Do You Get What You Pay For, Or Pay Extra For Nothing?

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I have been talking about the true costs of staying with a company or product not because it’s the best fit or best financial decision, but solely because they’re in our comfort zone. Thankfully we are both in agreement.  Part of the reason we can both live & work right here in our NE Texas paradise is because we both make sure our money is always spent wisely.

We know just going the cheapest route is seldom a good idea.  Sure, you may initially save a few bucks. But if the product isn’t of high enough quality to give you satisfactory performance, it’s really not that good a deal is it?  It’s true you oftentimes get what you pay for.

BUT, (and this is important) it’s also oftentimes true that by being complacent you could very well be paying much more for a brand name or just to stay in your comfort zone, but NOT for a product or service that is the virtually the same elsewhere for significantly less.

Money To Burn? Don't get stuck paying much more than you should! Don't go with the status quo because that's the way it's always been. A little research can pay off BIGTIME! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Vehicles – It’s Not Always About The Name On The Hood

For instance, there is a very well-known tractor company that produces a fine product.  But (in my humble opinion) they’re also very overpriced. I feel by buying that tractor you’re paying more for the name on the hood than what’s under it.  Our tractors, lawn mowers & vehicles were purchased based on research, past experience & customer satisfaction ratings.  Only at the very end of our vetting process do we consider price.

Electric Provider

The same can be said for electric providers. That big name electric provider doesn’t deliver  different electricity than some of the smaller and less-known providers.  The light switch is flipped and the light comes on.  Literally – NO difference. 

Over half of the states in the US now allow energy choice.  So if your state allows competition, just a little research for the best option to suit YOUR family can save tons.  Competitive Energy has a state-by-state map to help you choose.

Don't get stuck paying much more than you should! Don't go with the status quo because that's the way it's always been. A little research can pay off BIGTIME! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Here in Texas, RancherMan checks the website Power-To-Choose (a Texas electric provider comparison site) any time our electric contract is about to be up.  And the little bit of time he spends researching saves us money

Every. 

Stinkin’. 

Month!

Our home is very well insulated and it’s laid out in a passive-solar design.  These are features we purposely added to our home to keep our future monthly electric bills low.  So energy usage for us is already minuscule.

But with a little research RancherMan found a company called Infuse Energy. I’d never heard of them before but they offered a plan that was a great fit for us with how we use energy.  With our plan, when our usage stays below 1000 kwh per month it’s a flat rate of $25 plus taxes.

WHAT?? REALLY??  $25?? Oh yeah, really.

Do some research for your own energy usage, the dough you save could be huge and you can save it over & over again each month!

Cell Phone Provider

And what about cellphone providers? Yeah if you’re paying for that brand new cellphone via monthly payments during a 2-yr contract than that certainly makes sense to do so. But what about when your contract is up? If you make no changes you’re STILL paying for that phone, month in – month out.  Oh how the cell providers love you!

RancherMan & I are utilizing a cell service using the very same AT&T towers we were using before, but significantly (and I mean SIGNIFICANTLY) cheaper. 

We bought our iphones outright several years ago so we were never pigeonholed into a contract in the first place.  Now we’re paying month-to-month, and never being pressured to upgrade our perfectly functional phones ‘just because’.

Don't get stuck paying much more than you should! Don't go with the status quo because that's the way it's always been. A little research can pay off BIGTIME! #TaylorMadeHomestead

My cell plan includes unlimited talk & text plus 500 mb data each month.  My cost?  $18.  Yep, you read that right!  If I find I need more data one month for whatever reason, I can buy another block of data easy peasy.  But I’ve never had to do that. 

Now part of the reason this works so well for us is because we have wifi available during our typical workday since we work right here on the Homestead.  Plus I don’t go online often from my phone.  But this company also offers different plans with more data at a slightly higher cost.

Don’t pay that big-name cell company year after year because that’s just the way it’s always been… Research to find the best deal for YOU.

