20 Things Worth Spending a Little Extra On

Voting Rules
Vote on items that are worth the extra money.

List of items that are worth the splurge--items you can feel good about spending extra money on. No matter how big your budget may be, it's smart to cut out expenses that you don't need and focus on purchasing items that are truly worth the money. This is the basic idea behind budgeting. Smart consumers take this concept one step further and target things worth splurging on, save up and buy those products. The idea is to have a balance of expensive, high quality, luxury items and second-hand or discount items. Some of the best fashion items to splurge on include designer handbags, shoes, sunglasses and expensive perfume. Since these items have a big impact and help you look well put together, you can then go ahead and wear second hand clothes or basic tees if you want to.

Some things are just worth spending the extra money on--whether it is for convenience, appearance or utility. Consider a situation when you buy cheap kitchen knives that quickly become dull and don't work very well. You will have to continuously replace them. A nice set of kitchen knives are worth the splurge because they will work better, last longer and you will not have to replace them as often. Many kitchen, home, and personal products are worth the money that it costs for higher quality.

Which items on this list do you think are worth investing in? Which ones are smart investments and which could you easily do without? Vote on your favorites and add to this list.

  • Average price: $1,000-$3,000

    Why it's worth it: Cheap mattresses can damage your back and neck and cost you precious sleep.

    You are likely to sleep on your mattress (almost) every night of your life, invest in a great one.
  • 2
    367 votes

    Average price: $80

    Why it's worth it: It shows when you are wearing a bra that is cheap or does not fit well.

    Bras are the foundation of all of your clothing and are worth skipping over the discount bin and investing in.
  • Good Kitchen Knives
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    Price: $150-500

    Why it's worth it: will save you time and will last a long time
  • 4
    349 votes

    The price: $361 (average domestic airfare)

    Why it's worth it: Layovers cost time and money

    For budget travelers, it feels natural to just purchase the cheapest flight available to you destination regardless of how many stops you may have to make along the way. If you are on a super tight budget, this may be okay, but if you put a premium on your time and comfort, it may be better to spring for the nonstop flight.

    In addition to the increased chance of delays and lost baggage, consider all of the additional money (and grief) a layover will cost you: pay-by-the-hour Wi-Fi, overpriced (and usually) gross airport food, baggage lockers, or--if you opt against those--tired arms and sweaty brows as you lug your carry on baggage to your next gate.

  • The price: $200-$1,000

    Why it's worth it: this will be a staple in your wardrobe for years and it can be a statement piece.

  • Average price: $200

    Why it's worth it: Hair is really easy to mess up and it is usually one of the first things people notice when they look at you.