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UFMC Flunky > Spending More for Better Quality

January 2nd, 2020 at 05:25 pm

I declared January was going to be UFMC success.

Blew it on the first day. I have, however, decided that my new approach to spending money is going to be buying better, but less.

My family was in need of new towels. I had some Kohl's cash to spend ($30) and I thought I'd use those funds toward that purchase. Certainly $30 should cover new towles for most of us (six). I fell in love the luxury bath sheets by Vera Wang. $25 for one! Their sale was buy one, get 50% off. Plus I had 25% off purchases, so I ended up payingo ut of pocket $45 for new wonderful towels for the family.

Definitely a frugal fail, but I do feel that I scored high in the better quality department.

Next step up to replace will be my every day dishes. I purchased two sets of white ones from Walmart last year in November. Very disappointing, as they are all scratched up from every day use. I used pfaltzgraff for years without wear and tear and just got tired of the pattern. I'll be switching back to that as I can upgrade.

7 Responses to “UFMC Flunky > Spending More for Better Quality”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:

    One way to replace your dishes might be to pick a very popular Pfaltzgraf pattern and shop thrift shops, yard sales, and eBay. Many years ago, my aunt and uncle bought a summer home and were ok with mis arched dishes, but they started with a few plates in ‘the Old Curiousity Shop’ (not Pfaltzgraf, but an interesting and evidently popular pattern). With many of us keeping an eye out, they built up quite a collection in a few years.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    $45 for new towels for a large family is reasonable. But yes, if you are setting your eyes on replacing things you will spend money, unless someone gives you something for free. I would also like to replace our dishes, using our wedding china, but it is now chipped and plates are missing. Will keep an item or two for sentimental once I find what to replace them with!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    If I were you, I would not give up. After all, it sounds like you actually got a pretty good deal for something that you already knew you needed.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Even expensive dishes can get scratched up. My son's Vera Wang dishes, only ten years old, are pretty bad. I would say a matte finish is risky. Go shiny! My Johnson Brothers dishes are like new after 30 or so years.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    I think you're learning the different between price and value, which is a good thing. Sure, you could buy 6 towels for $30 but they'd be crap and you'd end up replacing them in a year. We have towels that we've had for 15-20 years and still use every day. Yes they were more expensive but there's a reason for that.

    Same goes for dishes. You bought cheap Walmart dishes and they're shot after a year. We have Corelle that we've probably had for at least 15 years or more and it still looks brand new.

    Spending money for good quality IS frugal because buying stuff that lasts and doesn't need to keep getting replaced saves you more money in the long run.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I don't think you flunked...good towels are a joy to use and tend to last longer than the cheap stuff.

    As for dishes, Lots of Ideas has a fine idea, even if you don't do Pfatzgraff. Thrif shops are full of them since most younger folks don't care for the sets of dishes many of desired. I have Blue Willow and have many different ones, like CB some are Johnson Brothers and others are Churchill. They hold up after lots of washing and those in the dishwasher still look good.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think the towels were a smart buy, definitely not a fail. Good quality towels that will last a long time, vs. cheap towels that you'll have to replace in a few years ...

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