My lawn mower finally bit the dust this past summer. After 10 years of very faithful service (with less than three oil changes in its lifetime) it moved into the “too much trouble to repair” category. So, I found myself at a big box warehouse staring at 17 different choices. They ranged from $200 to $600 and I had more options to choose from than my last car purchase.
Which one should I buy?
- The cheapest one?
- The most expensive?
- The one in the middle?
Over the course of 10 years, the difference between the cheapest and most expensive mower is about $40 per year.
I’ve learned the hard way that the cheapest option really isn’t that cheap. For instance, I used to buy a new backpack blower every year. I would buy the cheapest one I could find for less than $150. It would last one summer and then not start the next season. So, I would throw it away and get another one. After repeating that for several years, I finally decided to buy the best product I could find. Today, that $500 backpack blower is still going strong after 5 years. Now THAT is cheaper!
Think about your projects. Are you tempted to go the cheap route?