There are grocery items you should always splurge on – regardless of the price. Quality is what is most important!
In my 32 years of life, one of the most important lessons I have learned is that there are appropriate times to pinch your pennies and times when you splurge. I believe there are off brands for grocery items rendering high quality aspects, as well as dupes living up to the same potential in the fashion world as trendy handbags or shoes. However, through trial and error, I’ve learned there is a right time to spend the extra dime on grocery items, even if you don’t want to.
To splurge? COFFEE.
My first item that you should always splurge on: COFFEE. A few days ago I ran into the store to grab a product for a blog post, plus a few other household staples. Our favorite coffee k-cups at this particular store were overpriced, so I grabbed the off brand version and figured my husband wouldn’t notice. Well color me wrong, because the first thing he said to me the following morning was, “Where did you find this water coffee?!” I will always splurge on coffee when grocery shopping.
Items to splurge on: CONDIMENTS.
So my second item that you should always splurge on: CONDIMENTS. Everyone has different tastes, but growing up my Mom insisted you should always buy name brand butter and mayonnaise. She grew up in a household on a budget, but her parents always spent more on Land O’Lakes and Hellmanns’ because taste rivaled price. I’ve found myself following in her footsteps and , buying name brand butter, mayo, ketchup, mustard, and peanut butter when ever grocery shopping.
Grocery shopping……DIAPERS AND WIPES.
Splurge on: DIAPERS AND WIPES. The first time I grabbed the cheapest diapers on the shelf was the last time I grabbed the cheapest diapers off the shelf. Annabelle peed right through the diaper and ended up with a rash. I won’t mention the brand that we swear by, but if you find a brand you love, then stick to it. If you’re in a pinch and see a cheaper version, don’t waste your money. The same goes with baby wipes. We love the Costco brand because they are cost efficient, great quality, and don’t cause rashes, however I know some people only grocery shopping for name brands.
BEER, WINE, AND LIQUOR.
The worst hangover I have ever had came from a jug of wine. It was roughly 3 bottles in one big glass jug for $8. I will always splurge on WINE, as well as BEER and LIQUOR, because there is no point in wasting your money on something that tastes bad and will make you sick.
Grocery shopping for : MEAT AND SEAFOOD
There are some fresh items that you have to splurge on when it comes to feeding not only yourself, but your family as well. MEAT AND SEAFOOD is a category that I splurge on in different ways. For deli meat, I buy what is fresh and has the least preservatives. For poultry, pork, and beef, I buy right from the meat counter and ask for the freshest cut. I don’t like to buy frozen meat, no matter how cheap it may be. As far as seafood goes, I will travel thirty minutes to buy from a fresh local seafood market for shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, etc, because I can’t stand the thought of frozen shellfish. However, I will buy frozen fish – like tilapia and cod – for my husband’s dinners.