Save or splurge: Leisure stuff

To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.

Precor C956 | $2,200 (used )
Treadmill
Precor C956 | $2,200 (used )
Save or spend: Spend
These days you can buy a treadmill for as little as $100, but it's really no bargain. The machine will lack stability and cushioning - and you could end up hurting yourself.

"Step onto a cheap treadmill and it'll wobble," says personal trainer Paul Frediani, author of "Tri Power."

Quality treadmills are sturdier, with oversize steel rollers, welded-steel frames and big motors (Precor's C956 is 410 pounds).

A good one costs $2,000-plus. For a deal on a gym-quality treadmill, go to the secondary market. Recently a refurbed Precor c956 was selling for $2,200 on GlobalFitness.com; a new one costs $8,000.

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