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13 “Purchase It for Life” Gadgets That Save Cash and Carry Happiness


[Mornin’ y’all! Got an awesome (and funny!) guest post today from personal finance legend Pete over at Do You Even Blog. Pete talks about the “Buy It for Life” Movement and why spending just a little more money on higher quality stuff ends up saving you more in the long run. Enjoy!]


“Excuse me, sir, is that this your baby?” she requested.

I’m kneeling down in the course of Wal-Mart, searching for chapstick, when a girl faucets me on the shoulder.

“Oh my, sure! Thanks! I used to be simply…um…sorry.”

It was my baby.

He had wandered off sooner or later within the earlier TWENTY MINUTES once I had been evaluating costs of chapstick.

Sure, chapstick.

Sure, 20+ minutes.

I, Pete McPherson, am a cheapskate.

My father’s a cheapskate, and his father earlier than him. It’s in my blood.

However the excellent news? Being low cost saves me cash…

WAIT, does it?

Does being low cost really save me cash?

Reply 👉 Generally being low cost prices me cash.

Introducing the “BIFL” motion (Purchase It for Life)

Once I married my spouse, I couldn’t wrap my head round how she may spend $300+ for a ski jacket.


Her argument?

“This $300 jacket will final me for DECADES, if not the remainder of my life. I gained’t have to purchase a brand new one each few years LIKE YOU.”

It was true.

I used to be infamous for getting low cost stuff (particularly garments) that will solely final a number of years earlier than I might slog miserably to the shop to purchase a (low cost) alternative.

Fortunately, like all good marriages, my spouse started to put on off on me. 😉

For the previous 5 years, I’ve been working onerous to vary my procuring habits from one in every of “avoid wasting cash now” to “save MORE cash over the long term and in addition personal higher issues.

“Purchase It for Life” is now my obsession.

However earlier than I share some enjoyable BIFL gadgets, listed below are 4 ideas behind the BIFL philosophy.

BIFL Idea 1 – Search for Lifetime Ensures

In case your Darn Powerful socks put on out 20 years from now, you possibly can return these dangerous boys they usually’ll exchange ‘em.

If the JanSport backpack you wore in MIDDLE SCHOOL is coming aside on the seams, they’ll repair it for you without cost.

Did you purchase brake pads in your car? You need to have the ability to return to the shop you acquire them from and get free brake pads ceaselessly. Most individuals don’t understand they’ll change brake pads for all times.

  • Craftsman
  • L.L. Bean
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Osprey
  • Duluth Buying and selling Firm

Each firm’s “lifetime” guarantee is a bit totally different, nevertheless it’s value attending to know which firms supply actual lifetime warranties!

A fast Google search yields 15-20 extra manufacturers that’ll enable you get monetary savings in the long term.

BIFL Idea 2 – Search for Modular Gadgets

“Modular” on this case means shopping for gadgets with elements you possibly can exchange individually.

Sure, I personal a $330 drip espresso maker (extra on this beneath).

But when something ever breaks or wears out, the system is modular. I don’t want to purchase an entire new espresso maker, I can exchange the one half.

I construct my very own computer systems and keyboards (#nerdalert), that are modular. It makes it simple (and cheaper) to replace and improve them, as I can merely improve one half.

BIFL Idea 3 – Obsess Over High quality

Warranties apart, high quality merchandise usually simply last more. 

Sure, high quality is pricey, however bear in mind what we’re going for right here: long-term financial savings!

I swear – I’ll NEVER purchase one other kitchen equipment from Wal-Mart. It’s like they’re engineered to fail after a 12 months.

Discover high quality items. Extra bang in your buck.

BIFL Idea 4 – “Purchase It for Life” Gadgets Will Additionally Make You Happier

And I don’t simply imply “Oh I purchased a extremely costly jacket and now I’m pleased!”

I imply long-term satisfaction.

That feeling that you’re spending your cash properly (and possibly serving to the surroundings, too, although that’s a subject for one more day).

But in addition…yeah.

Proudly owning nicer issues is enjoyable too. 😉

Right here Are Some “Purchase It for Life” Gadgets for Inspiration 👇

The Technivorm MoccaMaster Espresso Brewer

At $350, even my savvy spouse complained about my new drip espresso machine.

She has since caved and admitted it was completely value it (and in addition admitted I’m a bonafide genius husband).

The Moccamaster is THE. BEST. HOME. COFFEE. DRIP. MACHINE. On this planet. (Simply belief me, I’m obsessive about house espresso).

It’s additionally modular and backed by a 5-YEAR guarantee.

Darn Powerful Socks ($20-25ish a Pair)

I hate carrying socks, primarily as a result of I’m often too low cost to interchange those I’ve (with holes in them). >_<

However some time again I fired off a tweet asking for sock suggestions, and the outcomes had been clear: Darn Powerful Socks.

(Sam from Authorities Employee Fi changed his after 11 years??).

  • Top quality (although they run small in my expertise. I purchase one dimension bigger than regular)
  • Glorious choice
  • Lifetime guarantee

I’m now a loud-n-proud proprietor of two pair.

Swingline Staplers

Queue the Workplace House quotes!

It’s foolish, sure, nevertheless it’s additionally a type of “This stapler is a BEAST that my grandmother gave me, and now I’m giving it to you, grandson…” gadgets.

