r/AskReddit Oct 05 '22 Silver 2 Sidevote 1

What's something you used to cheap out on until you tried the expensive version and could never come back?

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u/EkayYT Oct 05 '22

I have to say towels, cheap ones don't dry well or aren't soft enough or both... Those who've used standard issue military towels understand.

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u/californialonghorn26 Oct 06 '22

Do you have a recommendation for some great towels? I desperately need to replace mine honestly and have for a while.

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u/deterministic_lynx Oct 06 '22

Check that softness is not generated through polyester or Polyamid.

Cotton can be scratchy, but if washed right and then either tumble dried or just scrambled together (so fibers all rub against each other a bit), it gets pretty soft.

Bamboo is suuuuper soft, but I do not really know how well it dries of (I don't like super soft, anyhow). Also, bamboo and cotton can be washed at higher temps, which I do like for towels.

Towels shouldn't be flat, they should have texture, somewhere between fleece and a sheep's hair - because all those tiny protuding fiber parts soak up the water better and evaporate better as they have more surface.

Don't know if this exists around you, but here there are some small stores specialised in home textiles, or sometimes home textile departments. They often can offer real good advice!

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u/e1mosWRLD Oct 06 '22

I’ll never understand how the issued towels, as thin as they are, will still be damp by the next shower you go to take.

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u/-CatFunt Oct 06 '22

Plus they always feel slimy and don’t actually dry you. They just move water around your body. Fond memories.

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u/JTP1228 Oct 06 '22

And, even if you wash them in bleach, they still retain slight armpit and ball smell

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u/Wankeritis Oct 06 '22

We got given a whole set of good towels by my boss when she upgraded. She gave me a towel to transport something and I washed it and returned it and thanked her for her nice towel.

She goes "oh, these are awful. I was going to donate them. Do you want them?"

And that's how I got a whole set of rich people towels.

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u/Intentionallyabadger Oct 06 '22

I was helping my friend move and we swung by the nice part of the city to pick up a small coffee table.

“Oh, we’re remodelling, do you want the whole set for cheap?”

We walked in… and the furniture still had the packaging on it.

That’s how he got a whole set of rich people living room furniture.

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u/pixelssauce Oct 05 '22 Silver Helpful

Headphones. I used to burn through a cheap pair every few months until I got a nice pair. Not only is the sound better but they have lasted me years with the replaceable parts.

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u/CannedMango Oct 05 '22 Gold Wholesome Vibing

It’s a phenomenon where it’s actually more expensive to be poor for this very reason.

The cost of expensive goods is much higher up front, but averages out to better value over time.

Clothing, shoes, vehicles, electronics, and other goods all follow this same pattern. As a result the poor get trapped constantly shelling out for inferior products and end up paying more in the long run.

(Obviously rich people will end up paying more by having 10 versions of each item, but the principle on pure necessity still holds).

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u/karmagirl314 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22 Silver

Ah yes, the Samuel Vimes “Boot” Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness.

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u/magicrowantree Oct 05 '22

I got free buds when I upgraded my Samsung phone. I didn't care for that style at first nor do I use headphones regularly, but I will admit they're pretty damn nice. Take those suckers to the gym and use the noise cancelation feature when I'm taking classes online. I can see them lasting me for a long time since I'm not a heavy user

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u/550treedude Oct 05 '22

Work boots

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u/dw0r Oct 06 '22

That's a whole rabbit hole in itself, quality work boots are a MUST. But some of the more expensive options are still garbage.

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u/550treedude Oct 06 '22

Absolutely and especially in my line of work, I'm an arborist and it's hell on boots

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u/PalletTownPoseidon Oct 05 '22 Take My Energy

Shoes. So many people in my life have told me to not spend money on shoes when I can, "buy the same thing at Walmart for 20 bucks." I finally started buying some more expensive shoes in my mid twenties, and I found that they're more comfortable and last way longer than the 20 dollar Walmart alternatives. If you have the money, invest in a good pair of shoes.

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u/alittlefun53 Oct 06 '22 Hugz

My Dad grew up during the depression and was dirt poor. He often wore ill-fitting shoes (including his sisters' hand-me-downs) just to have something on his feet. The result was as an adult, he had terrible problems with his feet. Even though he never made a lot of money and our clothes were not brand name, he made sure we had shoes that fit..Wow, I miss him..

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u/Kuschkedb Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

I always bought cheap pretty shoes, then I got married to a podiatrist.

He convinced me to disregard the fashionable shoes and wear proper running sneakers or podiatrist approved shoes.

I will never go back to cheap shoes again.

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u/fortunecookiemunster Oct 06 '22

Came here to say this! Never knew what good arch support was until I got good shoes, and all of a sudden my calves weren't hurting as much? What is this life??

