Every day we face some version of this age-old dilemma, “should I invest in a long-term, better quality solution, or should I go for the temporary fix?” From choosing vision aids, to personal hygiene choices, health procedures, or even financial solutions, we strive to make decisions that make sense to us at the time, without the full knowledge of the what the future will bring.
The trade-offs are different in every situation, with some answers being more clear in some situations than in others. That’s why I’ve decided to share a couple of instances the debate comes up and what influences my decision in each case.
- The Razor Blade vs. Hair Removal
Obviously, everyone has a unique “hair” situation, regardless of your gender or your cultural background. For someone who doesn’t mind shaving because it’s not a daily part of their routine and they don’t suffer from sensitive skin or quick regrowth, shaving with a regular razor blade is a no-brainer. However, if you grow hair in tricky spots or need to shave every day for your job or lifestyle requirements, intense pulsed light hair removal might be a better, if initially more expensive, solution. IPL hair removal is a safe, easy, painless and quick solution to unwanted hair with much longer lasting results than a plain razor blade. Depending on your unique situation, you might even save money once you add up the cost of regular shaving including the price of razor blades, shaving cream, and aftershave or moisturizer. However, don’t discount what comfort, ease of mind, time savings, and convenience means to you.
- Physiotherapy versus Surgery
Your doctor will probably have a slant towards one or the other depending on your condition, the injury, your insurance, and your general state of health, however there are many times that these are the two main options that recovering individuals face. Whether it’s back pain, joint deterioration, or a torn tendon, you usually have a few options and timelines to face. Physiotherapy might seem like a band-aid solution that doesn’t exactly solve the problem, though depending on the issue, could be a better option. For others, surgery means a significant recovery time and greater risk, however a chance for a fuller recovery than what physiotherapy alone would provide. Again, depending on your unique situation, lifestyle, and exact medical problem, your health care provider may have a recommended path to follow.
- Glasses versus Laser Eye Surgery
The price of laser eye correction has been decreasing over the years due to the increase of availability and advances in technology, yet still a large portion of the population prefers to fix their vision problems with eye glasses or contact lenses. While to some, springing several thousand dollars on a laser correction procedure seems like a no-brainer, others can’t justify spending that much money at one time, even if it would vastly improve their quality of life. What helps me with the decision is breaking down the cost for a lifetime. All the eyeglasses, contact lenses, solutions and sprays definitely add up over the years. Laser eye surgery is a one-time procedure that often comes with a lifetime guarantee and a series of financing options. However, for those who have extended coverage which includes the purchase of traditional eyewear but not laser eye surgery, the procedure might seem like an overpriced and unnecessary luxury. Before making the decision, remember that it’s a lifestyle choice. For some, like athletes or members of the army, having perfect vision without any additional aids is a priority, not an optional luxury for which they are willing to pay a premium and have fixed permanently.
These are only several of the real-life decisions that we face in which we must choose between a short-term and long-term solution, along with the implications that they bring. As always, there are always two sides to the coin and many perspectives to take into consideration when deciding between several options. However, after carefully weighing out all the arguments in the light of your current and future situation, the answer will come to you. If not, consult someone with expertise or experience in the field who will be able to assist you in choosing the best option for you, financially and personally.