Do you put down pine straw every year at your house?

I do and I really hate it.

It’s expensive and every year I get bitten by something that causes me to itch.

I usually find a snake too.

So I have a lot of fun the three days I spend putting down pine straw every year.

I always buy the cheapest pine straw too.

I use the logic that it’s not worth the money to get the most expensive bales of pine straw.

But this year I decided to do something different.

I had a choice between the cheap pine straw at $3.60 a bale or the expensive long-needle pine straw at $4.25 a bale.

You Get What You Pay For

For some reason, I felt like having better looking pine straw this year.

I went with the long-needle pine straw at $4.25 a bale.

I ordered 150 bales like a I normally do and it cost $637.50.

It cost me $540 last year for 150 bales at $3.60 per bale.

So I thought I was paying $97.50 more than I did last year.

I was wrong.

After spending 3 days in the yard, I used 108 bales of the long-needle pine straw to cover my front yard.

But it took me a 143 bales of the cheap stuff to cover the same area last year and it looked worse.

Recalculating The Numbers

If you look at the numbers again, I spent $514.80 to cover the front yard with the cheap pine straw.

But I only spent $459 to cover the front yard with the long-needle pine straw.

I saved $55.80 by not being cheap and using the good pine straw.

I learned my lesson.

Spending more money up front cost me less in the long run.

Looking For Somewhere to Buy Pine Straw?

Do need a place to buy it?

You can actually get it on Amazon.

Fair disclaimer, that is an affiliate link and I make money if you buy from Amazon.

I also want you to know that Amazon’s price seems expensive to me so if you can find long needle pine straw locally, go with the local seller.


I’ve learned my lesson.

You will save money in the long run by purchasing quality.

So there’s a difference between cheap and inexpensive.

And I guess the saying is true. You get what you pay for.

Can you think of additional ways it costs you less in the long-run by paying more up front?

If so, let me know you use in the comments below.

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