Monday, August 10, 2015

6 Everyday Household Items Not to Buy Cheap


Everyone knows I love a good deal {who doesn't} and don't mind buying store brand when it comes to buying all the cleaning products and household items I need around my home. After all, I like to get the most for my buck. With that said, I feel like I've tried hundreds of different brands, makes and models of all the must have items that make my chores a success, only to find that a handful actually work well and get the job done.

We've all been in that situation where the store brand of an item is priced way below a reputable name brand, or there is a great sale or mark down on an item we need, so we pay less and get more... score! But do we really? Because when we get home and start using our sweet deal, it doesn't live up to our expectations or flat out sucks, only leading us to spend more money on the more expensive brand that we should have found coupons for in the first place. Jeez, tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to!

After years of trying to find the best deals and falling short one too many times on everyday household items, I've decided that there are a few items that I just have to spend the money on, hopefully with a coupon or store discount, and buy name brand. After all, there is a reason they're a bit more costly...they work and get the job done the first time, making my life a bit easier.

  1. Trash bags: So one time, I bought a store brand trash bag and wasn't really thinking much about it until I went to take the trash out and a week's worth of trash came dumping out the bottom of the bag, making my day a literal mess and adding more work for me. It was disgusting and not necessary {and completely avoidable} had I just bought a normally priced box of bags. Lesson learned and knowledge passed... buy strong trash bags. Oh Brother
  2. Sponges: I think sponges in general are disgusting but when they start to fall apart and stop doing their job, that's even worst. My mom always said to spend the extra change and get the more expensive sponges "BECAUSE THEY WORK" but I had to learn the hard way. When your dishes are actually getting more dirty from your sponge then when you started washing them, you know you've made a bad choice purchasing the cheaper model sponge. Plus, the more expensive ones last long, pretty much making the price/time ratio even. Ew
  3. Laundry Soap: My mom also {tried} to teach me about laundry soap but I didn't listen and had to figure this one out for myself. When you show up to work with old white deodorant stains and a not so mountain fresh scent, that's when it hits you that you probably should have gone with the nice bottle of laundry soap because not all are created equal. 
  4. Matches: Cheap brand: Light match, 2 seconds go by, fingers burn, candle not lit. Expensive brand: Light match, light candles, blow out match, no burns. Need I say more. 
  5. Paper Towels: With a cheaper brand, I go through a roll in a day cleaning up after my kids. With a more average priced brand, it takes me a week to go through a roll. Again, I'd end up spending more on PT just to get the job done when I should have just bought the normal roll and called it a day.                                                                                      
  6. Dish Soap: Do you want water with a few bubbles or some bubbles with a bit of water? I know I want only to have to use a dot of soap and get all my dishes clean. I don't want some watered down product that isn't going to run out in a week. This one is important, especially if you like to hand wash all your dishes like me. It needs to smell nice, too... oh, and keep my hands nice {just sayin'}.                                        
That's what's on my list... what's on yours? What everyday items do you have to buy name brand because the cheaper vision just falls flat? Let me know in the comments! 




30 comments:

  1. So true...I will absolutely NOT buy no name detergent or dish soap. You end up going through the same dollar amount of the cheap stuff in a shorter time so why bother??? Great ideas!!

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  2. Good tips! I also like to invest in my cleaning products to keep house always clean.

    www.artadorned.com

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  3. YES!!!! Especially sponges! I did that for a while, and I went through about 3 in the time I went through 1 "expensive" one and let's be honest, the difference in price wasn't that much!

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  4. TOILET PAPER!!! My booty needs the best!

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  5. Oh man, yes on every single one of those. Occasionally I'll go cheap on laundry detergent or dish washing liquid and regret it!!! I'm going to add toilet paper... you can get some really bad toilet paper / sand paper if you're not careful;)

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  6. I totally agree on this! Those gifs are so funny and apt

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  7. I completely agree about the trash bags! Cheap ones are the worst!!!

