Have you ever stopped to think about what it actually means to have choice – what it really means to have options? I mean if you look at just about everything and anything that’s for sale in this world, there’s always what is referred to as the entry-level option and then the options generally improve in quality in proportion to their increase in pricing. It generally appears as if the higher the price you’re willing to pay, the better the quality you’ll get or you just get to enjoy a wider variety of options to choose from.

It’s everywhere — you just have to look around to see it. What device are you using to read this blog right now? Is it the most expensive of its kind? Is it the best of its kind? Is it just the right mix between coming at a nice price and having all the features you’d like in a device of its kind?

Sometimes that’s what it’s all about — finding the right balance between costs and features, a way of thinking which mounts a serious challenge against the old notion that the higher the price, the better.

Entry-level goods, products, services or anything else that’s for sale isn’t necessarily the worst you could ever do for yourself by mere virtue of it all being “entry-level.” Take the latest iPhones released by Apple, for example. I think I’d have a very strong argument for going with an entry-level model and perhaps just tweaking it a little bit with the addition of a waterproof case from Case Haven, and then laying claim to the fact that my “new” iPhone is far better than the very latest model on the market.

I believe there’s a much bigger lesson to be learnt here in that it all just comes down to doing what is best for you and your specific situation and not necessarily taking what the advertisers tell you as gospel. After all, they’re just trying to make money off of you by selling you some stuff with highlighted features you probably won’t even use.

If one practices this way of thinking in all areas of their life, things tend to go along a lot smoother in terms of efficiency and in terms of the finances.

Sometimes spending just a little less does indeed save you a lot more in the end, but you definitely have to know how to do it cleverly. To expand on the iPhone case example — merely buying a case to go along with my entry-level device is an example of spending just a little bit more to ultimately save a lot more in the end because I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped my phone in my life, calling for some expensive screen repairs which one just cannot avoid at times.

So always seek ways in which you can spend just a little bit more if that little bit extra has a way of saving you a lot more in the future. Examples are all around, from buying a bigger container of your protein shake to take advantage of the bulk-buying discount, to filling up your tank completely so that your fuel economy becomes a little bit better.

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