"I'm too poor to afford cheap stuff" is another good one. My motto is, if I touch something every day, and rely on it to work, then I buy the best I can afford to buy. There is a point of diminishing returns, of course. That point shifts for different folks, though. But also, if I touch it every day, I try to make it something I really enjoy. That way, I get quite a bit of small joys from long days. I will pay a little extra for that.