by Texas Homesteader ~
Did you know higher quality items can be both cheaper as well as sustainable? Yep it’s true, you can often buy better quality for LESS money. That is if you know the tricks.
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Quality vs. Price – Which Is Better?
It’s no secret I like to use only higher-quality items. They’re likely to be the better financial choice in the long run.
But there are only so many dollars in the budget ya know!
Still when making that final choice about a purchase 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 higher-quality whatsit.
But my choice when making a purchase is always going to be for the higher-quality item.
There are a couple of reasons for this.
Why Higher Quality Is Better Than A Cheaper Price
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 nor MORE money being spent on replacement 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!
Why Cheaper Price Frustrates Me When Buying
When making a purchase I always look for quality first.
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!
Where To Find 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. Thrift stores are a great place to find higher-quality and longer-lasting items, from sturdy cookware to well-made clothing.
And I especially love shopping at thrift stores because it closes the loop in charitable giving.
Money raised by thrift store sales often fund very worthwhile charities. You can feel good about spending your money there!
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!
High Quality Heirlooms – 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 to cook for her family. Then she passed it on 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! If there’s none available to be passed down to you from older generations, keep in mind that cast iron cookware is often found in thrift or antique stores for a song.
Lidded Glass Bakeware – CorningWare Quality
And I also have vintage CorningWare dishes that belonged to another grandmother. She used them for decades before they were finally passed to me over 10 years ago.
To me, they’re sentimental and the blue CorningWare Blue Cornflower design is so pretty!
Again I’ll probably use them for several years myself before finally passing them on to my children.
Lidded Glass Bakeware Does Double Duty
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 glass dishes. If you heat too fast it can create thermal shock, which can crack glassware)
Antiques A Good Quality ‘Used Producet’ 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 instead of the other way around.
Remember, high quality doesn’t have to be expensive!
What To Do When You Must Buy New
If you *DO* have to buy something new, at least purchase high-quality. Such things as true *cast iron cookware or reliable *CorningWare bakeware. And buy that bakeware with glass lids so it can serve double purpose cooking, storing and reheating your food.
That way even though your purchase is new, it’s pretty certain it will last a very long time.
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That corningwear photo reminds me of my Mom and Grandma! Thanks for sharing on #sustainablesunday!
Gotta love old CorningWare Katy. These are so special to me since they belonged to my grandmother. And that square cast iron skillet that belonged to my other grandmother has been cooking delicious meals for my family in one way or another for almost 100 years. Now THAT’S a quality-made product! ~TxH~
My sentiment exactly. I also have the same corning ware, it was given to me when our home burned down because she didn’t use it any longer. I have never had the desire to replace it with something new.
I try to keep in mind Amy D. of The Tightwad Gazette’s comment about spending little on disposable items, and investing in long-term items. Shoes for my kids – pretty disposable since they keep growing. Shoes for me – long-term because I invest time in their care, plus I’ve stopped growing. 😉
Thanks for linking up at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!
AAAAAAAhhhhh Barb — Amy D, the queen of frugality. I get so much inspiration from her books! Yes,, spend little on disposable, but more on long-term items. Thanks for sharing that! ~TxH~
Totally agree – high quality doesn’t need to be expensive if it isn’t new and it is a great way to give money to charity as well!
I LOVE cast-iron cookware. I never thought of looking for it at an antique store. My 3 skillets are ALWAYS out on my stove top, because I use them that often and they’re also there in case I need to bang an intruder on the head 🙂 (And yes I’m serious about that one.)
Thrift stores are where all the time-worn treasures live. They really don’t make things like they used to.
Two very true statements are “You get what you pay for” and “They don’t make them like that anymore!” I love my cast iron and my Corning Ware too. 🙂
I love shopping at thrift stores too and my hand-me-down cast iron is my favorite to cook with!
Lisa Lynn – great minds thinking alike, eh??? 😉 ~TxH~
I find the most useful and high quality vintage cooking pieces at my local thrift — made so much better than the products of today for a fraction of the price. 🙂
Nancy, low-cost quality for you, infusion of money for the thrift store, fewer items sent to the landfill. Yea! ~TxH~
Don’t forget auctions. Dishes and cookware often go for next to nothing. Lots of good sturdy furniture is usually available too. Just remember to set a price that you think you are willing to pay and stop bidding when it gets to that point—-unless it is something that just completely steals your heart away.
We’ve bought most all our furniture that way starting way back in the 70’s. It’s an economical way to buy and makes for a fun Saturday morning outing too.
Victoria in Indiana
Oh, excellent point about the auctions Victoria – and they’re lots of fun too! ~TxH~