- My Kid's Underwear. I know this is weird, but have you looked at inexpensive kid's underwear, especially for little boys? The cotton blends can be really scratchy and I find that the elastic waistbands seems to disintegrate after just a few months. They just do not look or feel comfortable at all, and really, if you want comfortable, it all starts in the unmentionables doesn't it? (don't answer that) So, yes, I buy my children pricey undergarments, usually from Gap or Gymboree. Here's how I justify it: a) they are so soft, especially the ones made by Gap. b) they last & last, without holes, unravelling or stretched out elastic, or shrinking. And c) I buy them on sale, or at the outlet. And I find that if I buy 'em when I see 'em on sale, they don't cost any more than what I would pay at my local mass merchandiser.
- Toilet Paper. Do I have to explain this one? I didn't think so.
- Cleaning Supplies. While I find that I have a fully stocked arsenal of cleaning supplies, I have also honed it down to just what I really need. This is what works for me: On a weekly basis I use Method spray (Pink Grapefruit), Comet, Clorox toilet cleaner, and Method glass cleaner. I mop my floors with a Hann steam mop (amazing), and if I am really freaked out about germs, I do have Lysol spray. I like cleaning cloths, but recently ran out of them, and haven't bothered to buy more. I really use the spray for 90% of what I used the cleaning cloths for. Yes, I have more stuff under my sink, but the specialty items are only called upon once in a while (Barkeeper's Friend, Goo Gone). To me, it's worth it to pay $2.99 for a delicious smelling spray than to to pay $4-5 for a tub of medicinal smelling cleaning cloths.
- My Hair Cut. I cut J's and Big Daddy's hair at home - usually a buzz cut every other month or so. M only gets her hair cut once a year, and she's growing it again, so I will probably just trim it up before school starts. But mine.... well, I won't risk cutting my own, and I've tried the inexpensive places before. This is an area where I really find that You Get What You Pay For (aka the Good/Fast/Cheap trifecta) - and if it's cheap, it's never, ever, good. My hair is long enough that I can easily go 3 months between cuts, but after that I feel like my positive self-image starts to falter a little. $27 every 3 months is totally worth it.
What about you? No matter what your budget is, do you have any tried & true favorites that you refuse to give up?