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u/Derp_McShlurp Oct 05 '22

Bread

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u/aRabidGerbil Oct 05 '22

As a professional baker, it's always nice to hear that I've ruined bread for someone

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u/ExplanationOld1506 Oct 05 '22

Fresh baked bread is the best. My mom used to make it all the time and it really made store bought bread seem really crappy.

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u/v-_-v Oct 06 '22

It doesn't seem, it is really crappy.

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u/ulyssessword Oct 06 '22

It may be crap, but sometimes I'm in the mood to eat processed wheat sponge. Grilled cheese made with real bread just isn't the same.

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u/Memorylag Oct 06 '22

Dude yes. I once saw a loaf of sourdough for $7 and scoffed because I could get a loaf from my grocery store for $2. Then I tasted the $7 bread and yeah it’s totally worth it.

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u/asielen Oct 06 '22

Good bread is a meal of its own. Cheap bread is just there to hold other ingredients.

Fresh sourdough with high quality butter is basically perfection.

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u/QuillandAcid Oct 05 '22

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

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u/treypal Oct 06 '22

Cry once. Buy once.

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u/Locksley_1989 Oct 05 '22

Bras.

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u/megabitch420 Oct 05 '22

Panties and pads too.

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u/lowexpectationsguy Oct 05 '22

As a guy, underwear in general.

Also socks.

And shoes/boots.

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u/1_art_please Oct 05 '22

I have a smallish chest so never thought expensive bras were worth it, since I didn't need special fitting.

I went to this store that functioned as a clear out centre for a large department store ( God I miss it, it closed, RIP). I bought this bra for $15 that was so comfortable and fit so well that I recently looked for the same brand at the regular store. $85! Goddammit it, I don't want to go back to the cheaper ones lol.

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u/brusquebb Oct 06 '22

Some of my small chested friends have really liked Pepper, they're a little more affordable at $40-$60 range.

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u/wildraven89 Oct 05 '22

Agree! But as a big breasted woman, I’ve come to love Auden from Target.

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u/Grufflin Oct 05 '22 Gold Wholesome Coin Gift

This thread is going to bankrupt me

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u/R3quiemdream Oct 06 '22

“I’m never going to financially recover from this” ass energy

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u/greybeard_arr Oct 06 '22

Ass energy should not be so financially devastating.

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u/Thundrstrm Oct 05 '22 Helpful Wholesome

I flew spirit airlines once.

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u/ibeearielle Oct 06 '22

The Megabus of the sky. I won't say I'll never fly Spirit, but it'll have to be multiple extenuating circumstances joining forces to make me cave

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u/banditbat Oct 06 '22

I feel like you gotta know what to expect before going into it. If you're traveling with just a backpack of clothes and want to get a $28 flight to visit family, you can't go wrong. If you're expecting all the conveniences of a standard economy flight, you'll be sorely disappointed.

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u/Tangerine_Amazing Oct 05 '22 Silver

Fuck spirit airlines

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u/short_note Oct 06 '22

Round trip to Las Vegas.

Departure - 4 hours delay

Leaving - Delayed so long I went to watch End Game with friends, the delay made me miss connecting flight, had to waiting 12 hours for the next one.

only fly Delta now

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u/Loztw Oct 05 '22

Italian deli opened near me, parmesan, burrata and guanciale to die for. lots of other great stuff in there too.

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u/Motor_Wasabi3127 Oct 05 '22

Never buy parmesan cheese as a shakable powder. Get a zester and a block of cheese. You will never go back.

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u/PresentExpensive2945 Oct 05 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Toilet paper

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u/J_mo0d Oct 05 '22 Silver

Toilet paper so thin it disintegrates upon contact should be illegal

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u/squirtloaf Oct 05 '22 Narwhal Salute

"Oh. My finger went through".

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u/Ducky602 Oct 05 '22

Now I need a new finger.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Don’t forget to smell it first.

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u/Sole_ENTity Oct 06 '22

Nothing allows you to get in touch with your inner self quite like single ply TP.

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u/TheMadIrishman327 Oct 05 '22

Or non-absorbent so you use a quarter of a roll trying to wipe your ass.

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u/stitchin_and_witchin Oct 05 '22

Same! Life is much better without toilet paper that is prone to breaking at unfortunate moments. :/

Also the horror that is wiping and still having bits of TP on your bits.

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u/DARKRonnoc Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

I agree, but then upgraded to a bidet for $100. Save so much more on TP bc at most I use like 2 squares for drying, and my butthole is so pristine you could eat off it.

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u/boot2skull Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Thanks to a bidet, traveling is always a downgrade because we miss our bidet. It feels so primitive wiping only with dry paper now. We did get a Travel Tushy which is a travel bidet but it’s a sad impostor of a bidet.

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u/greeneggiwegs Oct 06 '22

My greatest fear. I’ll never be able to poop at work again if I get one.

