My husband and I agree there are some introductory investments well worth the sacrifice because in the end they pay for themselves. For instance, we pretty much agree that a $40 a month dry cleaning bill is cheaper than a marriage counselor. Likewise, no one can argue that a small fire extinguisher for your kitchen is much cheaper than a post-grease-fire remodel.
Today we learned that the $50 quiet-close / no-slam toilet lid found at the local hardware store is significantly cheaper than a panicked trip to Urgent Care after 5 p.m. on a Friday evening with one of your little boys screaming and yelling. Penile contusion, that's all I'm saying.
Invest in the little things.