Normally I am a storebrand type of girl. I actually think the Kroger peanut butter tastes better than Skippy or Jiff. However, my new tweezers started me thinking about things that I am willing to spend a little bit more on-- MAC eye shadow, Eggo syrup, Hotel Collection sheets, Thomas O'Brien towels, Gillette razors (for Nate), skirts from Banana Republic, UGG boots, etc. It just seems that in some cases the name brand item is actually significantly better. I always try to catch these items on sale when I can, but I just hate it when I have to settle for something else.
So my question is, what items will you absolutely not substitute lesser quality for? A brand of jeans? hair product? cleaning supplies? a food item? Even when you're pinching pennies, what do you choose to splurge on?