Friday, August 3, 2007

Spend More – Save Money

When we shop, we often face decisions related to different products that do the same thing. For one product, you might have a choice of store brand, value brand, or premium brands. What to do?

When to choose the cheap product:

  1. If the product is disposable or a one-time product, don't pay for extra quality.
  2. Know what brand products are identical to value products.
    1. Clorox Bleach is IDENTICAL to store brand bleach.
    2. Batteries
    3. Baking Soda


When to choose the premium brand:

  1. If you need to use the product for years, it is likely to wear out, and it has a good warranty.
    1. I bought a very nice Fiskar clipper. After a few months of heavy use, it was not working properly. I called their customer service number. They sent me a new one. No questions asked.
    2. When I bought another garden tool with moving parts, I got a Fiskar.
  2. You like the taste better.
    1. If you like taste of Green Giant beans over the store brand, buy the Green Giant
  3. You like the feel better.
    1. If you like the feel of the good toilet paper, there is no reason for the rough stuff.

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