A Closer Look

The same can be said for any number of companies with which you spend money regularly – Insurance companies you’ve been with since you were a teenager so you feel obligated to continue doing business with them, car dealerships because your dad bought from there when you were a kid, grocery stores because hey, it’s the one I’ve always shopped – and many others. 

If a company or product offers you something that’s valuable to you, by all means go with your gut.  My biggie is customer service.  Heck I’ll spend more money (within reason of course) with a company that offers exemplary customer service.  So I get that.  I really do.  But don’t get stuck paying more than you should just because it never crosses your mind to compare!

~TMH~

C’mon by & sit a spell!  Come hang out at our ~TMH~ Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea.  There are lots of good folks sharing! 

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7 thoughts on “Do You Get What You Pay For, Or Pay Extra For Nothing?

  1. Nancy

    So here is an update on my “wild yeast”. After feeding it for about a week we refrigerated it because neither of us care for sour dough. I decided to try baking with it on Wednesday, so I took it out of the refrigerator to bring it to room temperature. One of the websites I read said don’t feed it before using. So we didn’t and I think that was one problem. Another was I didn’t let it get warm enough. My bread, after letting it “rise” for six hours and another two in the pan we had a loaf of bread, that tasted fine but was……if I say 2 inches high that was pushing it. So back to the drawing board. I went to another website. Weed ’em and Reap. We fed it Wednesday night and let it sit out Thursday. This morning it was nice and bubbly. I made the bread and let it rise, again for 6 hours and about an hour and a half of two in the pan, we had 2 great loaves of bread! So, to sum it up, as Weed ’em and Real says, don’t feed it for 6 hours before using, but do feed it. But also, let it sit out. We left it out overnight and I made the bread the next day, around 11 ish. Both websites did say about 6 hours to rise in the bowl and two in the pan. So if you do make this be prepared for an all day event. I don’t mind, though because i just went about my daily chores and left it to do its thing. I would be willing to continue to make my wild yeast. Interesting enough, my son in Milwaukee was telling me that the yeast tastes different depending on where you are. So yours will make the bread taste a little different from mine. I would love to try a new batch when the blackberries are ripe, or down there when the honeysuckle is blooming. Both of these smell delicious.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yea for persistence, Nancy! Your son is right, I’ve also heard wild yeast takes on a different taste for different locations and even time of year. ~TMH~

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  2. Nancy

    I will, I’m pretty excited about trying it. The website I was reading said 1/2 a cup yeast for 3 cups of flour. But I was thinking the yeast was free, we have almost a full quart jar, compared to 5 or 6 dollars for a little jar. And we made it from things we always have, anyway.

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  3. Nancy

    Hey Tammy, This doesn’t have much to do with big things but my son and I finally got around to making our own yeast. We started with WW flour, which I already had, added water and a little bit of lemon juice, also something we always have. About 5 days later, have yeast. I’m going to make bread with it this week, so I’ll let you know how it goes. But I made this with out spending anything and not buying either that jar or the little packets.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I was reading another site’s comments about making yeast just yesterday, Nancy. Let me know how your bread turns out. ~TMH~

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  4. Evelyn Edgett

    This advice also pertains to buying tools and appliances. I used to buy the most expensive circular saws that had all these extra features, paying far more than necessary. Nowadays I just buy a good quality, simple saw for a lot less. I do a LOT of research before we buy anything big (except for trucks–that’s the Redneck’s area of expertise. Me? I just stick the key in and go–a vehicle is just something that gets me from point A to point B. The Redneck despairs of my ability in the realm of truck buying.) Good post!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I agree Evelyn. I’m totally onboard with paying more money for better quality, but not for bells & whistles I don’t need and won’t use. Nor simply for the name on the tag. And I agree with you on the truck-buying thing – that’s all RancherMan’s job. I’ll happily ride in the passenger seat of said truck watching the countryside go by, but I know nothing about the nuances of buying a truck. ~TMH~

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