Wednesday, March 9, 2011

When Do You Pay Top Dollar?

There are certain things in this world you will buy despite their costs.  If you can't find a discount, you will brace yourself, bite the bullet and empty your wallet because you believe they are worth the expense.

In my opinion, everyone has a list of things he/she will pay top dollar to get -- where quality rules.   You will pay serious money even if it means you have to delay the purchase while you save up, or do without other things in order to afford the things on your list.  Let's make it interesting by sharing some of the items on our lists.  They can be big or small: 

Mine are in no particular order:

1. Pillow
2. Mattress
3. Bed sheets - Must be 100% cotton with a high thread count.
4. A sharp kitchen knife
5. Comfortable walking shoes - When your feet are happy, you are happy.
6. Warm winter coat - Lands' End has quality coats for a good value.  If anything happens to LE, it's back to overpaying.
7. Fancy birthday cake and/or fine chocolate - We all need rewards and special treats to celebrate special occasions.  And, the treat should be worth the calories. 
8. A comfortable home in a safe neighborhood - I have to like the location and layout.  It's where I nest.
9. Education - Look where good schools got Kate Middleton. "A mind stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions."  There are lots of good schools!
10. A reliable car - When I lived outside the city, I drove a Honda Accord LX and liked listening to the radio and music while driving.  It was my nest on wheels and kept me safe and mobile.

Lucky 11 bonus item: Face serum - Stay tuned for a future post, where I'll explain why it's an essential.

That's what made my cut.  Everything else is negotiable.  If you'd like to share a few of your own choices, please do.  Our lists can change as we move through life.  So no need to over-think.  Have fun with it.
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  1. I agree with all ten, but have reservations about number 11. You'll have to prove it to me!

  2. 1. Travel (not necessarily first class)
    2. Movies (even though it's cheaper to wait for the DVD.
    3. 7th row center orchestra on Broadway
    4. 7th row center orchestra at the Ballet
    5. Colored pens with a good feel to them

  3. I am not a brand snob, but once in a while I will pay up for an expensive glass of Scotch or Bourbon- kind of a treat but you can taste the difference.

    Definitely I go for expensive hotels where possible- it's always good when away from home to be in a nice place. Usually, paying more gets you a nicer "nest" (an important concept when away, as much as at home).

  4. My husband and I are foodies. Gourmet restaurant meals.

  5. A Bruce Springsteen concert. Been to 407 in different cities and counting!

  6. Great answers everyone. I enjoy reading what your priorities and passions are.

    @ Mike and Maria, I went to a benefit where Bruce performed, with a BS fan who uses all of his vacation days to fly all over the world to see Bruce play. He's probably been to as many concerts as you and said, Bruce gets all his venues to reserve rows in the front of the stage where fans are allowed to buy standing room only tickets to see his concerts. This stops ticket scalping of the best seats. So Bruce looks after his fans, and obviously, they adore him.

    @Loretta, I'll see what I can do. Researching it now.