Golbguru of Money Matters and More Musings is one of my favorite writers. Just yesterday, he wrote 12 Things I Will Never Spend A Dime On. Interestingly, I found 5 items on the list that I have spent my money on.
- Gillette Fusion Power – I mentioned switching to the Gillette Fusion Power back last year. Golbguru notes that the cartridges are a rip off at $18-$30 on Amazon. I found that Amazon can charge $3.50 a blade. However, I bought my razor blades on Ebay and paid around $1.66 a blade. I get about a month from each blade. Overall it’s a great value for a superior shave to anything I’ve ever used in the past.
- Electric Tooth Brush – I own an electric toothbrush and have enjoyed it for nearly 3 years. My teeth had never been so clean. The dentists I have talked to have said that the sonic brushes simply do a better job than people do with a conventional brush. Golbguru found an electric toothbrush for $129… My Ultrasonex is on Ebay for $20 as of this writing. If that $19.95 price makes you think it’s a gimmick you can buy a newer $50 version.
- Color Inkjet Printer – I just mentioned buying this yesterday. Since I already have a laser printer for low cost of printing, I’m not concerned about ink jet prices. I didn’t need to get a color all-in-one, but it was no more expensive than the black-and-white printers. I got mine on a sale at Costco saving about $100 off the price on Amazon.
- GPS Navigation Unit – Of all the purchases I’ve ever made, this is probably the most helpful. Since we moved out to California last year, I have relearn the whole area. I’ve used a map before and just can’t remember every turn, which you’d need to do because you don’t want to refer to it while driving. That’s a serious driving hazard. However, my GPS unit just tells me exactly where to turn. It also saves me a lot of planning in advance, since I just need to have the address of where I’m going. Before GPS, I could get lost and be a half hour or an hour late to appointments. After, I’m on time. It’s paid for itself a few times over with that benefit along. You can get a good GPS machine on Ebay for around $200, much cheaper than they would have cost just a couple of years ago.
- “Memory Foam” Mattresses – Golbguru takes exception to the nearly $6000 Tempur-pedic mattress. While we didn’t go for a memory foam mattress (Energi Gal doesn’t like them), I do have a memory foam pillow. It’s a generic one that cost me about $20-$25, not a bad price. When we looked at mattresses at Macy’s we found that normal, non-memory foam mattresses could be $10,000. I’ve also seen generic, non-Temper-pedic mattresses at under $999 for a queen size. Of course, nowadays there are better (and much cheaper) options mattress options like this Nolah Signature air foam mattress.
In the end, the lesson I learned is to evaluate the value behind the purchase. When reviewing these products, I found that putting a little thought behind the purchase can make it a wise one.