On many things in life, it’s wise to save your pennies and opt for the off-brand or cheaper version. Most of the time, you can’t even tell the difference between them.
But sometimes you totally can.
A recent AskReddit thread gave people the opportunity to share what things they’re willing to splurge on. A little less money in the coffers for a better quality of life? I’m in!
Here are 19 things you should feel totally comfortable splurging on (within reason, of course):
Quality cold weather clothing.
One of those things you don’t fully appreciate until you really need it. Then it’s worth every penny. –Slowjams
A good pillow.
Because sleep is awesome. Good sleep is even better. –Heishayden
Good footwear. You can spend a lot of time on your feet so you want to be comfortable. Also, people will judge you by your shoes, it’s stupid, it’s weird, but it’s a fact. –LoveandBonor
If you’re ever in an accident and need to prove you weren’t at fault, it can save you so much time and insurance money. –CaffeineFiend72
This next suggestion is more for entertainment purposes…
You discover your favorite songs again! –pudim256
A beautiful tattoo when you have physical deformities.
I have surgical scars all over my body from being a very sick kid. I have a chest deformity so my chest plate sticks out and my ribs are too tight. My skin is strange looking from skin grafting. Scars on my chest, neck, thighs, stomach, and arms. I’m also deaf which affects everything I do. I also had severe cystic acne so there’s scarring from that.
I didn’t have a choice in any of these ugly and very permanent things. So for the first time in my life, I got to choose what I wanted to do with my own body and tattoos help me love my body more even though I only have two. Older people say “You ruined your skin!” I’m like, “You’re kidding me, right?” –defymirmir
Great work boots. Yeah, the initial cost is really high but that few hundred bucks will save you that amount of money by not having to replace work boots every year or half year.
A good pair of boots will last you most of your lifetime if you take care of them.
Even if you work a white-collar job, at some point you’re going to want work boots. –nocontroll
Lasik surgery. Best 3 thousand I’ve ever spent. Where else in the world can you buy a f**king level-up like in a video game? Vision +80 points. I used to be blind as a bat and now I can read soda can labels from across a football field. –BrianneBrid
Sleep study and/or a CPAP.
Years of miserable non-sleeping leading to exhausted days and a grouchy partner resolved for under a grand. –_YouAreTheWorstBurr_
And now for something that’s good for you and for the environment…
A quality water filter on the tap and a good reusable water bottle.
Because there’s way too many plastic water bottles junking up the world. –SuzQP
A cleaning service.
I’m one of those people who is absolutely terrible at keeping up with household chores. For $50 a visit, I get to come home to a sparklingly clean home, which genuinely does wonders for my mental health. –Notmiefault
Good toilet paper.
Some things you should never go cheap on and this is definitely one of those things. –schexy01
Straight teeth and confidence? Yes please!
Braces. Man, my grill was jacked up before I got my braces. Had them on for 3 years. Once they were off, my confidence skyrocketed and I was doing things and talking to people like never before. I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t gotten all of that confidence from newly straightened teeth. –Texas_FTW
On an unrelated note, I’m gonna be a dad. –armorreno
Hmm. Something tells me that might not be unrelated. Next up is an addition to your bathroom that so many people swear by…
A powered bidet attachment.
It’s a few hundred bucks, but it’s worth every penny. –ribond86
It’s expensive but nothing makes me happier. –Coconuts0410
No shared walls, no one living above or below me, space for the dogs to run around, space to buy and put things I genuinely like, and so on. I love it.
Does it suck to have to take care of everything if it breaks? Yeah. But the feeling of being able to say “This is mine. I own this. I can f**k this up however I want to” is so worth it. –wittyname83
Good coffee beans. It’s nice to start the day with something enjoyable instead of coffee being simply a necessity or routine. The better the bean, the more interesting/complex flavor profile. Plus it’s fun exploring different regions, roast types, etc. –Java13
Sure, you can just wear 3-pairs-for-$10 drawers, and they’re fine…but having some high-quality fabric gently cradling your nethers is just sublime. –Lemesplain
I know we already covered good work boots, but this next person has a great point about footwear in general.
You can spend a lot of time on your feet so you want to be comfortable. Also, people will judge you by your shoes, it’s stupid, it’s weird, but it’s a fact. –jssmd
Anything that makes your job easier.
I got a $175 chef’s knife a few months ago that I use every day at work. –Breyos
A good mattress.
Your quality of life improves a lot by sleeping well. –hhuerta
Cab fare after drinking.
Both driving and walking are cheaper but worse options. –Scrappy_Larue
Real, honest-to-God maple syrup.
Mrs. Butterworth just can’t cut it after having the real thing. –kevtino
Looking for a new pair of socks? This next person has you covered.
If you do a lot of walking, Merino Wool Socks.
Amazingly comfy and cozy but keep your feet cool and dry when you start to sweat. Between £15 – £20 a pair but totally worth it. –div2691
You’ll never get tired of new tires.
I just changed mine to Michelin for the first time, and my drives are so much better. –FlyingNeonPoop
It’s expensive, but nothing makes me happier. –Coconuts0410
Quality art supplies.
Cheap stuff can do the trick, but expensive is more reliable, and just feels so much better (and looks better most of the time). –Mibbsie
It’s so valuable to stay mentally healthy. –CommonDeviation
This next tip is for people who eat canned food. That’s pretty much everyone, right?
A nice can opener.
I bought one off Amazon for 20 bucks and it has been incredible. Gone are the days of half-opened cans and a can opener that can barely cut. –Sasha_The_Gray
A nicer bike.
$100 Walmart bikes pretty much actively discourage you from riding, whereas if you have a decent hybrid or road bike from a bike shop you won’t be able to stay off of it. –karlzhao314
Now it’s even more magical!
Staying in an on-premises hotel when visiting Walt Disney World.
The transportation system means some people can leave the part early and some can stay late. Extra Magic hours let you go on the popular rides with little or no line. –ChangeMyDespair
Worth the $85 for five years!!! –dystrudept
I moved from one apartment to another in downtown Chicago and the time between the truck showing up at the old place and leaving the new place was about an hour.
Every single thing was taken down from a fourth-floor walk-up and up on freight elevators and I didn’t have to do squat.
Would have been even faster but the truck had to wait 10 minutes for the loading dock to open at the new place. –tallsteve15
This next item is a very sound investment for music lovers.
If you’re into your music or frequent music festivals, then a quality set of earplugs.
Protect your hearing guys! –Kry-wolf
Good, BRIGHT lamps.
Seriously, get the brightest lightbulbs.
A bright home is much nicer than a dull one. you can never match sunlight-brightness, but get a lot of bright (LED!) lamps and you’ll be happier. I’m serious! –ts_asum
Yeah. You do not want to skimp on this one.
It’s just so delicious, especially from a good sushi place. I know a lot of people turn their nose up at it because all they hear is “raw fish.” But just give it a try if you like seafood. –HFPerplexity
A good office chair!
Either for gaming or actual office work. It does wonders for your back. –Patzzer
A GOOD bra!!
Trust me — once you find a really good one, buy at least two more. –gkiltz
Share this with someone who understands that the best things in life sometimes cost a little extra!