Besides the obvious products and services you should really just shell out for—dental work comes to mind, or tattoos—there are certain items that exist at a variety of price points. Do you cheap out on undies at Lot-Less or shell out for some pre-distressed moth-eaten-lookin’ gonch for a $60 three-pack from Baja East? I really hope the answer here is apparent.
Sometimes, however, it’s hard to know what you should save up for and what you should splurge on without thinking—especially when it comes to fashion. A lot of these are everyday items and are open to debate. Buying dress shoes, for example, can be an easy pitfall. You can find cheap black shoes at Zara or Topman, but they’ll likely disintegrate after one wedding or job interview and fall off of your foot like the deflated turkey falls off the bone in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Furthermore, if you cheap out and get a budget version of a certain item, you’ll have to replace it more frequently. This is dumb because you’ll end up spending more to replace it a few times instead of just buying the quality version from the get-go. Buy it nice or buy it twice.
So we took the time to assess some essential everyday items, weighing out how much value they bring in comparison to their price point using state of the art equations and technology (not really). Here are the results.