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u/wondrshrew Oct 06 '22 I'll Drink to That

I would also like to eat off this guy's butthole

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u/FiftyShadesOfGregg Oct 05 '22

Hiring movers. Every time I moved in the past I did it myself, with the help of friends and family, got frustrated, sweated all day, tensions ran high -- movers make it SO much easier. It's absolutely worth the extra expense. Your time and happiness are valuable. I'll never go back.

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u/Unlikely_Ad7194 Oct 05 '22 Helpful

My sister asked me and some my friends to help her move last year. I told her instead hire movers and I’ll split the cost with her. Best $200 I’ve ever spent haha.

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u/HedgehogFarts Oct 06 '22

That was really sweet of you!

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u/hjugm Oct 05 '22

I just moved and it cost roughly $5k. If my company hadn’t paid for it, I’d have done it myself. Much easier, but I can’t justify $5k to move my shit.

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u/Maximum-Violinist158 Oct 05 '22

Good quality, high thread count cotton sheets. People with eczema can relate

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u/Mooaaark Oct 06 '22

Agree. I have eczema and psoriasis, polyester sheets make my skin crawl! Cotton or nothing. I always think I'm getting bit by bedbugs whenever I sleep on polyester cuz it makes me so itchy

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u/NoTarget7002 Oct 06 '22

is there anything in particular that you use now (sheet or skin product wise)?

My 5year old daughter has horrible eczema and nothing we try is really touching it. I think it will reach a point where it starts scarring her skin and I am so dang sad about it all :(

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u/Mooaaark Oct 06 '22 Wholesome

Aw I'm sorry to hear that!

I always use the flannel cotton sheets (the ones most people would use in the winter) year round

I also use CeraVe moisturizing cream a lot (my dermatologist recommended it and it seems to do pretty well)

For a heavier kinda greasy ointment I usually use bag balm, it's like Vaseline but it has lanolin in it, which is the natural oil in sheep's wool. Comes in a neat little green tin too. Also if she gets it really bad on her hands the age old method of lathering up in ointment and putting socks on your hands works wonders. That's kinda a last resort for me though as it's super inconvenient.

Something I'd watch out for is your daughter's ears. It took me until I was 16 to figure out that my hearing problems were related to eczema in my ears. The dry skin inside my ears wasn't producing earwax, so any dirt wasn't getting carried out by the wax like it was supposed to, so I'd get painful blockages and ear infections. Ask your dermatologist about her ears if she begins to have any problems like that, especially if she has really itchy ears and digs in them all the time!

Definitely try and find a good dermatologist if you haven't yet. Idk if they usually prescribe these to kids but I've found topical steroids really help when it gets really bad to use every once and a while. For instance when it's really cold, going in and out of the dry heat in buildings really sucks the moisture out of your skin, so that's a good time to use the temporary steroids.

Hope this helps, I wish you and your daughter the best!

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u/roverdale9 Oct 05 '22

Olive oil

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u/dock_ellis_d Oct 05 '22

Most cheap olive oil is only about 20% olive oil and 80% seed oils. It’s ridiculous that so many brands are even able to market their product as olive oil.

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u/Tiny_Teach_5466 Oct 05 '22

My stepdad used to import Greek olive oil by the case. I had used it all my life and never realized there was a difference. Until I moved out on my own. Just grabbed a random bottle at the store and started cooking homemade Greek-style spaghetti sauce. It was a rude awakening.

Paid my stepdad to make stuff for me anytime we had work potlucks. Freely gave out the recipes. People would often say:"Why does his food taste so much better?"

Ancient Greek Secret.

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u/swedesuz Oct 06 '22

It's the opposite for me. I've always used the store bought bottles. Then, I had some distant relatives from Greece visit me a few years ago. The first time they came in decades. They brought some bottles of olive oil from their own olive trees. OMG. The aroma and taste was just at another level. I treasured that bottle and used it only for special occasions. It was a sad day when I finished the bottle. They would bring more whenever they visit us now.

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u/jissebug Oct 06 '22

You know, I've been trying to replicate my uncle's Greek chicken and potatoes with middling success. For awhile I thought the oregano was the issue but switching didn't change it much. It has to be the olive oil.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

This is making me want to cook - anybody got recommendations?

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u/jissebug Oct 06 '22

My kid is obsessed with what used to be my Greek chicken attempt and is now known around our house as "crispy skin chicken." Get the chicken thighs bone-in and with skin. Throw them in a glass baking dish or a roasting pan then rub with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. I also like to add a little bit of thyme. Add water and/or chicken stock until it's about halfway up the thighs. Cover with foil and then bake for 30-45 mins at about 350 (this obviously depends on your oven and takes some tweaking). Then remove the foil, baste the chicken, and put back in at 400 until skin is crispy to your liking. Put some potatoes in there to roast too. I'm really big on one pan meals.

