3 Essential Home Items You Shouldn’t Skimp On

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Would you buy sushi from a gas station? Didn’t think so! Some edible items – like seafood – are definitely worth spending a little bit more on to avoid a night hugging the toilet. That logic can be applied to home items, too! True, you may not wind up physically ill from purchasing a less expensive light bulb, but there are other reasons to opt for a higher price tag.

Here are three home-items that are worth splurging on:

1. Light Bulbs

We know it’s tempting to reach for the cheapest light bulb option when you’re replacing a few bulbs, but resist! Instead, opt for compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Sure, they have a higher purchase price, but they only use one-fifth of the power and last six to ten times longer than their incandescent counterparts. That means that each CFL bulb can save you about $30 over the course of its lifetime! If you multiply that by all of the bulbs you have in your home, the savings will really add up.

2. Paint

A new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up a room, but there are more decisions to make than just color choice. One trip to the hardware store will prove that paint has a serious price range! The cheaper paints are more diluted, so they won’t be as smooth or have as much coverage. That means it’s generally worth skipping the bargain bin paint ($5-$15) – you’ll avoid issues like applying multiple coats, fading and cracking. Instead, opt for the middle-class paint cans ($20-$30). You’ll get a nice looking finish without having to apply a ton of extra coats. For a more detailed breakdown, read this buying guide to paint.

3. Major Appliances

If you’re large appliance shopping, there are a lot of benefits to opting for the higher priced Energy Star models. The big-boy appliances like your dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine and dryer account for the majority of your energy bill. By opting for an energy efficient appliance, you’ll save $200-$1,100 on energy costs over its lifetime! Tip: If your appliance is over ten years old, your savings will be even greater.

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