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Don't skimp on life

Columnist Walker Moore says there are some things that individuals should not skimp on.
BY WALKER MOORE Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: April 13, 2013

Recently, my wife came downstairs ready for church when she noticed a string hanging off her blouse. She went into the kitchen and took out a pair of cheap scissors to cut the thread. She whacked away to no avail. The scissors wouldn't do the job.

Later the same day, she tried to open one of those packages marked with a dotted line and a picture of a pair of scissors cutting across it. Again, she tried the cheap scissors, but they didn't work. After repeated tries, they hadn't even made a dent in the plastic.

When I was in grade school, I had a pair of cheap scissors, too. I could chop away at a piece of paper until I mauled it, but never make an actual cut. As far as I know, no child has ever been cut by scissors like this. I guess the person who invented the child-sized, non-cutting scissors grew up to invent the adult-sized, non-cutting scissors. So here's my first don't-skimp tip:

1. When you buy scissors, invest in the good ones. I have some more tips, too. Here goes:

2. Don't buy a cheap pen. I bet most of you have a drawer full. You pull one out and spend five minutes to try to get it to work (I've seen those scratch marks on your notepad). My advice: Throw away those cheap 19-cent pens and spend $2 on a good one.

3. Don't buy a cheap mattress. Not all expensive mattresses are good, and not all bargain ones are bad. But do your research and get a good one. One-third of your life is spent sleeping, so proper rest is important.

4. Don't buy the one-ply toilet paper.

Put your money where it counts and switch to two-ply.

5. Don't skimp on tools. At times, I've been the recipient of the thoughtful gift of cheap tools. They don't work, and any job you use them on takes twice as long. I don't want my surgeon using equipment he bought from Tools R Us, and I don't want tools like that, either.

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