Have you been in the middle of a purchasing decision and decided to purchase the item that cost less – and ended up regretting the purchase because it failed to live up to your expectations or was a complete piece of junk?
For example, I purchased a cheaper dryer when Jenn and I were married. It wasn’t the absolute bottom of the line, but it was near it.
Just a few years later, Jenn and I were replacing it. We bought cheap. We had to buy the item twice.
I have bought cheap push mowers in the past. They have never lasted beyond a couple of years. My great aunt bought an expensive Lawn-Boy in the 60s and the thing will probably still be running when Jesus comes back.
I have used cheap chain saws. They work great for a while, and then they fail.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I really believe in frugality and well-thought out purchases, but many times I believe we mistake “save a few pennies now” for “frugality” when in fact we need to consider the total cost of the purchase from the day we buy it to the day it finally stops performing.
Share with me some of your experiences with this!