Don’t Forget Your Towel

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?

4 thoughts on “Don’t Forget Your Towel”

  1. A good designer handbag. I will drop $400-$500 on a good designer handbag and carry it for years. A good, classic, designer handbag will never go out of style and with good care will last a long time. I’ve been carrying my current bag ($450) for about 6-7 years now and it looks brand new and I still get compliments on it regularly. Also, I only own this own handbag for every day use and one small clutch for fancy events.

    It drives me nuts when other women will say things like “I can’t believe you spent that kind of money on a purse”, yet they’ll go buy cheap purses every few months and/or have a dozen different purses at home.

  2. Everything. I don’t buy cheap stuff because it only lasts as long as its price tag.

    Computers, cookware, appliances, handbags, clothing…

    I have yet to buy something at retail for $20 in a store that has lasted me as long as something worth $200, generally speaking.

    This is why I also buy designer consignment garments .. Higher quality and value and a lower price tag.

  3. This is an overused quotation, but I love it, so I hope you’ll indulge me.

    “The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

    Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

    But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

    This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

    – Terry Pratchett

  4. Definitely shoes. I have foot issues and walk a lot. Good shoes are definitely worth the price. Also sheets/towels to a point. Once I cheaped out and bought a Walmart sheet that was so scratchy I could not sleep on it. Buying too cheap backfired as then I went to the super expensive store that was the next closest and way overpaid for a sheet. Should have done something in the middle.

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