As I type this post, I’m sitting amongst the lowest of the low. The scum of the earth. The outcasts. That’s right. I’m flying coach. Gasp!
Let’s be real, flying first class is pretty awesome. Not only do they enjoy a couple of inches of extra legroom, but they also have the luxury of having their nuts warmed (I mean the airplane peanuts your perverts). But is it worth it? Not for this ninja. First class is nice, but I’d much rather save that $50-$100 and be slightly uncomfortable for a few hours.
For me an upgrade to first class just isn’t worth it. There are, however, a few things I will almost always upgrade.
I’m totally obsessed with photography and I’ve got to warn you, it’s an expensive hobby. I got my first digital SLR this last Christmas. I, like many others, decided to lose my dSLR virginity to the Canon Rebel. The camera comes in three different models: the XS, the XSi, and the T1i. The XS is the cheapest model at about $500 and the T1i is the most expensive at $706. Instead of being totally frugal and getting the cheapest model, I did a little research and decided the cost increase for the XSi was worth it to me. Even though it is about $100 more than the XS, it has some features I didn’t want to miss out on. Six months later, I’m still in lust with my camera and am glad I went with a slight upgrade. Here’s a picture I took of a friends baby this weekend…
Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way. I’ve always owned the normal $0.99 toothbrushes from Target, but a few months ago I decided to “upgrade” to an electric toothbrush. Only problem was, I was too cheap to drop the $80-$100 on a Sonicare. Instead I opted for the $20 no name one. Big mistake. It sucked. The motor in it was so weak that it would stall when I’d push the bristles up against my teeth. Let’s just say, I tossed that toothbrush a few days later. I’m still too cheap to fork out the moolah for a Sonicare, but if I do venture back in to the world of electric toothbrushes, I’ll be sure to upgrade to a legitimate model.
I don’t know if this technically qualifies as an upgrade seeing that I put regular unleaded in my car like most of you probably do. The upgrade isn’t in the type of gas I buy, but where I get it from. I’ve read some pretty interesting reports about the negative impacts “cheap” gas can have on your car. Filling up at Chevron or Shell may cost a couple bucks more than stopping at Arco, but good quality gas has a pretty significant effect on the overall efficiency and lifespan of your vehicle. I’ll gladly pay an extra $0.10/gallon if it means I’ll get better gas mileage and have less vehicle maintenance.
What are some areas of your life where you’re comfortable paying for an upgrade? Do you fly first class? Book nicer hotels? Pay for premium memberships? Buy the middle or highest grade models of a certain product?