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But, Tera, you aren't a single parent working 2 jobs to keep a roof over your head.

You can worry about the quality to that level.

She can't.

Well, wait, I think you missed the point.

I'm maximizing the utility of my dollars. I could buy cheapie shoes for my kid, but I'd end up spending more. She wears her shoes out before she grows out of them. The cheapie shoes fall apart.

That's all I was trying to point out. You can go cheap and sometinmes that's counterproductive. I'm not suggesting that buying $85 Teva sandales or $125 Nikes are the answer. I'm just trying to foster a more reasonable mindset to dollars spent. Cheaping out is not necessarily going to save money.
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