In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the author mentions how very useful a towel can be and insists that you shouldn’t leave home without it. While I’m not that attached to my towels personally I do consider that people really should consider investing some money into some things that will be used daily for a while like a towel.
In our cause I wasn’t particularly surprised when my wife one day recently mentioned to me that perhaps we should consider getting some new towels for the bathroom. After all there were starting to look a bit faded and my washcloth was starting to fray a bit at the edge, which isn’t entirely surprising given we have been rotating the same two sets of towels (2 bath towels, 1 hand towel and two washcloths per set) in our bathroom for the last 10 years. Yes, you read that last line correctly, our current towels are older than my youngest child and almost as old as my oldest son.
This isn’t to say that I’m a cheap bastard that won’t buy a new towel, but rather I’m a picky bastard that wants to use a good towel. After all if I’m going to be rubbing myself dry with something that often I want it to not feel like sandpaper or be so small that a soak half of it after drying off my chest (yes I’m looking at you cheap hotel towels). So our last set of towels were bought were not the Walmart special but rather the 100% Egyptian cotton, large, soft and well made.
Of course just because I want a good towel doesn’t mean I should spend a lot of money on it. So when store had a sale on their towels (buy one get the second for a dollar) we went looking to see if we liked them or not. If not, we would get some other sale, after all we didn’t need the new towel today, just sometime. Yet we found we like the ones in the store and found a colour that would match the bathroom and only ended up spending $69 on two sets of towels (one for us and one for our boys…my wife couldn’t find a second set for us that she liked and insisted she didn’t want just one colour for our bathroom…needless to say I just smiled and agreed). So $69 might seem a bit pricey for two sets, but when you consider I will be using it daily for the next 10 years the cost per use gets fairly low.
The problem is people can confuse the fact that sometimes spending more money on something good quality may in fact be the cheaper option per use in the long run. After all replacing a cheap towel more frequently can end add up. Let’s say you spend $20 on towels every two years, well over a decade that ends up being $100 instead of $70 for better quality.
For me I tend to be willing to invest more money into high use items like a towel, bed sheets or a pillow. But of course it does come down to what you personally value in your life. If you really don’t care what you use for a towel, go ahead and buy what ever. Just don’t forget your towel if you hitch a ride with an alien prior to the Earth getting blown up. 😉
So what do you spend more money on upfront on?