This post at Gather Little by Little inspired a last minute post of my own.
I've been working on spending less, but there are some areas where I don't cut corners. Here are 10 things that *I* think are worth spending more on.
1. Yarn - Well duh. This is what makes me happy. This my luxury, for which I forgo other luxuries. And as I progress and my stash grows, I focus on quality, not quantity. And notions and needles fall into this category as well.
2. Air Conditioning - I recently read somewhere about how much you can save by not using your air condition, using it less, turning up the thermostat, etc. Personally, I think it's worth it to spend the summer in comfort.
3. Health Insurance - Anyone who talks about raising your deductible to save money hasn't had health problems.
4. High Speed Internet - Hours of entertainment and enrichment.
5. Ibuprofen Gel Caps - I still get the generic brand, but I pay more for the gel caps, which work faster.
6. Prescription Medication - "Ask your doctor about cheaper alternatives"? Hell no. It took me a long time to find meds that work. I'm not going to switch just to save money. (This does not include generics, which are the exact same medications. If a med I need has a generic, I buy it. I'm referring to finding a different medication altogether for a lower copay or a generic alternative.)
7. TV Dinners for lunch - Sandwiches or ramen would be cheaper, but I'd get tired of it real fast and default back to going out to eat everyday. TV dinners, however, I can stick with, and I still spend less on lunch.
8. Comfortable shoes that are worn on a regular basis - I agree with author of the Gather Little by Little blog post. I won't spend much on shoes to match one outfit for a special occasion, or a pair I want just because I like them. But comfortable shoes that get everyday wear are worth it. A pair of Tevas lasts me a few years and is worth every penny.
9. Feminine Hygiene Products - When I deviate from *my* brands, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I stick with what I know.
10. Sunscreen - I don't spend a lot of time outdoors, but when I do, I spring for Neutrogena sunscreen. It's not greasy and heavy, which means I'm more comfortable and more likely to reapply.