4 Common Household Products You Should Spend Money On & 4 You Should Buy Cheap (PHOTOS)

Emily Abbate | Aug 8, 2013 Home & Garden

living roomWhen it comes to furnishing and buying things for the home, we all have different tastes and styles. Me, I'm more into clean lines and neutrals with that splash of bright color to make things pop. Whether or not you and I have similar tastes in decor, I think there is one thing we can agree on: If you don't need to splurge, then keeping costs down is the ideal. Especially on some typically expensive home items.

From cookware and hangers to the sheets on your queen-size bed, check out our splurge vs. save guide on what home items are worth the extra investment:

What items do you spend extra money on for your home?


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  • Tools: Splurge


    A great set of tools will last you for years and years. Sure, you could buy a cheap set at a local market, but the last thing you want is the head of a hammer falling off mid-job.


  • Save: Home Cleaners


    There are tons and TONS of ways to clean your home using cleaners you make on your own. From white vinegar and baking soda to clear nasty drain clogs to club soda for carpet stains, check out this easy-to-use guide on making home cleaning products.

  • Splurge: Coffeemaker


    Let's face it: It's VERY easy to spend a LOT of money daily on coffee from fancy schmancy coffee shops. Instead of spending $6 every morning on your venti bold cup o' Joe -- splurge for a great coffeemaker instead. This way you won't even need to leave the comforts of your own home for the perfect taste of java.

  • Save: Iron


    I've had my iron from WalMart for four years now and the baby hasn't let me down. I get it, you want to make sure whatever you put onto your clothes won't ruin them. But believe-you-me, a $20 iron works just as well as a $220 one.

  • Splurge: Sheets


    I used to be the kinda lady that bought her sheets at WalMart or Target for under $30. That was until I asked my dad to grab me a set when he was out running errands and he came back with 540-thread-count cotton beauties from Costco. WOW, what a difference. You deserve to sleep in comfort. You just do.

  • Save: Hangers


    We've all seen them in stores: those fancy velvet-lined clothing hangers that are fit for a king. Sure, they're pretty, but you do not need them. Any standard plastic hangers (like these) will do just fine.

  • Splurge: Non-Stick Cookware


    The reasoning behind my must-have non-stick cookware? Healthier meals. With a big non-stick pan, you don't have to start all recipes with a major chunk of butter or olive oil in the bottom of your pan to prevent sticking.

    Plus, anything that saves cleaning time is a definite "YES" in my book. It's nice to have nice-looking cookware after multiple uses than cast iron and stainless steel pans with marks from steel wool and scouring pads.

  • Save: Hand Soap


    Sure, some of the more expensive soaps use luxury oils like shea and babassu -- but at the end of the day I'm just looking for something that'll get my hands clean. Period.

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