Similar to my post 5 Items You Shouldn’t Bother Buying, these are 5 items you should really consider buying to save you money in the long run. Household items can get expensive but buying well the first time saves you more money in the future.
A Good Firm Mattress
I think the best buy my husband and I ever made when we first married was our mattress. Yes, our bedroom mattress. We spent a fair bit of cash on it (I couldn’t give you the exact figure all these long years ago) but it has been the most comfortable mattress we have ever had. We bought a Sealy mattress 27 years ago and we’re still using it today. I know, you are supposed to change your mattress every 7 to 10 years, according to the “Better Sleep Council”, but I just can’t do it. It’s so comfortable I’m afraid I’ll never find one like it again. By the way, who is the Better Sleep Council and why do they exist? Ah, that’s another post for another day! Anyway, we have no lumps or dips in our mattress – it’s as firm as the day we bought it, or it seems like it is. We do rotate it twice a year and vacuum it every couple of months.
The point is buy yourself a really good mattress. You need a good sleep at night to deal with your daily activities and a really good mattress is one thing people don’t think about buying for themselves. Consumer Reports has a good buying guide when it comes to mattresses at the following link. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mattresses/buying-guide A mattress can cost anywhere from $800.00 to $3,000.00. I would say you could probably buy a decent mattress between $1,000.00 and $1,500.00.
This may sound really stupid, but buy yourself a really good expensive knife. This will definitely last you forever if you take care of it. Buy a knife where the metal goes straight through the wood handle. That way it is solid. My cousin bought me a Henckels knife way back when at my wedding shower. I still have it and I still use it. A good knife may cost you well over $100.00 but well worth it when it lasts for so many years. A good knife is even better than all the electrical “slicer/dicers” you can buy. Kitchen Knife Guru has a great post on different types of quality knives you can buy and the benefits of each one. Remember, you will need to regularly sharpen it and keep it in a sleeve or knife caddy to keep your blade in good condition.
Hands down the best kitchen invention ever. Put in your food and walk away until dinner time. Yes!!! A Crock-Pot makes things so easy, especially if you have to go to work. If you prep your items the night before, such as cutting up vegetables, you can add everything to your Crock-Pot or slow cooker in the morning and leave it to slow cook all day. Again, I bought myself one when we first married (it’s a Rival Crock-Pot) and am still using the same one today. I think I’m one of the last people who has a glass top to my Crock-Pot – most that are sold today have a plastic top. There is even a Wifi-enabled pot now so that you can control it through your phone if you are at work or out of the house. There are usually a couple of sizes you can buy but I would suggest getting the larger size because as your family grows you will find the bigger Crock-Pot is better. Mine is a good size but I wish I had a larger one or one that is more oval in shape. Everything can be done in a Crock-Pot, from roasts and vegetables to desserts. The Insider has a good post by Dawn Papandrea on the 5 best slow cookers you can buy for your kitchen.
If you live anywhere – apartment, house, condo, cardboard box, you will eventually need a hammer. Something will always need to be put back in place, hung on your wall, or a do-it-yourself renovation may happen, who knows. It’s the most simple, yet most used, tool you could have in your home. I don’t know a lot about hammers but Business Insider can give you the 5 best hammer buys.
A Cast Iron Skillet
Another buy I made after we married, a cast iron skillet will last you forever. Properly seasoned, it is my go-to skillet that I use pretty well everyday. I remember my mom always having a cast iron skillet too that she used almost everyday. The great thing about a cast iron skillet is that it can go from your stovetop, to the oven, or to the barbecue or open fire. It is such a versatile pan. You can make pretty well anything in it from eggs, to steak, to stir fries to certain desserts. Seasoning it properly when you buy it is key. If it’s seasoned, things usually don’t stick in the pan. I’ve heard you shouldn’t wash them with soap, but I do use dish soap on mine to clean it. Some just use a sponge and water to clean and then dry it thoroughly which is the better way to clean it. I’m a little rougher on mine so every so often I wipe it inside and out with either canola or a vegetable oil. It seems to help protect it a little bit. This skillet will last you a lifetime. Macheesmo.com has a list of 10 reasons why you should use a cast iron skillet – not to mention he has a ton of recipes on his site as well. Joanna Pruess writes about cooking in a cast iron skillet – she has a ton of recipes as well.
These are some of the household items that are worth putting out more money for. I know you might feel that putting out $100.00 for a knife or $1,000.00 for a mattress is a bit excessive, in the long run, it will save you more. Household items that are well built will last a long, long time, are worth the extra cost and you won’t need to buy them again.