Buy It For Life: Are Quality Products Worth the Investment?

Buy It For Life: Are Quality Products Worth the Investment?

"Oh, I totally get it! BIFL!" my friend said.

As I read the transcript, I asked the question: "BIFL? What does that mean?"

"Buy It For Life," was the answer I received in the chat window.

This was the first time I had ever heard the formalized construct of buying something that was higher quality in the hopes that it would last longer, but it was actually something I had considered for quite some time.

I think my awareness of this issue first came at a very early age.

One day in elementary school, we were introduced to the concept of sweatshops. At that young age, I felt that buying products that were produced in substandard conditions to be sold to consumers for a cheap price was wrong.

As I reflect on this many years later, I also consider the aspect of transactional costs:

What is the real cost of getting things cheap? Keep reading » about Buy It For Life: Are Quality Products Worth the Investment?

Grow Your Garden and Your Savings With These DIY Gardening Tips

Grow Your Garden and Your Savings With These DIY Gardening Tips

One of my first and best childhood memories took place in my parent’s garden.

I was chewing on green onions and pulling up radishes, trying to convince the girl next door that this was a good idea.

Today, I consider myself lucky that my parents kept up their gardening hobby. My parents pretty much fed our entire family (and then some!) with what they pulled out from the ground.

Gardening is hard work, but it’s also highly rewarding. And it’s not all toiling in the sun – it can be a very meditative and social experience if you so choose.

It can also help cut down the monthly grocery bill during the summer. Keep reading » about Grow Your Garden and Your Savings With These DIY Gardening Tips

Mulling Over Mowers: A Comparison of Gas, Electric and Push Lawn Mowers

Mulling Over Mowers: A Comparison of Gas, Electric and Push Lawn MowersAt the end of October last year, while blissfully in the middle of my final mow of the season, my lawn mower hit a large stone.

It sputtered, yelped and stopped.

I rolled my mower back into the shop and borrowed my neighbour’s to finish up, knowing that mine had given me eight good years and likely couldn’t be fixed.

So when Spring came around, I knew I was going mower shopping before the grass got too long. Being frugal, curious, and wanting to turn a new mower into potential household savings

...I began calculating what my annual costs are for mowing my lawn.

I did a comparison of my lawn mower options, from gas to cordless electric, and here’s what I discovered:

Not all lawn mowers are made the same

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Don’t Gamble With Online Shopping: How to Get It Right The First Time

Don’t Gamble With Online Shopping: How to Get It Right The First Time

These days, online shopping is so mainstream that almost anything can be purchased at the click of a button – from groceries to cars, and even pets.

Sometimes buying certain items such as electronics or clothes can seem like a gamble since you can’t test the product or try it on before purchasing.

However, with the right search forums and reviews, you can gather enough information to make an educated decision and feel confident about making your purchase. At the very least, most products can still be easily returned even when purchased online.

But whatever is on your shopping list, make sure to follow these tips before clicking the checkout button: Keep reading » about Don’t Gamble With Online Shopping: How to Get It Right The First Time

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