For example, as I mentioned in a previous post, I buy the girls' book bags for school from L.L. Bean. While I believe the price has increased recently, I purchased each book bag at the beginning of the last school year for around $20. Since the book bags hold up so well, we are using them again this year, which means that it really only cost me $10 per school year for their book bags - a very good bargain!
It is the same way with dress shirts for my husband. We pay a little bit more up front for a certain brand, but the amount of wear he gets out of them breaks the cost down to very little. In these instances, when I know that I'm going to be paying a bit more for something up front, I track down any coupon or free shipping code that I can find.
Are there certain items that you pay a bit more for, knowing that you will recoup the cost in the long run? Find more ideas for frugal living at Frugal Friday hosted by Life as Mom.