Being frugal is OK, don't get me wrong, and there are lots of ways to do so. But there's some things you should be willing to spend a little more on and get the good stuff.
Here's my theory on what not to be cheap about when you buy them.
Shoes, your feet are very important, and their health should be taken seriously. The good ones pay for them self in comfort, arch support, style and longevity.
Eye ware, glasses and sun glasses. Hey, its your eyes, hello...
Mattress, a good nights sleep is so beneficial to the rest of your day, and every day for the rest of your life. It affects everything you do.
Tires for your car. Safety first. This one doesn't mean you have to have the ultra expensive best ones, get a good set, but you need to keep them updated. Don't let them get bald and think its OK.
Healthy food can be cheap, veggies and beans and all that good stuff. Cheap food, fast food, starchy box meals etc, are just that, cheap. The sugars and sodium etc will kill you, or at least make you unhealthy and unhappy in the long run. Definitely look into a good diet.
I like to have good clothes, but its not as critical. I go to Marshalls and buy closeouts etc, so its a lot cheaper than first run stuff, I never buy that.
Anyone else have any ideas we can share on this.
Plus, ways to get good items cheaply, like the clothes thing. EBay is pretty good fur stuff like shoes and clothes that fit my fatazz, but I would be careful of knock off sunglasses and other items.