I floss every night. I feel gross if I don't floss. But I don't use the regular floss where you pull the string out of the container. I use those wonderful eco-unfriendly disposable floss picks. I prefer the Butler brand, like in the picture to the right.
I have tried another brand or two, but I cannot stand the ones I've tried. They are way too thin and flimsy. JunkMale + thin-and-flimsy-plastic is not a good idea, because JunkMale is a stranger to subtlety and gentleness. Those thin ones always end up breaking prematurely. Look at how thin these are! Butler brand is fairly sturdy. They used to be even sturdier, but I guess they reduced the bulk in order to save money.
At a glance while in the hygiene aisle, all of the cheaper brands appear to be of the thin and flimsy variety, which I Cannot Have. So this is one area where I will not use a cheaper imitation. There is a difference between Butler and most of the others. Do not tell me that there isn't, because there is, and if you flossed regularly with floss picks, you would know.
For many other products, we are willing to go with the store brand. But there are just some things for which we require the more expensive version. Yes, require, as in, you will expire prematurely if you don't have it. When Harmony wants Cheerios, she wants Cheerios (tm). She doesn't want Toasty O's or Aldi-O's or whatever cheap knock-off. It's Cheerios (tm) or bust.
What about you? What are some wonderfully unfrugal items whose cheaper counterparts you consider woefully pitiful?