You Get What You Pay for: 7 Things You Shouldn’t Skimp On

There are a few things in life that you should really pay more for. Garlic sauce on a late night kebab is not one of them.

So if you’re a bit of a tight-arse, or just not sure where to reign in your spending, make sure you splash a bit of extra cash on these essentials.

It’ll make you a happier, healthier, calmer and more confident individual.


Will drive you nuts. There’s no two ways about it. But crappy computers will drive you nuts quicker, more often and to a higher degree of nuttiness.

So rather than buying some unwieldy machine that’ll get bugs in the first four weeks, invest another $500 and get something sweet that you actually want to work on.



Apart from the noticeably more pleasurable experience a quality condom provides, there are some family planning incentives to buy well too.

Now, this doesn’t mean paying a premium price for a flavoured franger in a pub toilet vending machine. Just pull into the chemist or supermarket and purchase a product you can trust.


You might quaff at this one, but it has two major benefits.

Low-quality wines are often sweeter, compounding the hangover with a sugar come-down, and contain more congeners (substances produced during fermentation that your body isn’t buddies with). Hence the bigger hangovers brought on by cheap plonk.

You can reduce those super-slung days by drinking better quality wine. And by doing so less often to offset the increased cost, you’ll be in better shape too.


As tempting as that $30 bargain-bin vacuum cleaner is, it will drive you absolutely nuts going over that same spot again, and again, and again.

So treat this as an investment in both your sanity and hygiene.


It’s amazing how long you can get around in a sole-less pair of plimsolls, only to crack and buy a similarly crappy set to drive you uncomfortably nuts again.

But if you’d bought a sweet pair of kicks at the start, you’d be walking taller (both figuratively and by virtue of a solid sole) and only have spent a little more than you did on the two pairs of cheap Chinese rubber.


Sleep is very important, so it pays to make your bed a proverbial palace. That doesn’t mean blowing the bank, but spending a decent amount of money on a quality mattress.

It might be a big outlay, but it’ll last a long time and clock up countless hours of PosturepedicTM comfort you can gloat to the girls about.


Even the most self-assured individual is whittled away to a self-conscious wreck after a shocking haircut. You know, the one that butchers your fringe or slices off all signs of a side-burn.

And, sure, we all need to go through this once. But not again. So dip into your wallet, tight-wad, and invest in a haircut you’re confident with.

The key with these things, as with any essential item in your life, is to buy once and buy well.