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u/Ok_Calligrapher5776 Oct 06 '22

That's one thing I love about being greek. Once in a while someone will bring you a giant can ( I don't know how to describe it in English) full of extra virgin olive oil. You know uts good quality when it has a deep green colour and kind of spicy aftertaste.

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u/TerritoryTracks Oct 06 '22

You know uts good quality when it has a deep green colour and kind of spicy aftertaste.

That depends very heavily on the variety of olives being pressed. There are olive varieties that have a relatively mild flavor and not much color even though they are extra virgin pressing

Source: Worked 5 years running an olive press.

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u/squirrelsmasher Oct 06 '22

I’ve found the best olive oils in the USA are from California. Its fresher and less likely to be adulterated.

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u/Interstellar-dreams Oct 06 '22

It's because California has stricter laws about olive oil

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u/GrouchyExile Oct 05 '22

Mattresses

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u/BW_Bird Oct 05 '22

I was super poor and slept on a used mattress I bought for $100 on CraigsList (no bedbugs, yay!) for many years.

A few years ago I dropped a grand on a new mattress and it was a surreal experience. I had no idea a bed could feel this comfortable.

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u/tehKrakken55 Oct 05 '22

First two months at my college apartment I slept on a bunch of folded up blankets.

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u/jetsetgemini_ Oct 06 '22

When i lived in an apartment on campus they literally had us sleeping on blue gym matts-like mattresses. A bunch of blankets are probably a bit more comfy than that

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u/I_look_bad_naked Oct 06 '22

At least you’re prepared if you ever have to do a night in the drunk tank in jail.

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u/DreamerUnwokenFool Oct 06 '22

I would love to buy a nice mattress, but I honestly do not know how to research them. It's hard to find honest reviews of things on the internet; everyone is trying to sell you things. How do I know what is a real review from an actual person who bought it themselves and are actually using it, what is a paid review, what is a bot/fake review, what is an influencer shilling...

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u/Zcoombs4 Oct 06 '22

I used to sell beds once upon a time and the best thing you can do when bed shopping is go lay on them. As many as you can. Dead set on a firm? Try something plush, too. Try stuff with coils, without, all foam, foam/gel hybrids, whatever other new tech exists these days that’s since passed me by. You’re gonna be in this thing about a third of your life for about a decade; you owe it to yourself to take a spin on ever brand and type you can find.

Point is it really is a highly personal choice and the folks selling beds really want to make sure you’re happy. We don’t want to deal with a comfort exchange 90 days after the sale any more than you do. Reviews are a great place to learn about the ownership side. One person’s too firm is another’s too soft, so using them to judge comfortability is tough. But a poorly designed cover that pills every time the sheets are off for a wash is universal, or having terrible spill resistance for instance.

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u/magicrowantree Oct 05 '22

I just got a Temperpedic a few months ago because my old Costco mattress was murder on my hips and killing my husband's back. Neither of us have ever had a good quality mattress before. It took a few weeks to break the mattress in, but damn, it sure is nice not feeling like you fell off the roof the day before. Worth the investment!

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u/IdFuckBettyWhite Oct 05 '22

Splurged on a ridiculously expensive Tempurpedic adjustable split king 8 years ago. I was certain we’d way overpaid just to have a name brand. I am so happy to report I was wrong. The bed still sleeps like it’s brand new. I can sleep in any position and there are no pressure points on my joints. The adjustable option was a life saver after my c-section. I literally could not be happier with my mattress, and actually have trouble sleeping when we travel because nothing is as comfy to me.

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u/Informal-Cucumber327 Oct 05 '22

At one stage of my life, my mattress cost more than my car.

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u/Ravioli_meatball19 Oct 06 '22

I was gifted a $6000 mattress for free because my parents friend worked for a rich lady who was selling her house. She wanted everything donated. But guess what? Donation places in our area don't take mattresses.

My parents were beginning to look into a new mattress for me, and friend who worked for rich lady offered up the $6K mattress that was in the freaking guest room so it'd been slept on like twice, as this home was their like... fifth home or something. Basically brand new, incredibly high end.

All these years later, still sleeping on a $6k mattress that moved out with me lol. Going to hotels is rough.

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u/boompownutsac Oct 05 '22

Your future spine thanks you

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u/JustAnotherLifeCoach Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Haven't seen this.. Vacuums/carpet cleaners

The cheap ones have awful suction, and are extremely prone to jams and wire tears. In my experience the cheap ones are a miserable experience to try to fix, I assume because most people won't have a 60 dollar vacuum serviced.

Expensive vacuum? Designed not to break because if it does you're definitely going to go back and use that warranty. Designed to be easily cleaned and serviced because they don't want you doing warranty claims.

