You Get What You Pay For

We all know that it is true, but I noticed it quite explicitly this weekend as my family and I traveled to my aunt’s funeral in Michigan.  We made it a short trip leaving after work on Thursday and stopped a little over halfway with plans to make the remainder of the drive on Friday prior to the viewing.

We didn’t have reservations instead electing to stop at a well known town in a chain hotel.  We have stayed in this brand of hotel before and I knew that they had comfortable beds and a decent breakfast, but I mainly picked it for the beds knowing I would get a good night’s sleep.  Well, I did get a good sleep in a comfortable room with a nice shower and a fair amount of space.

Friday Night

The next night we stayed in a different hotel.  My mom had made reservations when she found out that we would be able to head north and tagged along.  Of course, I paid for my own rooms, but the cost turned out to be about half of what we paid the night before.  Let me say again that you get what you pay for.

The beds were not as comfortable and I woke up with a somewhat sore back.  The rooms were not as big and the shower was a trickle compared to the other hotel.  There was nothing hot for breakfast and the choices were more limited.  The hotel simply served its purpose as a place to sleep and get a quick bite in the morning (I had cereal).

It was an interesting contrast and one that I noticed right away.  My wife commented on it as well.  Quality is often reflected in price.  How many times have you tried to save money buying a cheaper item and had it break right away?  You often end up spending more money replacing something multiple times where a more expensive initial purchase could have saved money in the long run.  Just an interesting reminder that I was able to experience.

Reminds me of my effort to save money in Vegas.  Have to share that one with you next time.

Carnivals

Here are the carnivals that have featured my various blogs over the past month or so.  Be sure to check a few of them out.

Carnival of Money Pros – GPM
Carnival of Retirement #65 – SD, PT
Carnival of Retirement #66 – GPM, PT
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #77 – PT
Carnival of Money Pros – PT
Carnival of Money Pros – GPM, PT,
Carnival of Retirement #68 – GPM
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #79 – PT, CFM
Lifestyle Carnival – PT
Well, that is all I had for now.  I have been quite busy for the past few months, and I don’t think it will be getting much better.

 

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