And it solely occurs each few months, however MAN is it annoying when a stapler doesn’t work. Why is that? I feel possibly as a result of it’s such a easy process. 😉

Patagonia Winter Put on

For these, you possibly can thank my spouse and her huge expertise with chilly climate.

It was The North Face, however their high quality appears to be going downhill lately.

Now, it’s Patagonia.

Other than being usually prime quality, additionally they have a pleasant restore coverage (you possibly can usher in any Patagonia merchandise into any Patagonia retailer they usually can do small repairs, or you possibly can ship it to them for bigger repairs or a patch package!)

A Mechanical Keyboard

Okay okay okay…this one is much less of a long-term money financial savings (how usually have you ever been changing your keyboard?), however extra of a quality-of-life enchancment that’ll final a extremely very long time.

I received my first mechanical keyboard when my Apple keyboard received a number of sticky keys, and it’s honest to say I’m OBSESSED with them at this level.

These keyboards:

  • Are modular!
  • Method manner far more sturdy and dependable than regular keyboards
  • Customizable, enjoyable and pleasurable to kind on (FYI, they don’t have to be loud and annoying. Seize one with linear switches!)

They WILL last more than regular keyboards.

Wanna study extra? I wrote a weblog put up on this 👉 What’s a mechanical keyboard? A easy information to variations and advantages.


Corelle Dishes

Simply TRY to interrupt ‘em.

I inherited some historic Corelle dishware from my grandmother (they had been uber-old and uber-ugly), and at first I hated them.

However they had been light-weight and insanely sturdy.

We’ve since upgraded to newer Corelle (that had been designed on this century) and couldn’t be happier. 

NOTE: Pottery Barn dishes are a “by no means once more” buy in our family. These are the reverse of BIFL. Ours began chipping in 12 months 2 on the slightest contact, they usually’re costly in addition!

Pyrex stuff (similar firm as Corelle!)

For those who’ve had Pyrex bakeware, you already know. 

That stuff lasts!

Yeti Coolers (or Stanley stainless-steel thermos)

Two years in the past I spent $60-ish on an off-brand cooler from (you guessed it) Wal-Mart.

I then proceeded to buy a number of luggage of ice EVERY DAY of a 3-week tenting journey.

Then the deal with received caught.

Enter the BIFL cooler: Yeti.

Y’all have NO IDEA how onerous it was for me to throw down $350 for a cooler–however now that I’m utilizing it, I’m consistently reminded that it’s a long-term funding!

I spend far much less on ice (talking of me being low cost, it’s foolish how a lot bagged ice runs), and I’m hoping to get a long time out of the Yeti.

Out there for a thermos? 

Seize a stainless-steel Stanley model (they’re apparently reasonably priced, although I wouldn’t know. I’ve been utilizing my father’s Stanley from the Nineteen Eighties).


Look, I really like me some Ikea

The place else are you able to seize a sofa, rug, and coasters-you-didn’t-really-need for beneath $400?

However in my expertise, Ikea furnishings is affordable for a cause: It merely doesn’t final.

EXCEPT: glassware from Ikea. My spouse has had the identical ingesting glasses for greater than 15 years at this level, so possibly the glass stuff from Ikea is formally BIFL.

Miele Vacuums

I personally don’t personal a Miele, and they’re undoubtedly costly, however I’m consistently seeing them talked about as BIFL vacuums.

However other than Miele, I CAN communicate to the very fact low cost, off-brand vacuums are the WORST in terms of put on and tear.

We purchased a “Dyson-alternative” off-brand a number of years in the past. We saved $100ish, however the factor sucks (and never within the vacuum manner. It’s falling aside and now we have to purchase one other one).

Fiskars Instruments and Garden Gear

Need instruments to cross right down to your grandkids in the future? Purchase Fiskars.

Wusthof Kitchen Knives

Each time I go to my dad and mom, I’m appalled by the dullness of their kitchen knives, and my father usually comes at me with “I don’t need to purchase a brand new one!”

For those who do any cooking at house (and I’d argue it’s best to), having a dependable, sharp chef’s knife is every part.

There are many nice manufacturers, however Wusthof strikes an excellent steadiness of affordability and sturdiness. 

PRO TIP: Spend money on a knife-sharpening package! They’re low cost and actually make knives like Wusthof BIFL.

Pink Wing Boots

Yet one more firm with a repute for high quality garments, or on this case, work boots.

Additionally they supply “a la carte” repairs from their web site the place they’ll exchange or restore particular elements of the boot (which is cheaper than a “commonplace” restore), they usually have a lifetime guarantee.

Hanks Belts

Why on Earth would you spend $70 on a belt?

Nicely, so you possibly can keep away from spending $20 each 7 years for the remainder of your life. 😉

Hanks leather-based is the way in which to go.

However What About You? What Are Your “Purchase It for Life” Purchases?

What manufacturers do you willingly pay extra for?

Drop us a remark beneath with a advice or two!


Pete McPherson is the founding father of Do You Even Weblog, an award-winning weblog, podcast, and YouTube channel devoted to serving to creators construct impactful (and worthwhile) companies on the Web.

He has interviewed among the prime entrepreneurs and creators on the earth, (together with Jamila Souffrant, J.D. Roth, Tanja Hester, and plenty of different superior private finance people!)




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