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When you were still in school, you were probably able to get by with cheap products that did their job but didn’t always last for more than a year. Whether you had more pressing financial concerns like rent, textbooks, and tuition, or you couldn’t put in the time to shop more consciously when you were so busy living the life of a college student, you probably weren’t married to your belongings, and that’s completely understandable.
Now that you’ve graduated, however, it’s a good time to take a step back and reevaluate the way you shop and live. You likely have more time and more disposable income, meaning you have the opportunity to make changes to your quality of life. They don’t have to be monumental – we’re not asking you to buy a car or home – but they can help you approach your post-grad life with renewed gusto by improving how you cook, sleep, dress, manage your personal finances, and otherwise take care of yourself.
The shift to higher-quality brands and products doesn’t only improve your life in the short-term. Because they’re made with better materials and processes, they’ll last for years (yup, in the plural) and will stick with you even through other major life transitions.
As a recent grad myself, I know it can be difficult to stomach a purchase over $100 and break the habit of only buying the cheapest option available. However, having tried many of the products below, I now understand the value, both financial and emotional, of investing in long-term solutions rather than wasteful and unsustainable quick fixes.
If you’re a new college graduate, you should invest in these 18 things.
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