Sometimes It's Worth
The Extra Dough

It's only natural that you do your best to buy things as inexpensively as possible. But certain items for your home are worth splurging on. Read on to discover which key home pieces that spending a little extra money on can do you a lot of good down the road.

Living room decor

Couch

Couches tend to be the focal point of any kind of sitting area, so it makes sense that it should be a solid investment piece. Cheap couches can easily collect wear and tear from regular use, and this can lead to your having to replace it sooner than you would like. Plus, having it reupholstered can sometimes cost more than the piece is worth. Instead, take the time to look for a good-quality sofa that will endure years of repetitive use.

Bed

Your bed is one furniture piece that you are going to experience firsthand every single day, so naturally you want to pick the best. A good mattress and box spring can last you well over 10 years. And because you never see those two items themselves, you'll never be tempted to toss them in pursuit of a different style. That makes a bed a pretty solid investment. This isn't to say you shouldn't look for sales — of course you should! But expect a decent bed at its regular retail price to be over $1,000. Mattress stores often have deals going on, so with a little patience and shopping around, you're sure to find the right bed at the right price.

Refrigerator

When it comes to the kitchen, the last thing you want to skimp on is the piece of equipment that keeps your groceries from going bad. A good-quality refrigerator can have features such as digital temperature adjustment, so you always know exactly how cool the items in your fridge and freezer are being kept. It may also have an alarm feature that lets you know when the door has been left open. This can prove very helpful in ensuring you don't head to bed or leave home with the fridge wide open.

Food processor

There are dozens of food processors to choose from, so it can be tempting to opt for one on the lower end of the price scale. It's just an appliance, after all, right? Wrong. A good food processor can chop, blend, shred, slice and puree your foods for years without breaking down. Expect to spend a couple hundred dollars to get one you can count on.

Dining table

A table may not seem like the most glamorous piece to splurge on, but it will prove to be worth it in the long run. The table at which you do most of your eating is sure to come up against a lot of punishment, from spills and water rings, to nicks and scratches. A more expensive table is likely to be more durable and be able to hold up more strongly against such wear and tear.

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