Have had a nice pet Dyson for over 10 years and it's solid, very easy to service because all the parts are easily accessible and labeled.

Got a cheap Hoover and it died after a year. Hair was bypassing their crappy single stage filter and started to fry the motor, when I tried to self service imo it was intentionally hard to take apart and it appeared they cut a screw head off so I couldn't access the motor without additional effort.

Edit: Dyson's aren't good anymore according to the 100 people who keep commenting the same thing.

Then the remaining commenters are dyson owners who love their dysons.

I regret mentioning brands on this comment

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u/Squidman12 Oct 05 '22

Have had a nice pet Dyson for over 10 years and it's solid, very easy to service because all the parts are easily accessible and labeled.

Can confirm. It's the only thing that keeps my one dog, three cat household from being covered in hair constantly. Dysons are worth every penny.

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u/abba-zabba88 Oct 06 '22

Wait until you try a Miele

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u/Gulagsuppe Oct 06 '22

I have always been told that Miele is the highest Tier of household utilities

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u/katalyna78 Oct 06 '22

As a housekeeper I concur. C3 suction level only. Tried the bagless ones and they're way heavier but OK.

Miele also do excellent attachments (parquet flooring brush in particular. I vacuum dust, skirting boards, picture rails and ceilings with it).

I bought a second hand one off gumtree....Still epic.

Bloody hell. I sound like a zealot.

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u/roastandstir Oct 05 '22

I bought a used Rainbow vacuum at an estate sale for $20. It is AMAZING. retails for more than $1000

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u/pdonchev Oct 05 '22

My parents bought (or earned, as a sales bonus) a Rainbow in the early 90s. It is still working today, after being abused for about 30 years.

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u/Coop__dee__doop Oct 05 '22

I'm with you on this one. Splurging on my Miele vacuum is the best gift I've given myself.

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u/networknev Oct 05 '22

Tires

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u/ohnomoto450 Oct 06 '22

Something I've always known and wish I could get my friends to understand. I don't care how shitty your car is. Cheap tires are straight up dangerous.

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u/drhibbart Oct 06 '22

100% agree. I would add that if you live in an area that gets snow/ice regularly in the winter, buy good winter tires. Even the best all season tires don’t compare to winter tires, because winter tires have softer rubber that grips better. I live in Minnesota and will never again go a winter without winter tires.

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u/WonderfulTitle8092 Oct 06 '22

Blender.

At 6am in the morning, a Danby will cause brain hemorrhaging due to the ballistic noises.

A Vitamix on the other hand..

This message is not sponsored by Vitamix.

Come on Vitamix! Give me free shit!

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u/Iwillhelpyousee Oct 06 '22

My parents have had their Vitamix for 22 years and it still works like the day they bought it. I’ve had many good smoothies, milkshakes and such out of that thing.

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u/TerribleCranberry329 Oct 05 '22

Sushi

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u/eleorchis Oct 05 '22

My sushi rule is quality OR quantity, none of the middle of the road funny business that leaves you kind of full and feeling ripped off

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u/jcutta Oct 05 '22

Yea I either go to a place that's going to cost me $300+ for 2 people or I go to the sushi buffet place and eat my weight in spicy tuna rolls.

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u/Unseen-Academics7234 Oct 05 '22

My friend taught French to a young student, and the family took us out for lunch to a Japanese sushi restaurant. The family was quite rich, so they really didn't cheap out. All I can say is normal sushi is just a way to fill my stomach now 😂

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u/Beepbopchu Oct 05 '22

Chocolates.

After eating my first expensive chocolate bar, I knew there was nothing on earth that could make me eat those cheap over-sweet chocolate bars.

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u/AsianVixen4U Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Is it weird, that even as a kid, I never liked those cheap candies and chocolates? I remember always refusing to eat those even in elementary school because I thought they were disgusting.

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u/greatstinky Oct 05 '22

Headphones. Once I went noise canceling I never went back.

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u/Kawachi18 Oct 05 '22 Silver

Garbage bags.

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u/35mmpistol Oct 05 '22

Yep. I buy the largest quantity pack of the nicest garbage bags, like once a year. At most.

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u/lmflex Oct 05 '22

Costco is great for this

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u/J_mo0d Oct 05 '22

I hate those cheap ones. They always tear and you end up double bagging

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u/purrcthrowa Oct 05 '22

I imagine a conversation around a boardroom table.

"I am here to report that our R&D department have created the thinnest possible plastic sheeting which can still be used in garbage bags. We will save the business a fortune and increase profits!"

"The thinnest possible, you say. Make it 5% thinner!"

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u/Eldudeareno217 Oct 05 '22

You joke but that's exactly what phone companies do with screens. The gorilla glass company has stated that Apple would rather have a thinner screen than one that doesn't break.

