by Texas Homesteader
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Did you know higher quality items can be both inexpensive & sustainable? Yep, you can often buy higher quality for LESS money. If you know the tricks.
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Quality Considered Before Price
It’s no secret I like higher-quality items. But there are only so many dollars in the budget ya know! Still when making that final choice I always lean toward quality before I consider price, not the other way around!
Yes it’s true I can buy 3 brand new cheap whatsits for the same price as this one good quality whatsit that will last longer. But my choice is always going to be for the higher-quality item.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
Most importantly, higher quality items usually far outperform their more cheaply-made counterparts. It would be a shame to save money just to be frustrated that an item doesn’t perform like it should.
Also a higher-quality item typically lasts longer too. That means it won’t have to be thrown away as quickly because it wears out or breaks. Less landfill-bound trash leaving the our household as well as fewer purchases to replace. You just know that makes my crunchy-green heart happy!
Look For Quality When Buying
When making a purchase I always look for quality. Take my cookware for instance. Sure I could go to the local discount store & buy the latest lightweight Teflon pan for cheap. (do they even still make those?)
But why? Buying cheaply-made flimsy items is sure to frustrate me in the long run. I don’t have the time nor the money for that!
Thrift Stores Offer Higher Quality At A Lower Price
But buying higher quality doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways you can have high-quality items inexpensively.
One such way is to not buy it new to start with. Thrift stores are a great place to find higher-quality items, from sturdy cookware to well-made clothing.
I love shopping at thrift stores because it closes the loop in charitable giving. Money raised by thrift store sales often fund very worthwhile charities.
So they get my money for a great cause, I get quality items, and nothing goes to the landfill. I feel good about all of that!
Pass It Down!
Another thing to consider is to always be open to items that might be shared with you. Many times it’s true what they say: They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Case In Point: This cast-iron skillet was a gift for my grandmother when she & my grandfather married back in 1934. She used it heavily for decades. Then she passed it to me several years ago.
I’ve used it for over 30 years so far and know I will be able to pass it on to my children as well.
It’s hard to beat that kind of quality! Cast iron cookware is often found in thrift or antique stores for a song.
And I also have vintage CorningWare dishes that belonged to another grandmother who used them for years before they were finally passed to me over 10 years ago. I think they’re sentimental and so pretty!
Again I’ll probably use them for several years myself before finally passing them on to my children.
I love these vintage casserole dishes. They go from oven to table to the fridge with leftovers. No more plastic food storage dishes holding our food in the refrigerator.
I’ve been pushing for years to remove plastic for storing our food. These days my fridge is almost completely plastic free. I love Ditching The Plastic in my fridge!
And the same pretty CorningWare dish holding our leftover food in the fridge is once again used to heat and serve it.
(Use care when heating cold dishes. If you heat too fast it can create thermal shock, which can crack glassware)
Antiques A Good ‘Used’ Option
Antique stores are another good place to find higher-quality items for little money. I’ve purchased many pieces of furniture from antique stores. And I’ve found them to be made of substantially higher quality than what I’m seeing in the discount stores with their lightweight veneers and particleboard construction.
The antique items I purchase are beautiful timeless classics and they look lovely in our home. And oftentimes their value actually appreciates.
Remember, high quality doesn’t have to be expensive!
What To Do When You’ve Got To Buy New
Even though your purchase is new, it’s pretty certain it will last a very long time.
Other Low-Waste Stories
- Buying Products Used: Good For Your Budget & The Environment
- Closing The Loop In Charitable Giving
- Our Low-Waste Coffee
- No-Waste Citrus Juice For Recipes
- Don’t Waste Those Onion Trimmings
- Ditch The Plastic – Using Glass In The Refrigerator
- 5 Zero-Waste Products We Love
- Food Waste in America: What Do Those Dates Mean?
- Zero-Waste Hygiene – Using A Safety Razor
- Eliminate Plastic Produce Bags
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