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Mandi Woodruff summarizes:

Everyone likes to save a buck.  But sometimes in life, being cheap will cost you.

Why put up with an inferior product when you could invest in something high quality that is much less likely to disappoint? 

We culled the responses in a Reddit thread asking consumers to list pricey items that they never regret buying. Here are the best of the bunch. 

I'm including my six favorites below. Watch for the koala reference!

Tools: "Bad craftsmen blame their tools. Good craftsmen buy good tools."Tools: "Bad craftsmen blame their tools. Good craftsmen buy good tools."

Ballpoint pen: "Spent $4 on a kickass ballpoint pen. Ridiculously smooth and comfortable. My handwriting speed and neatness improved dramatically. Never going back to the $2 for a pack of 10 again."Ballpoint pen: "Spent $4 on a kickass ballpoint pen. Ridiculously smooth and comfortable. My handwriting speed and neatness improved dramatically. Never going back to the $2 for a pack of 10 again."

Cutlery: "Can't beat a sharp knife when chopping up food."Cutlery: "Can't beat a sharp knife when chopping up food."

Shoes: "Rule of thumb: don't skimp on anything that separates you from the ground."Shoes: "Rule of thumb: don't skimp on anything that separates you from the ground."

Shaving cream: "I got one of the fancy kinds as a gift a few years ago, and I can never go back. It doesn't even feel like I'm shaving. It's more like being softly nuzzled by a friendly koala."Shaving cream: "I got one of the fancy kinds as a gift a few years ago, and I can never go back. It doesn't even feel like I'm shaving. It's more like being softly nuzzled by a friendly koala."

Farm fresh vegetables: "I have been getting most of my vegetables at the farmer's market lately and I don't think I can go back to my supermarket. I love to eat my tomatoes raw. They taste different. Sweet, almost spicy."Farm fresh vegetables: "I have been getting most of my vegetables at the farmer's market lately and I don't think I can go back to my supermarket. I love to eat my tomatoes raw. They taste different. Sweet, almost spicy."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/expensive-items-that-are-worth-the-money-2013-6?op=1

Or go straight to the Reddit thread:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1gp4n8/what_is_an_item_you_decided_to_spend_a_little_bit/

Important thing not on the list:  Toilet Paper.

Yes!

Another important thing not on the list: Mattress.

Buying that Latex Mattress really made a huge difference in my ability to sleep.

They said tempurpedic.... tho that's a joke and kind of made the whole list dubious, but the sentiment is correct!

Yes, "tempurpedic" I took to mean "don't buy a cheap mattress".

I appreciated looking at the different options, and I'm super happy with the Latex Mattress I bought.

By the way, this list wasn't written by one person. It was crowdsourced by Reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1gp4n8/what_is_an_item_you_decided_to_spend_a_little_bit/

Sonicare too.... I don't think i'd have any teeth right now if i didn't have my sonicare... lol... def worth the $150 

I didn't realize Sonicare was worth it. Bras, tights, and socks: YES!

So what's the right mattress to get?! 

The right mattress is different for each person. That's why there are so many kinds to try!

The key is to try a bunch of different types before you buy, and think about what feels best.

I highly recommend trying a latex mattress. Jason built his own (!!!) but I bought mine pre-made.

I agree that you never want to go cheap with a tattoo.

Here's Weird Al Yankovic with a little ditty about that:

Bras:  Le Mystere       Tights:  Wolford      Socks:  Balega     Lipstick:  Dior   Wine:  Whatever

Wait, which lipstick brand you buy matters but which wine you buy does not???

Even among $5 wines there are good ones and bad ones though.

Wine: Barefoot      

Toilet Paper: Quilted Northern (I used to buy Costco's Kirkland brand to save a few bucks, and boy, was that a mistake)

Better than vice versa!

That is too hilarious! And a scary thought. 

Scary and hilarious:  In the Reddit comments under "Can't beat a sharp knife for cutting up food" someone responded "or people" and someone else responded "what's the difference?"

Wow, that is scary. I guess there is no difference...if you're a cannibal!

I PREFER cheap toilet paper! That quilted squishy stuff does not come near my buttocks.

LOL. You can buy the cheap stuff in bulk and then it's REALLY cheap!

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