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

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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EvaSa... EvaSamuel

Don't splurge on nonstick cookware.  All of it wears out in about 10 or 15 years.  My All-Clad, however, looks exactly the same way it did when I got it out of the box 10 years ago.  Splurge on good cookware, just not nonstick.

Candace Jennings

^I agree. When my fiancé and I moved in together, we went to Family Dollar and spent about $10 on pots because we couldn't afford the ones in Walmart that are over $100. I will NEVER do that again! They rust in the dishwasher, and the inside chips away every time we use it. I'm saving my money for those expensive pots.

katyq katyq

I am shocked that the author thinks non stick chemicals that leech into our food are healthier than butter or olive oil.

KacieLu KacieLu

Well, they are less fattening. Depending on the shallowness of the person making a statement about "healthier" things, it could apply.

Taisie Taisie

I agree with the rest of you, I think a good set of stainless steel beats ANY brand and/or type of non-stick pan, hands down! And yes, they can be VERY expensive! Candace, I have seen a set that was well over 1,000 dollars! Iw was made of surgical steel, copper filled, not just the bottom, but all the way up, but still, over a grand for like a five piece set! However, if I could have afforded them at the time, I would have bought them, and in fact, still have all the paperwork on them, as I would love to still get them eventually. Even my hubs agreed they were worth the price!

Also, I want to point out that if the author needs to take steel wool to her stainless steel pans, she obviously doesn't know how to cook in them, and/or clean them properly. She is more than likely not heating her pan up hot enough before she puts food in it, or, heating it too hot before she puts food in it. Food cooked at the right temperature doesn't really stick in a stainless steel, or even cast iron, it releases from the bottom when it's ready :)


Nelli... NellieAthome

I have a set of stainless steel cookware that is 15 years old, used daily and looks brand new. Of course I know better than to use steel wool or souring pads to clean it *cringe*

Rhodin Rhodin

I'd like to argue for spending slightly more on an iron.  Those $20 models aren't quite as good on uniforms as the Shark.

Teri_25 Teri_25

I don't know if the author has ever used velvet hangers or not because when you have tanks, dresses, and even those thin vintage Ts that Old Navy sells, using normal hangers leave dents, and can actually tear holes in clothing. They are not that expensive, and use them only on your delicate stuff you hang up.

BGarcel BGarcel

Its quite clear the author only seems to have half a clue on what to splurge and what to save... And Im amazed she doesnt know how to use or clean her cooking stuff.

Halfa... Halfadozmom

Cast iron not chemical leeching non stick!

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