Budgeting is an important life skill, but as a homeowner or renter, there are some things you shouldn’t compromise on. Here are some investments that are worth spending more on now, to save you money down the road.

Furniture

Poorly constructed furniture will wear out quickly and repurchasing broken pieces can actually end up costing more than buying higher quality furniture from the start. Make sure your furniture essentials, such as your mattress, bed frame, couch, dining table, and chairs are sturdy enough to last for years.

Contractors

If you’re having work done, make sure it’s done right. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations, check reviews, and make sure the company you choose has a proven record of quality craftsmanship.

Paint

Bargain paint isn’t always the deal it’s made out to be. The savings you net per can may actually be lost as you require more layers of paint to get the job done. Higher quality paint often goes on more smoothly and evenly, meaning less aggravation and better results. It will also typically stand up to more wear and tear, meaning your paint job will last longer than a bargain paint option.