I’m not ashamed to admit that, frequently, I cut corners to save money on personal care items. I buy white-label just about everything. I stopped using shampoo. I scoff at the idea of a $12 skincare product. 12 American dollars? Who am I, a Kennedy? But I have come to realize that, in this life that are just worth it, there are some products worth springing for, either for your health, your comfort, or the the betterment of the planet.
The key is knowing which items in your life can safely, efficiently be made and sold inexpensively, and which are problematically cheap. Which is to say that some things come inexpensively because someone else had to suffer to create it, or because they’re made with crappy materials/filler/things you don’t want in or around your person.
On the other hand, some products don’t cost a lot because, frankly, they don’t cost a lot to make, process, and ship. Bread, for example, is pretty inexpensive to make at a decent quality, for a low-ish price, as long as wheat crops are doing relatively well. Yes, you could buy really nice bread from a local artisan bakery, but if you’re between pay checks, the stuff at the grocery store that’s the lowest in sugar and preservatives (and preferably non-GMO and organic) is also an acceptable choice that won’t clean you out, financially speaking.
But knowing the difference can be tricky, and can take some research–though luckily, the internet has made it easier than ever to do your homework, and order responsible stuff, wherever you live. So, just to get you started, here are just a few worth-it products to keep in mind.
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