Household Items: Save or Splurge?

Domestic CEO asks a panel of QDT experts about when should you save, and when should you spend, when it comes to buying household items.

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #157

Save or splurge? It’s a question we find ourselves asking often, especially about household items. It’s hard to know if spending the extra money on an item is worth it.

See Also: 20 Kitchen Items You Should Never Pay For

So to help you make your buying decisions, I assembled a panel of Quick and Dirty Tips hosts to help answer the question of when to spend and when to save when it comes to purchasing things for your home. Giving their advice today are:

  • Cheryl Butler, Mighty Mommy. This mom of 8 gives practical advice, tips, and tricks to help you add more balance, perspective, and fun into your family’s busy life!
  • Eric Escobar, Tech Talker. This computer expert and hacker helps his listeners leverage technology to be a useful and accessible tool for all aspects of life.
  • Kara Rota, Clever Cookstr. This foodie gives us a peek inside the kitchens of the world's best chefs!.

When to Save

The experts recommend pinching pennies on these items:

Dining Room Sets

Mighty Mommy recommends saving on dining room sets, because busy families tend to eat at kitchen island counters. Dining rooms only get used a few times a year, or for homework, so save money on that purchase


Tech Talker recommends getting phones that are a year or two old, instead of the ones that are brand new to the market. Getting a refurbished phone on Amazon.com will save you lots of money, and will provide you a phone that is just as reliable as a new-fangled phone.

Digital Cameras

Tech Talker also recommends saving on digital cameras -if your cell phone has the right capabilities. As long as your phone’s camera takes over 8 megapixels photos, and has 1080p for video with at least 30 frames per second, you can save on buying a separate digital camera, because your phone’s camera is probably better.

Non-Stick Pans

Non-stick pans need to be replaced as soon as the coating starts to flake, so they are not going to last a lifetime. For this reason, Clever Cookstr recommends getting a cheaper set of pans. You’ll likely go through a few sets in your lifetime, so you can focus on getting just the pieces that you need for your current cooking habits.

Smaller Kitchen Tools

Digital scales, prep bowls, tongs, graters, and other smaller items are pretty similar from brand to brand. There’s not a lot of difference between the cheap ones and the expensive ones, so as long as they fit your needs and are dishwasher safe, this is a great place to save.

Now it’s time for the fun part!