Sorry for the gap in postings. I am heading home from a month long trip overseas, but I wanted to make this quick post to talk about the importance of balancing value with price. This trip definitely served as a lesson in picking value over just the best price.
The flight overseas and the current return trip (leg 1 completed of 3) reminded me of the need to balance so that you do not fall into the trap of just saving money for the sake of just saving it (money worship).
When we bought tickets my better half and I discussed a number of options because we were flying overseas with our infant. The flight consisted of 3 legs with a total transit time of over 24 hours. This has definitely been worth it. The flight attendants on the asian carrier we are flying with have been outstanding. They are always willing to help (i.e. respond to request for milk for our little one and not throwing hot meal trays in our lap while the little one is sitting with us- a true recipe for disaster). We will gladly pay more to fly with this airline over the carrier we flew to Taiwan with or just about any US carrier we have flown with. The extra hundred dollars was well worth it on a 30 hour trip.
On the other end of things, we learned never to buy the cheaper good diapers without testing them first. After 2/2 diapers full leakage we should have stuck to our usual brand that was a bit more expensive for our return trip. In hindsight, we should have saved some of those and field tested the cheaper diapers while in Thailand. Not while on a plane.
So remember boys and girls, frugality is not just about saving money but choosing to spend money wisely. Sometimes a bit more in cost is worth the convenience/sanity.
In what areas of your life do you pay more to ensure quality? Post in the comments below!