Here at Clark.com we’re all about helping you save money, but sometimes paying a higher price for a quality item can benefit you over the long term. The key is to buy things that will last a long time.
Spending money for an item that’s going to pay for itself over time is a smart investment.
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the best things to buy that may cost a bit more, but are worth it in the long run.
Money Well Spent: These Products Last a Long Time
All of these products are known for their quality and durability. Many of them also have warranties that protect you in case there’s a defect or you’re not happy with it. Let’s get to the list…
1. Athletic Running & Walking Shoes
Casual use of a good pair of athletic shoes can allow them to last for several years. But if you’re a heavy duty walker or runner, you may be buying them more frequently.
Here are some of the most popular quality brands and price ranges, according to Consumer Reports:
- Adidas: Prices range $55 to $130 for running shoes
- Asics: Prices range from $50 to $180 for running shoes
- New Balance: From $55 to $140 for running shoes, and $60 to $140 for walking shoes
- Nike: From $50 to $165 for running shoes, and $50 to $105 for walking shoes
- Puma: Prices range from $55 to $130 for running shoes
- Reebok: From $50 to $120 for running shoes, and $50 to $90 for walking shoes
- Rockport: Prices range from $70 to $100 for walking shoes
- Saucony: Prices range from $50 to $165
- Spira: Prices range from $90 to $135
2. Cast Iron Skillet
If you cook enough to invest in some quality cookware, a good cast iron skillet is something you definitely want to have in your kitchen cabinet.
Some brands, like Lodge Enamel Cookware, have a limited lifetime warranty.
If you’re searching for a good cast iron skillet, you can find ones that are 10-12 inches on Amazon for around $40.
If you already own one, it’s a good idea to maintain it: When it starts to dry out, wipe your cast iron skillet down with a thin layer of oil.
You certainly could pay for a cheap blender, but when the blades break or the motor dies, you’ll be right back in the store buying a new one.
Another Team Clark member was able to get a Blendtec for about half the price of the Vitamix and is happy with it.
If you’re going to be spending hundreds of dollars on a blender, you should be reading reviews. You can also ask your family members for their recommendations or ask a friend to borrow their blender to test it out.
4. Swiss Army Knife
Not every pocket-sized multi-tool knife qualifies as a Swiss Army Knife. The best and most storied ones come from Swiss firm Victorinox.
Instead of buying the dollar store variety, you might want to spring for a more durable Swiss Army Knife in the $20-$30 range. The pricier ones even come with a USB stick.
Victorinox guarantees a lifetime against any defects in material and workmanship.
Ray-Bans not only shield your eyes from UV rays, they come with added consumer protection: Luxottica, which owns the brand, offers a 24-month warranty on them.
Here’s what Luxottica’s warranty does not cover:
- Normal wear and tear
- Scratches on sun lenses
- Damages caused by accident, abuse, neglect or improper storage
- Unauthorized repairs or modifications
- Any issue connected to prescription lenses
6. Big Green Egg Ceramic Grill
The Big Green Egg is popular because it works like a barbecue grill and smoker in one.
The Egg also comes with a limited lifetime warranty that covers the workmanship and materials as long as you’ve bought the product from an authorized dealer and registered it.
The prices may vary depending on the authorized Big Green Egg dealer, but here are the seven sizes they come in:
Tires are another item that you don’t want to go cheap on, but that’s not to say that you have to buy a really expensive set.
It can be a safety issue if you opt for tires that are not adequate for your type of vehicle, road conditions or climate just to save money.
Prices may vary base on your specific vehicle, but according to Consumer Reports, the top tire brands are:
8. JanSport Backpacks
9. Land’s End Clothes & Shoes
Land’s End is known for its home decor, clothes and luggage offerings. Here’s why you might want to buy shoes and other items from Land’s End rather than a discount retailer.
The store’s return policy is simple and it has a guarantee that says “if you’re not satisfied with any item, simply return it to us at any time.”
As you can see from our list, there are times when it makes sense to spend a bit more, especially you’re buying a product that will last forever.
No matter what it is that you intend to buy, money expert Clark Howard always advises that you comparison shop to get the best deal.
Another great way to find out if a particular product is on sale is to visit ClarkDeals.com!
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