One thing that I firmly believe in is buying quality things. I tend to do this on more expensive things, particularly tools and electronics. Quality pieces just outlast cheaper made products. In the end you save money by not buying things twice. As a general rule, I try to buy items made in the USA.
This Sunday is a bonus for you because I have a second Sunday saver to share. Not only should you buy quality equipment, but you need to take care of it. Keep your stuff clean and maintained and you will have it around for a long time. I have tools from my grandfather that I still use. I hope one day I can pass them on to my kids.
So, buy good stuff and take care of it. I don't have a dollar value for you on this. Just do your research and make your purchases wisely. Pay a little more up front and enjoy twice the life compared to inferior products.