7 Everyday Items You Should Never Skimp On, According to Redditors

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Splurge-Worthy Products

Sometimes pinching pennies can get in the way of your saving goals — or just make your life a lot harder. A pair of hiking boots that you plan on wearing for a 15-mile trek? Unless you don't mind blisters and foot pain, you should aim to spend top dollar. That said, it isn't always easy to know what products are worth the extra cash. A particularly opinionated bunch of tightfisted Redditors recently shared products that they never skimp on, and we've compiled some of the most popular items below.


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Dish Soap

Given that thrifty folks usually look past brands, it's telling that multiple r/Frugal users are Dawn loyalists. "Dawn works, every time, without crazy amounts of elbow grease and requiring only a small quantity of soap," one Redditor writes. Experts agree. In multiple dish soap rankings, Dawn's products come out on top.


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Chargers

Buying the cheapest charger off of Amazon might seem like a good idea ... until you realize you've purchased four in the past year. Instead, Redditors recommend paying more for a charger from Anker or another top-rated company.


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Sponges

Redditors are Sponge Daddy stans. "They last forever, get super clean in the dishwasher, and are a way better experience than cheap sponges," one commenter writes of the brand. On the other hand, if you're more ecologically inclined and want to reduce microplastics, consider purchasing plastic-free washable sponges on Etsy.

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Mattresses

As the old adage goes, don't skimp on anything that separates you from the ground — and that includes a mattress. "You spend at least a third of your life in it. That’s more time than anything else. You should really push yourself to spend as much as you’re able to for a good mattress," one Redditor writes. Unsure where to start? The Sleep Foundation has a comprehensive guide.

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Shoes

While Redditors are split on which brands are best — Adidas, Dansko, and Florsheim received mentions — most agree that pricier shoes last longer and are better for your feet. The only exception is for kids who are still growing. "I put relatively inexpensive shoes on my kid because she outgrows them before they fall apart," one top-rated comment reads.

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Knives

Good knives don't have to be expensive. You just need to know where to look. One Redditor recommends KIWI knives from Thailand, which cost around $10 each. If, however, you splurge on a high-end knife from Shun or another top brand, then just be sure to have a set of "guest knives" around for housemates who're prone to throwing everything in the dishwasher.