Have you ever spent £300 on a mattress? How about over £200 on a chair? What about £50 on a toaster?
To many people, it can seem like these prices are ridiculous for the items you get. For example, you could head to Argos and pick yourself up a mattress for a fraction of the price, you could get chairs starting from £20 and you can get a toaster for probably £5 if you look hard enough and pick something on sale.
But that’s not really the point. Being cheap and getting the best deal isn’t always a great idea (in fact, it’s almost NEVER a good idea) and being frugal to get the best-value deal is also, in some cases, not the best idea.
Investing in what you value the most
Let’s put it this way; imagine needing to pick out a toaster for your new home. Do you go for the cheapest option at £5, the on-sale option at £20 or the premium £50 option? Most people would think that as long as it burns your bread into toast, they’re fine going with the lowest option. However, if you use your toaster on a regular basis and can appreciate the added features like a 4-slot toaster, faster heating options or even a crumb tray, then why wouldn’t it be worth the extra money?
A toaster might not be the best example, but you can see how investing in something that you use on a regular basis brings more value than you might imagine. It gives you extra features that can help with a growing family and it provides peace of mind knowing it probably has a better warranty deal. The same could be said for a mattress which you spend a third of your life laying on or even a chair which is essential for anyone that works at home.
If you use those things on a regular basis and value you them, why shouldn’t you invest more?
Investing in personalization
Every now and then, it helps to spend a bit of money selfishly on yourself. For instance, paying several hundred for a personal number plate for your new car can seem a little excessive, but if it makes you happy and it gives you a little bit of personalization to claim your car as your own, then why not?
People pay for personalization because it gives you more control over something you own. Personalization can apply to anything from the clothes you wear to the cups you drink from. Investing in something is a great way to show that you value it and speaks volume your character.
It can be hard to stomach investing in something so seemingly basic as a chair, but if you’re going to be using something for a long time and value its continued use in your life, then there’s nothing to fear about throwing a little more money into it to make it more comfortable, more personalized and ultimately put a bigger smile on your face.