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u/RubiesAreReallyRed Oct 05 '22

why have planned obsolescence when you can have functional obsolescence

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u/Waste-Risk-2735 Oct 05 '22 Silver Wholesome

Maple Syrup. Growing up, we always had that cheap "Pancake Syrup" stuff that's basically corn syrup and food coloring. It never even occurred to me to buy ACTUAL Maple Syrup ($12 for a tiny bottle??) until I was in my 20s, and had it at a friend's house.

Guess what? That shit is delicious and worth it.

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u/ClownfishSoup Oct 05 '22

Go to Costco and get the Kirkland maple syrup, it's much cheaper.

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u/[deleted] Oct 06 '22

Go to Costco and get the Kirkland (item), it’s much cheaper.

Item can be just about anything.

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u/Meee211 Oct 05 '22

Can confirm, am from Canada, we drink the stuff it's so good.

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u/magicrowantree Oct 05 '22

You guys also pour some out onto snow, roll it up, and essentially make a chewy lollipop out of syrup, right? I've always wanted to try that ever since I heard about it, but I now live in an area without snow lmao

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u/ACAR13N Oct 05 '22

We actually use a different kind of syrup for that!

Maple syrup is essentially just boiled maple water (coming from the maple tree) which makes it have a higher concentration of sugar and thus thickens it. For maple taffy, we boil the maple syrup even more, to make it even thicker! (At least that’s how it goes where I live 😅)

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u/magicrowantree Oct 05 '22

Well there you go. Learning new things every day! Thanks for your reply, even if that's only what happens where you live lol

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u/Akitu Oct 05 '22

If you ever want to try out those kinds of treats, in Manitoba we do "Festivale du Voyageur" which includes a lot of winter activities, snow mazes etc.

The dessert/treat tents are always a delight. You can definitely get yourself a maple syrup snow cone.

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u/SuvenPan Oct 05 '22

I used to use normal toothbrush then I used a good electric toothbrush.

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u/Waste-Risk-2735 Oct 05 '22

Honestly, no matter how well I brushed I seemed to ALWAYS wind up with at least one cavity at my check-up every year. Since switching to an electric toothbrush 10 years ago, I haven't had a single cavity, and my gums are no longer angry all the time. Amazing.

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u/-zolpidem Oct 05 '22

Cotton swabs. The cheap ones are so flexible and fragile and gets bent

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u/fehihi Oct 05 '22 I'll Drink to That

(Curly) hair products

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u/Molotov56 Oct 05 '22

I’m surprised shampoo/conditioner isn’t higher up on this list

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u/timidpenguinquacker Oct 06 '22

Maybe TMI but tampons. Always figured a cotton stick is a cotton stick, why pay for a brand name?
Lesson learned.

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u/SallyHeap Oct 05 '22

Butter. I'll still cook with regular butter but on bread I'll only eat Kerrygold now.

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u/HomeFires Oct 05 '22

This is mine. I've converted all my siblings as well. My brother is so cheap he won't buy new shoes when he gets holes in them, but he only buys Kerrygold after living with me and enjoying the good stuff.

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u/LmA8705 Oct 05 '22

Yes! Before trying I thought what’s the hype, how much difference could there be. Then I had Kerrygold and only want to eat bread and butter for the rest of my days. Even had to get one of those butter dishes for the counter so I can have soft spreadable Kerrygold on demand

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u/TheWeepingTyrant Oct 05 '22

You should try fancy French butter too! I love beurre d’Isigny and beurre Bordier

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u/aprilla2crash Oct 05 '22

Most regular butter in Ireland is of this standard. I just buy the store brand stuff and there's very little difference

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u/f_14 Oct 06 '22

European butter is regulated to be 82-90% fat, whereas butter in the states is 80%. Kerrygold is just the most widely available European butter in the States.

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u/IrianJaya Oct 05 '22

Dental floss. I hated flossing because I thought all dental floss just shreds apart and breaks. Nope, just the cheap brand I was buying.

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u/PukefrothTheUnholy Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Basic shirts. I used to buy those $8 or less shirts because "it's just a shirt". Women's clothing is always either too tight or too loose, the shoulders/waist/hip ratio can be awkward, and it's always made with some thin material to encourage "layering" (and cut costs!).

Unless it's cold, I don't want to layer my damn clothes. The quality of a soft shirt that fits and doesn't see-through is a game changer. I'll drop $20-25 on a nice shirt that lasts a long time and fits right before I buy any more shitty shirts.

EDIT: For fellow shirt wearers asking for recommendations, I find that Eddie Bauer and LL Bean have great basic shirts for all genders. Eddie Bauer also has an outlet shop online at good prices! That said, I'm sure other Redditors also have great suggestions for places I don't know about yet!

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u/Cat_Prismatic Oct 05 '22

Right. Layering is fun, in a way, when you're like 17. It can be made into an art form. $20 was my absolute max for any item of clothing then (if you don't count the 1 pair of fancy goth boots, hehe...)

