I grew up with a mother that lived by the motto, "more is more".
That nearly always translated into, "quantity not quality".
When I was a teenager and then into my "spend like crazy and worry about it later" early twenties I purposely defied these rules and bought only the very best my credit card could accommodate.
Since then I've become a bit more real.
And while I still would always choose fewer nice things over quantity, I can now appreciate the need to buy less than the best.
Lately I've been thinking about things that you can get away with going cheap on...and things you can't.
For instance, I would never recommend buying off brand Q-tips
masking tape, toilet paper,
laundry detergent, peanut butter,
bar soap or glass cleaner...
But store brand kitchen garbage bags meet our needs...
and my kids don't seem to notice a difference when I buy the no-name fruit snacks.
A few other things on my "okay to go cheap" list would probably be liquid hand soap,
pudding mix, body lotion,
snacks in bulk for the classroom,
jelly and, (don't crucify me for this one), milk.
What things would be on your lists?