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10 Things You Should Splurge On

10 Things You Should Splurge On

Allie Firestone | Divine Caroline

November 18, 2010

Finances: the way my mother puts it, they’re simple. Take in more money than you shell out. Sound advice, I say. But what happens when something essential arises that I need to spend money on? I’m not talking the strap of a Louis Vuitton bag or a fancy wine, but things like health care, home appliances, or cars.

I’m trying to watch what I spend right now, but when I absolutely need something, what should I actually spend more on—rather than logging onto Craigslist or doing without—because it might last longer or because the quality is better?

1. A Mattress
It’s the place we go to drift off to sleep, roll over to start each day, and do many other, ahem, activities. This isn’t somewhere to cut corners. “A high-quality mattress will have features that make it worth more than the cheaper or used versions,” says Trudi Davis, a former mattress salesperson. She says a good mattress will be consistent in firmness—meaning the corners and the middle have equal give. It’ll also have thicker, higher quality padding that prevents sagging, making it last longer and helping you avoid back and neck problems. We spend about a third of our lives in bed. If we do it right, we can spend the other two-thirds well-rested.

2. A Refrigerator
I’d probably go without a bed before I’d go without a fridge. According to Lowe’s refrigerator buying guide, a fridge for two people should have eight to ten feet in storage space, with an additional foot for every additional person. Make sure your fridge has an Energy Star rating. This means it’ll save you money the entire time you own it since Energy Star fridges use 10 to 20 percent less electricity. A good refrigerator will also make your food last longer, with frost-free features, temperature control, and drawers that keep delicate foods at stable temperatures. That said, there’s absolutely nothing vital about some of the latest inventions I saw in my local Sears—I’ll probably forego the customizable digital displays, flat panel TV mounted on the door front, and built-in filtration.

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