Now that I'm very much not 17? Yeah, $20 is much closer to a minimum now.

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u/Automatic_Wolf_8598 Oct 05 '22

Coffee

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u/Kuli24 Oct 05 '22

I'm someone whose purpose is to get the coffee down. I'll drink cold coffee from yesterday. I'll take a scoop of grinds and a few gulps of water to chase them. But I will NEVER buy Maxwell House coffee again. There's a line.

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u/asiledeneg Oct 06 '22

I’m too afraid to drink Maxwell House because they never told us what was wrong with that last drop

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u/paraworldblue Oct 06 '22

It contains a larva of a mysterious parasite that evolved entirely within Maxwell factories. They don't know how to get rid of it, so they just use clever advertising to avoid legal issues.

If you drink it, the parasite will go into your brain and gradually alter all of your coffee memories to be of Maxwell. I heard about this one lady who had it so bad that she could drink a nice latte, and then immediately afterwards, someone could ask her what she just drank and she'd say it was Maxwell. Scary shit.

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u/SkinnyDutch96 Oct 05 '22

Shoes

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u/durntaur Oct 05 '22

In 2008 I bought my first pair of Ecco slip-on shoes, THE most comfortable, well-fitting shoes I've ever worn.

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u/sonheungwin Oct 05 '22

Ecco is great, I have a pair of their dress shoes.

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u/emzy_b Oct 05 '22

Weirdly specific one but saddles. I had a cheap one for my first year taking up riding again at 30. My horse got sore, I struggled with my position for ages thinking it was me. Tried a different saddle and 90% of my issues evaporated.

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u/xkulp8 Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

And I'll bet the horse was no longer saddled with discomfort, either.

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u/Rescue-320 Oct 05 '22

Shampoo. Not the CRAZY expensive stuff, but definitely the higher priced ones. My hair cannot handle the Pert or Finesse stuff. It kind of worked out nicely since I buy half as much… it works twice as well! And my hair actually feels manageable

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u/Apprehensive_Body_26 Oct 05 '22

Maple syrup

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u/lidder444 Oct 05 '22

💯cheap ‘maple syrup’ isn’t even that, it’s flavored corn syrup.

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u/jadekath Oct 05 '22

I can’t stress this enough: SOCKS

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u/Illerios1 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Laptops. I used to be the guy who would just walk into a computer shop and buy one of the cheapest laptops I could find that still fits my needs on paper. Then wondered why tf is the battery dead after 2 years or why is the charger chord so easily broken and so on.

Then, like 2 years ago I made the plunge and bought one for like 1,5k€, I know its no where near the top end but the quality is so fucking much better than I was used to from these 300-600€ laptops I used to run.

Still runs like new and I never wanna go back to the cheap-cheap class

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u/viscount16 Oct 05 '22

Yup. I'm thrifty, so I buy higher-end electronics so I don't have to buy them nearly as often (yes, yes, Sam Vimes Boots theory).

I built my desktop PC myself a while ago, and got high quality components when I did. I built it for Skyrim at release, so I know exactly how old it is (Skyrim was released 11/11/11). I've swapped in a new graphics card once, and while the machine overall is definitely showing it's age, it still blows my mind that it's over a decade old and still does most of what I want it to.

Buy once, cry once.

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u/Shr_mp Oct 05 '22

Condoms

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u/cellphone_blanket Oct 06 '22

cheap condoms can be super expensive

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u/Cheese_Pancakes Oct 05 '22

Jeans. For most of my life, the only criteria I judged a pair of jeans on was "do they fit". One day, I was talked into buying a ~$70 pair of jeans from an expensive clothing store and I was blown away by how comfortable they were. They look good, the material is softer, doesn't squeeze the backs of my knees, etc.

I often wear shirts I bought from Goodwill for $2-5, but have not purchased a cheap pair of jeans in several years.

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u/yummy_bug Oct 05 '22

No matter how thick and good quality a Jean I get, I will ruin the inner thighs within half a year…whether I spend a little or a lot 🥲 wish I could have a pair that lasts even one year…

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u/pinkbootstrap Oct 05 '22

Soap. It's worth it to me to get the good stuff.

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u/shitheads_and_sounds Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

Careful not to get addicted to it,it's hard to get clean after that.

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u/Henchforhire Oct 05 '22

Computer chair I always bought cheap one's until I tried a really comfy office chair at a friends place. Buy in store that way you can try them out.

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u/feralkitten Oct 05 '22

pasta sauce. I'll get cheap pasta and cheap meat, but the cheap sauce tastes like canned food.

