Here is my eclectic list of some other purchases where I'm happy to stretch those purse strings a little. After all inferior products that I'm not happy with don't represent such good value after all.
- Batteries: Maybe the day will soon come when everything will be solar powered as having gadgets that are powered by these expensive electricity generating cells are so irritating. But it's even more annoying when they have to be replaced every five minutes. Now, I just bite the bullet and cough up for long lasting brands.
- Knives: Meat-free cooking in my student days was such a bind. Chopping vegetables with a blade that was about as sharp as a ruler was a joyless task. Then I discovered proper knives with a weighty well balanced feel that could be sharpened with a steel made the job a breeze.
- Mattresses: You can go really cheap here but why would you want to sacrifice a good night's sleep for the next few years?
- Flights: Now I'm sure that if I flew Club Class I'd never want to grace Economy ever again so woe betide my bank balance if I ever get upgraded! But those bargain night-time charter flights are now a no go zone for me. Why ruin a good holiday with sleepless nights at the beginning and the end?
- Ferries: You'll be getting the gist now that kipping is important to me. Hence no more skimping by booking a reclining seat on night sailings. They don't tip back enough, the lounge smells sweaty and is full of people who snore even louder than me. Some feat! No it has to be a cabin these days.
- Tissues: Nothing is worse than sneezing and finding that your hankerchief isn't substantial enough. I don't need to elaborate here.
- Meat: Slash bills by buying cheaper good quality cuts. Trawl the reduced sections for these in the supermarkets, like I do, by all means. But don't compromise so much that considerations about animal welfare and intensive processing go right out of the window.
- Shoes: I'm a fuss pot when it comes to these but not in a Louboutin/Jimmy Choo kind of way. They have to be comfortable and last. For those qualities I'm prepared to fork out a little more.
- Iron: Never will I go back to using one after investing in a far superior model with a ceramic non stick base and a decent steam function that cost ten times as much. A value iron feels like a brick in comparison.
There you have it. Watch out for a companion post in the next few days. After all I feel that there is a need to show where the scrimping has to start to cover the additional expense of my economic foibles!