Did I Really Save Money by Buying Cheap?

Buying cheap doesn't save money in the long run

20 Aug Did I Really Save Money by Buying Cheap?


Buying cheap doesn't save money in the long run

A few months ago I bought a wireless mouse and keyboard to relieve the stress on my neck and upper back from working on a laptop all day long. I wasn’t sure how well the whole thing would work with my setup, so I decided to buy the cheapest set I could find.

I most certainly got what I paid for.

The keyboard is awkward, the keys are large, and it looks like it was made very cheaply. But I was ok with that. After all, I only spent $15 for the set. I really didn’t expect super high quality.

I also didn’t expect the batteries to wear out so quickly, however. The keyboard is only on its second batter in several months, so I’m pretty happy with that. But the mouse is a different story. I’ve gone through countless batteries since I bought this thing. You’d think it’s a kids’ toy the way it uses up batteries.

I tried the cheap batteries ($1 per pair). They lasted a day or two, maybe three. I tried the expensive batteries ($2.50/pair). They lasted a week, give or take. I tried the really expensive batteries designed for electronics ($3.50/pair). They lasted two weeks, give or take.

It dawned on me last night that I’m spending upwards of $5-10 per month just on batteries. That’s so not cool. I’ve spent more on batteries since I bought this thing three months ago than I spent on the whole keyboard and mouse set.

So now it’s decision time. Do I spend a little more on a better quality mouse? Do I just buy a USB corded mouse and put up with the cord? Do I spend another $20 on a battery charger and two sets of rechargeable batteries?

What would you do?

8 Comments
  • krantcents
    Posted at 14:22h, 20 August

    It depends if you really need a cordless keyboard/mouse or not. I use the normal corded kind myself.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 19:58h, 20 August

      Yep. Want: definitely. Need: not really. I could definitely get by with a corded mouse.

  • Marie at FAmilyMoneyValues
    Posted at 19:14h, 20 August

    Sounds like my printer! The ink costs a fortune, even when we buy the refilled cartridges!

    I use a mouse with a usb. The cord is irritating, but less so than having to run after batteries every few weeks!

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 20:01h, 20 August

      Yeah, my printer is expensive on ink as well 🙁

  • Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think
    Posted at 06:27h, 21 August

    I’d switch back to the corded mouse, and call it a day. It’s a little annoying, but those old fashioned corded, optical mouses (mice?) seem to last forever.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 05:26h, 22 August

      yeah, I think you’re right.

  • 1step
    Posted at 15:10h, 22 August

    Often times you think you’re getting a bargain, but end up spending more money in the long run. I’m going to write a post soon on my cheap packaging tape experience with my recent move.. thrilling i know 🙂

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 16:09h, 22 August

      oh, that sounds exciting. I can’t wait to read it!