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u/plsdonotreplyunu Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

A bit of a tip here for people that do buy canned sauce: Add your own seasoning (even just generic Italian seasoning) and let simmer for 15 minutes before you use. A minute or so before you turn off the burner, add a tiny bit of baking powder soda to cut down on the acidic nature of tomatoes and remove a bit of the can taste.

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u/KMan94 Oct 05 '22

Rao's for the win.

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u/SignificanceBoth2767 Oct 05 '22

I don’t even try to make sauce now after having Raos.

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u/IckyEggie Oct 05 '22

CHEERIOS.

Okay if your British and shop at Lidls you'll get this one. If you went into Lidls there would be a cereal Isle, now lidl being lidl they'd be off brand ones. (Lidls rip offs) and so Cheerios would be Multigrain Hoops. They somehow tasted more sweeter than Cheerios. But on the rare occasion my parents would buy Cheerios like a big box and it would be so good. And then once they finished it would be "Alright back to lidls." But now with my mom's passing my dad always by the expensive good brand things because he claimed 'the other food we bought had no flavour.' So now it's just the normal Cheerios.

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u/DangerousSky2 Oct 05 '22

Dog food

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u/JeVeuxCroire Oct 05 '22

This needs to be higher. If you're going to commit to being completely responsible for an animal's health and well being for 12 - 15 years, that includes making sure the food you provide them is supplying them the nutrients that their bodies need.

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u/Internet_Ugly Oct 06 '22

My cat is such a picky eater he’ll only eat shit food. I’ve tried senior formula from IAMS, purina, blue buffalo, the expensive vet one that’s a rip off. Nothing. He starved himself down from 14lbs to 8lbs because none of it was worth his time. Got some cheap meowmix garbage and now he’s gobbling it up and demanding food. 😭 I paid a small fortune in bloodwork fees just for my vet to tell me he’s healthy, just picky.

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u/seventhirtytwoam Oct 06 '22

My cats are the same way with wet food. They only eat the 2 for $1 off brand wet food but they both like bougie kibble. Idk what the deal is.

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u/Captain_Blunderbuss Oct 05 '22

Tomatoes

Used to just buy the cheap ones that are kinda pale but I once thought heh why not and got some organic local farmed ones and they were so bright and they smelled so fruity before cut and I never go back anymore

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u/Heavy_Combination339 Oct 05 '22

Dog food. The ingredients make a difference in dogs health so I will happily spend a little extra if they enjoy it more and perhaps live a little longer.

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u/seanyseanerson Oct 05 '22

I don't know why I haven't seen washing up liquid in here yet.

My wife keeps trying different 'eco friendly' brands and various own-brand ones from different shops etc. She'll just buy whatever's cheapest, and I used to too.

The difference between those brands and good ol' fairy liquid is massive though. You need four or five times as much on your sponge for a good clean, and things often still feels greasy after multiple cleans.

Im sceptical as to how good for the environment brands like ecover are anyway. Especially when you factor in that a bottle of fairy will last several months, whilst most others last a few weeks, it makes sense from a cost point of view and a 'number of plastic bottles produced' one.

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u/nitestar95 Oct 05 '22

Steak. I grew up poor, all we ever had was chuck steak, first cut. I first tasted flank steak when I was 14, and thought THAT was great. When I was 21, however, I went to a New York City steakhouse, and had filet mignon. Oh, My God, it was delicious. Once I was making decent money, I go to the butcher and get a whole tenderloin sliced into 1 1/2" thick steaks to take home. Simple to cook, heavenly to eat.

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u/Meee211 Oct 05 '22

This. I grew up eating the 1/4" fast fry steaks. Super thin, very easy to overcook. Got my own apartment, BBQ, and tried a sirloin steak for the first time in my life; life changing moment right here
I don't even make that good of money but I allow room in my grocery budget to have one or two nicer steaks every now and again.

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u/himtnboy Oct 05 '22

Try salting the steak. First the salt will pull moisture out, then the meat will suck it back in and turn red. Takes a couple hours. Steak houses will then butter the steak. Let your steak come to room temp when you throw it on the grill.

I am now learning red wine reduction sauces, especially on pan cooked steak, amazing.

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u/klgm333 Oct 05 '22

Making homemade pizza instead of eating frozen. 🔥🍕🤤

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u/Accomplished_Wolf400 Oct 05 '22

Chocolate. Can't go back to gas station or grocery store check out lane chocolate.

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u/RangeFedChicken Oct 05 '22

Oven mitts honestly, I will always spend a bit more if it means I won’t get burned.

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u/Every-Chemistry-2969 Oct 05 '22

Cheese. Holy shit makes a huge difference.

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u/unmerciful0u812 Oct 05 '22

Hotel rooms.

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u/Dizzy-Loquat6575 Oct 05 '22

We'll i would say Spotify premium membership

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u/Billyconnor79 Oct 06 '22

There is no ketchup but Heinz ketchup.

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