing I keep thinking of other stuff I should have added! ?


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