The Price You Pay for Buying Things Cheaply

I love to save money. It’s a great feeling no matter what your budget is, to get items using discounts, deals, and coupons.

For a mom, you are helping your family out too by stretching that dollar out a little bit further.

It is easy though to get carried away with saving money and buying things cheaply.

There are some things it is not worth it to buy at a low price. Here are a few examples.


I have to learn this lesson over and over for myself. For my sons and my husband, I don’t hesitate to buy them quality shoes. But when it comes to myself, I don’t want to spend that much money. So I end up going to Pay-less and Walmart for shoes. Big Mistake!

Every pair I have bought from those places wears out very quickly and also causes me foot and leg pain. I won’t tell you the brand that I have now, because it is a brand name that I bought from Walmart and I didn’t even know they made shoes. I can handle a short trip to the store in them, but if it is a long day or if I have to work out in the garage for our home business, my legs and hips hurt so bad afterwards.

Right now, I am currently saving up to get another pair, I hope to find a good sale soon.


This is pretty similar to shoes. The clothes that are on discount at certain stores (Walmart, Kmart) are on sale for a reason. They are usually lower quality. If you buy a t-shirt on clearance there, it will probably last you 6 months if you are lucky.

I keep re-learning this lesson because I am a sucker for a $2 tank top. I think my next plan for clothes will be to go to Goodwill and see if I can find some quality clothes there.

Generic brand soap

Sometimes this will work out. My town has hard water, meaning it takes more soap to get a good lather. I cannot buy generic or store name dish soap because I have to use so much of it to be able to wash the dishes. I can’t use store brand shampoo either because of the same reason. Sometimes I can find hand soap for a really good price and it will work.

coffee pots

For some reason, the cheaper ones have such a goofy design. Either it’s hard to put in a new filter, or half the coffee pours on the counter while you are trying to pour it in your cup.

While the mid-priced ones aren’t exactly designed to last, it is a good idea to look at reviews for whatever brand you are going to get.

That’s it, that’s my list for now. If you can think of something that you shouldn’t buy cheaply, please leave a comment below.


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