10 Things Frugal People Will Splurge on (Even if They’re Cheapskates)

What things can you not be frugal about, no matter what? I’m not a fan of store-brand soda. However, there are far worse things. After asking for other examples, these were voted top items that people spared no expense on.

1.  They Will Never Try One Ply

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Two-ply toilet paper is the only acceptable answer. One admitted, “I can’t stand one-ply,” and preferred something quilted. So they would never hesitate to pay the extra “$4 difference for a two-ply” bath tissue.

Related: 10 Examples of When Being Frugal Crosses Over to Cheapskate 

2.  I Would Rather Live Alone

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Many agreed that living alone and paying the total amount of rent or mortgage is far better than living with “bad roommates” to cut costs. Furthermore, they continued that their mental health is worth the sacrifice of eating “rice, beans, and ramen” for a while.

3.  Cheap Shampoo and Conditioner Destroy My Hair

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Somebody said they won’t use cheap shampoo, not because they don’t like it but because it “makes their hair feel like straw.” Another agreed and stated they only want good shampoo and conditioner, “a bottle of Matrix shampoo lasts a long time. Aveda is good as well, but quite expensive.”

4.  Do Not Buy Value Packs

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One person said they would “spend more money for an individual snack displayed at the cash register” instead of the value packs to make it an occasional treat. The “method to my madness” is not to have many snacks readily available.

5.  Real Maple Sugar Over Everything Else

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Some said they “grew up with Mrs.Buttersworths,” and when they experienced real maple syrup for the first time, they were shocked at the difference. Another shared they were a 20-something-year-old New Hampshire native who hadn’t had real maple syrup until recently when it was manufactured in their home state.

6.  I’ll Spend Money on Good Work Shoes

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Rather than buy a cheap pair of work shoes, several would browse the “clearance sections at Alegria stores.” But unfortunately, the cheap brands don’t give comfort throughout the day, and many people end up limping around by the end of the day.

7.  Buy From Local Farmers

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For one Thanksgiving this year, another recalled purchasing a turkey from “a local meat market” instead of the chain grocery stores. Everyone at Thanksgiving dinner raved about how this turkey was the best they had ever had.


Of course, buying from the local meat market is a bit more expensive, but “it was worth every penny to help support local butchers and their local producers.”

8.  Alcohol

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Wine and liquor are not to be skimped on, according to many. Several agreed that it was worth it to spend more money on quality alcoholic beverages. “I’ll gladly spend $250 on Hennessy XO that I can sip now and again versus the $50 Hennessy VS that tastes like trash and lasts half as long since I need to drink more to forget how bad it is.”

9.  A Good Cup of Coffee

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To start your day with a good cup of coffee is a necessity, various Redditors decided. They told us they would rather not have coffee than drink a terrible cup of joe. When you brew your coffee at home, “it costs more than the cheap stuff but lots less than Starbucks.

10.  There is NO Budget Spending on Vacation

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Frugality is something many people practice regularly in today’s economy. However, several noted that vacation is meant to be a luxury compared to everyday living and to “treat yourself a bit.”


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Most people think they are polite in most situations, but there are actually some mannerisms you didn’t realize could be perceived as rude. Some phrases are considered rude that people say without realizing how they can be perceived- Are You?

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Does anything that Gen-Z does make you feel baffled and confused? Sometimes it feels like the younger folks have a culture where the trends are weird, and the language is different.

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We’ve compiled a list of 18 things that are secretly just one big scam. Get ready to uncover the truth about some of the biggest rip-offs out there!

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From Ok Boomer To Eye Roll: Gen Z and Millennials Are Sick and Tired of These 28 Boomer Comments

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Older generations love giving advice and telling younger people things. While there are plenty of life lessons to learn from older people, young people are tired of hearing some of what boomers have to say.

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19 Annoying Myths People Still Cling Too Despite Evidence to the Contrary

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