Three Things You Shouldn’t Go Cheap On

Nov 01

In today’s world where we are encouraged and congratulated on sniffing out a good deal, not much has been said for those products or services where choosing the pricier option is definitely still a sensible idea. You might think this is absolute madness – why pay more than is absolutely necessary for anything?! Let me explain…


Weirdly enough, this is one of the first things I ever remember my mother saying to me: ‘You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes.’ At the time I remember thinking that was the biggest naïve parental exaggeration EVER. All I wanted was to wear my scruffy trainers to the party and she made me wear smart, uncomfortable ones. It clearly scarred me for life, looking goofily smart amongst my friends… But oh, how my opinion has changed. You just can’t go wrong with a good pair of brogues. My personal favourite, for both value and quality, is Barkers, I love them. And would travel to lengths to protect them.

Usually, I prefer storing them in a drawstring bag (which can be purchased from Mato & Hash) to keep them away from dirt and dust. But upon the arrival of the rainy season, I transfer them to cardboard boxes for extra protection. I also keep them under the sun so that they do not become dull and smell damp.


They say we spend a third of our lives asleep, so show your body some respect and spend the money on the quality mattress that you deserve. There are so many choices out there. If you want to feel cushioned by the bed whilst allowing your hips and shoulders to slightly sink in, then go for a foam mattress. If you want to rest firmly on top of the mattress, then a coir mattress could be an excellent choice. Wondering how to find them? Go to your nearest store and ask for the Best Mattress in a box Australia or wherever you live. Chances are you would be shown these two among other options for mattresses. Based on your budget, you can select one.

If, however, visiting land-based shops is not your cup of tea, then surfing the Internet for a few minutes could bear some fruitful results. The web can also help you check out various guides online, such as Naturalmat Vs Winstons Beds to see which type of bedding would be best for your much-desired sleep. It is true that a bed is only as good as its accompanying mattress, but whereas you should use your mattress for 5 years max, a good bed is an investment for a lifetime. Why not look at having your bed handmade to your specifications? Browse for inspiration and to commission your very own build.

Dustbin Bags

Lots of people have strong opinions and loyalties when it comes to domestic products. Some swear that own-brand shower gel just doesn’t lather enough, or that cheap bleach doesn’t actually clean their bathroom. I have a very specific pet-hate: cheap dustbin bags. Don’t get them!

Is there anything much worse than when you’re taking your bins out at the end of a hard day only to discover that you have left a trail of some unidentifiable week-old ‘bin juice’ on your carpet because you’re cheap bin bags couldn’t take the strain of your week-long scoffing and thus ripped? Pay extra for the heavy-duty variety complete with drawstring and watch as your whole life suddenly becomes a whole lot more bearable.

If any readers think I have missed out on something equally as important, please don’t hesitate to let me know!