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  8. Totally agree on cheap detergent! I never gets the stains out!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  9. I agree, there are some things that you just have to spend a little more on to get a quality product. I also had to learn the hard way with most of these things!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  10. Great post, I agree although I have to say that I like to make our own laundry detergent, and as far as for the sponges we don't by the most expensive ones but do try to change them often.
    BTW I really enjoyed the animated gifs files.

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  11. Already pinned this today, but great list and I completely agree!!!

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  12. My husband has this weird thing about buying cheap toilet paper. It makes him SO mad so ever since we've lived together, I buy the good stuff (even though it kind of drives me crazy to spend that much on something you literally flush down the toilet). They say marriage is about compromise, right? Haha!

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  13. So true about the trash bags! I've even taken it a step further lately and started buying scented trash bags.

    Christine | DimesandDonuts.com

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  14. Great information! I'll have to starting thinking on spending more money on some of these products :) thanks for sharing

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  15. I learned my lesson buying cheap trash bags, never again!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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  16. YES YES YES. Everything on here I agree with, ESPECIALLY paper towels, like you said you spend more if they're cheaper because you need more. I'd also add toilet paper too because if you get the cheap stuff it's just like paper towels, gone so fast! You should think about linking this up to our new link party on Wednesday, it'd be perfect!

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  17. Yeah trash bags I completely agree!

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  18. YES!! I have had that experience with dish detergent. The cheap version is horrible. Smells cheap, doesn't clean the dishes and it's a total waste. Yes with paper towels! I use so many with my kids and I need a roll to last :) Sponges are just gross and I use them only to scrub out the hard stains and not to clean my dishes. I use the small sized dish towels (wash cloth size) to wash dishes and then throw them in the washer with bleach. Great post!!

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  19. Nailed this post! I learned all of these the hard way. I enjoyed the gifs too.
    I can't believe you are in Temecula! I'm from Loma Linda, it's awesome to come across a local blogger.

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  20. Oh my goodness! This list is spot on! Sometimes it does NOT pay to save a few cents getting the generic. Those cheaper brand sponges smell really bad too. Ick! Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

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  21. I totally agree with the garbage bags, sponges and laundry well everything really. I hit the nail on the head!!
    So glad we got to feature your post on the OMHGWW this week. Thank you for hosting with us.

    Hope you have a great day!
    Karren

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  22. Nice! I agree about the sponges for SURE. The item I refuse to skimp on is Handi Wipes. Every other store brand SUCKS. They thin and tear with the first set of dishes. Ugh. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Co-hosting with you at Wordless Wednesday,
    Heather

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  23. Those are all so very true, trash bags, been there, done that, I had to learn the hard way! When there are no deals out at the grocery stores, I can find smaller versions of name brands at the $1, that if I buy several at a time, add up to the same cost. I go through so many paper towels, and dish soap, in the end I really don't get my money's worth, if I buy the cheap stuff! Great post, Ashleigh! It's fun co-hosting #OMHGWW with you! Enjoy your week!

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  24. Oh man, this is a great and entertaining article, Ashleigh! And "amen" to all your advice! Great to co-host with you at #OMHGWW

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  25. I agree...some things just cannot bescrimped on. However, you missed one very important item, peanut butter! Glad to be back co-hosting #OMHGWW with you and the gals!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  26. I do agree with you on this one - sponges and dish soap, definitely!!!

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  27. so ture and I can't agree more. I love cute dish towels but they are for souvenirs so far lol. I always pamper myself with great hand soap and lotion near the sink as well :)

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  28. I feel like the biggest of these is not buying cheap trash bags! You will regret it when the bag breaks and trash goes everywhere or when you are buying them twice as often because you have to use 2 bags at a time.

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  29. Good post for online shopping. Shopping has gone completely online these days. You can shop everything from household appliances to office supplies sitting in home.
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  30. Great tips. I like your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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