Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

You Can’t Afford To Buy Cheap Stuff

We all love a bargain. But what may look cheap at first, may cost you more down the line.

Take shoes.

Suppose you only have $40 in disposable income and are in need of new footwear. 

A good pair of work boots cost $70. Almost double what you can spend. So you go for the affordable option and get something that’s only decent.

The kind where the sole wears out after a few months of heavy wear. Sure, it looks like the boots are holding up to the average observer, but the bottoms of your boots are so beat that you can find your way through a cobbled street with your eyes closed.

So once you’re sick of carrying an extra pair of socks to replace the soaked ones on your feet, you buy another so-so pair of boots that’ll last you far too short.

And unless you get a pay raise, the cycle will go on indefinitely. Hundreds of dollars spent with nothing to show for it.

That good pair of $70 work boots? They would have kept your feet dry for years and saved you lots of money.

This doesn’t just apply to shoes and other products but services too. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional graphic designer to make you a logo, wait until you hire an amateur from Fiverr. 

Skimping is also a huge time waster. Hours of bargain hunting rarely lead to big savings.

And if time is money (it’s actually far more valuable) then you’re likely losing more than you’re gaining by pinching pennies.

If done poorly, being cheap can cost you more than you bargained for.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach