Kurt Vonnegut Jr., is known to have said “In this world, you get what you pay for.” This is true with things in all areas of life, including men’s fashion. The thing is, you can find things for cheap prices and this can lead you to believe that you are getting a good deal.
Sometimes, that might be the case. Most of the time though, you are getting inferior quality items and, while they might be more cost effective in the beginning, you will have to replace them more frequently. This can cost you even more money in the end. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things where you definitely get what you pay for.
Performance menswear, a wardrobe staple that is worth the investment for every man. Dress shirts, and especially wrinkle-free dress shirts, are a necessity for the well-dressed man. The thing is, you can go out and get cheap shirts and they can look good for a week or so. They can be difficult to clean without sending them to the dry cleaner, they must be ironed, and they can feel stiff and uncomfortable. The alternative is to get a few wrinkle-free dress shirts from a reputable company. You might pay a bit more for them at the outset, but they will look better for longer.
If you get stuck trying to figure out what the better deal is, one of the great finance tips to use would be to compare its cost for the amount of times it will be used. This is something that is simple to do and can make things seem a bit more logical. All you have to do is compare a few different items depending on how many times you think you will use them. Once you know the times used, divide the actual price by the number of times used. This is a fantastic way to logically evaluate what you spend. This works not just with clothing items, but with nearly anything you purchase.
Getting More for Your Money
If you want to get the most for your money, in terms of things we use all of the time, you might want to save up and pay cash for them as opposed to using a credit card to buy them. This automatically saves you in interest on pieces you can’t afford to pay off on your credit card all at once.
Also, when you shop can have a large impact on price. Retailers tend to have closeouts and sales at specific times each year. If you shop at the right time, you will be getting the most for your money. Here is a look at a few examples outside of men’s fashion.
- If you are in the market for a TV, the best time to shop is in January, when TVs and other electronics get marked down.
- The best time to buy exercise equipment is right at the New Year when everyone has made resolutions to be more fit.
- Jewelry and perfume have a peak time of around Mother’s Day as well as at Valentine’s Day.
- The best discounts on tools can be found around Father’s Day.
Ultimately, quality comes at a cost but is worth it in the long run. You can pay a bit less if you know when to hit the sales, but buyer beware when a deal isn’t really a deal.
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