mattress close up

15 Cheap Things Which Will Cost You In The Long Run

We all love a bargain. In this disposable world, it is easy to buy something, use it once, and then throw it out. Products are becoming so cheap, that it is worth it, right? Well, here at Durability Matters, we always recommend paying for quality. That does not mean paying a lot, but it usually means paying a little more.

There are many instances where opting for the cheaper product will save you money initially but cost you a lot more in the long run. Don’t believe me? Well, here are fifteen such products.

1. Mattresses

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. It is time to recharge your energy and let your subconscious work out any worries and stresses. Not sleeping can cause a world of problems.

Not all mattresses are created equally, and the better-quality ones will cost you a little more. That quality is going to go a long way and, along with the getting better rest at night, the mattress is going to last you a lot longer than a cheaper one.

2. Electronic Gadgets

While it can be tempting to opt for a bargain, there is a reason why the more expensive electronics are more expensive. They are built with better components which means they perform better and are built to last. I am still using my MacBook which is seven years old and have not yet thought about upgrading.

3. Cars

toyota pickup truck

New cars are getting safer and safer. They are also being built with better materials and components. Just look at a Toyota compared to some of the older cars. A Toyota is going to last a lot longer and save you money in the long run. If you can afford a good car, then there is no reason not to buy one.

4. Contact Lenses

Your eyes are extremely important. Try closing them for a few minutes and trying to function. If there is any chance that you could put your sight in jeopardy, then you should avoid it at all costs. I am not saying that cheaper contact lenses will damage your eyes, but I am saying that more expensive contact lenses will give your eyes more protection. After all, contact lenses bring enough hazards on their own.

5. Shoes

While we are talking about parts of your body which are essential (of which there are a lot), we have to talk about your feet. The right pair of shoes will comfort and support your feet and help you to avoid a lot of aches and pains.

Cheaper shoes have soles which will wear out quicker along with midsoles which do not have as quality cushioning. Higher-quality shoes will last you longer, protect your feet, and prevent you from injury.

6. Paint

accessories for room painting

A cheap can of paint may seem like a good deal. After all, you are only covering a wall with it. You may also find that cheap paint can cover as much wall as a more expensive can. The difference, though, is that the cheaper paint will not look as good when it is on the wall. The more expensive paint will require fewer coats which will result in you spending less money.

7. Lawyers

We all claim to hate lawyers but can we really blame them when it is the lawmakers who make the laws so baffling? At some point in our lives, we will require the help of a lawyer, be it to make a will – or to avoid a prison sentence.

If a deal looks too good to be true, then it probably is. The more expensive lawyers are the ones who have studied more and have more history. With something important, you want to make sure that you are getting the best.

8. Bulbs

LED bulbs are relatively new in the market but are making quite the splash. If you have not yet switched over to LED, it may be because of the price. Why spend five dollars when you can spend one? The thing is that that one dollar is going to be spent over and over. Over the course of a few years, you are going to be changing that cheap light bulb many times while you will not change the LED (a typical LED lasts for at least 25.000 hours). The incandescent bulb is also going to cost you a lot more money in energy costs.

9. Toilet Paper


Who wants to spend an exorbitant amount of money on paper which is going to be flushed down the toilet? Well, it is not all about comfort; it is also about how much you use. The higher-quality product has more ply than the cheap product, meaning that you use less. In the long run, the cheap product is going to cost you more.

10. Bicycle

Is there much of a difference between a cheap bike and a more expensive one? Well, yes there is. The more expensive bike comes with higher quality components, better tires, and a more durable frame. Not only is it going to last you longer but it is going to cost you a lot less in maintenance too.

11. Wi-Fi

If you jump onto someone else’s free Wi-Fi instead of investing in your own, you are going to save yourself some money but at what cost. When you have your own Wi-Fi installed, you know what you are getting. When you jump on someone else’s you never know what will happen. Is the free Wi-Fi worth the risk of malware, viruses, or having your identity stolen?

12. Tires

a close up of a car tire

Not all car tires are created equally. Lower-grade tires have a shorter lifespan than the higher-grade ones. Much of this is down to the materials used and the construction of the tire. These tires wear down quickly and can pose a safety risk if you are not careful. You may end up paying an extra hundred dollars or two for quality tires, but the risk of injury makes the cheaper ones worth avoiding.

Related: How Long Should Your Tires Last And How To Make Them Last Longer?

13. Contractors

You should always shop around for the best deal, but that does not mean settling for the cheapest contractor. You can find a good deal, but often the cheaper workers are the ones who will do a shoddy job and will not come back to fix any mistakes.

If you think that you have found a good deal, then check the reviews and look into the company with your local business bureau. Talk to the contractor first and get a feel for the kind of work which they will do.

14. Appliances

We all know that appliances are not built to last, and that makes buying new ones stressful. It can be tempting to go for the cheaper option, knowing that you are going to have to replace it at some point. If you do go with the cheaper model, be prepared to replace it sooner and spend more money in the long run. Shop around for a bargain, but investigate the appliance first and check the reviews.

15. Hotels

hallway in a luxury hotel

I love to stay at hotels, and I love to shop around for a good deal, but I have also found that the cheapest option is not always the best option. If the price looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Check out the online reviews and ask if your sanity is worth saving a few dollars.

There are bargains to be had out there but there are also times when buying the cheaper product is setting you up for failure. Cheap products will save you money initially, but you will be out of pocket in the long run.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *