There are many benefits to skepticism, including how being skeptical of product-related claims from advertisers can save us money. Of course, one can also take this too far, potentially missing out on products that really do deliver. Here's a quick example of where overcoming my skepticism turned out to be a good thing.
Chances are good that you have been seeing vacuum insulated stainless steel tumblers like the one pictured here in your local stores for at least several months. You may have wondered whether they are any good. I was skeptical about some of the claims I heard from my co-workers, but I picked up two of the Ozark Trail brand recently, one 30oz and one 20oz. I have to say that they are fantastic. I paid less than $10 for each of them, and it was money well spent.
The 20oz (pictured here) is the perfect size for coffee, which is why I went back for it after starting with the 30oz tumbler. I found that the 30oz was too big for coffee and that I ended up drinking more than I should have just because I had the extra space. On the other hand, the 30oz size is perfect for anything with ice. I use it mostly for water or iced tea.
So what's the big deal? Simply put, when they say "insulated," they mean it. I've taken coffee to work at 7:00 am, and it was still warm enough to be drinkable at Noon. Sure, I could have accomplished the same thing with a thermos, but those usually end up being harder to clean, heavier, and sometimes require a separate cup. These tumblers are even more impressive for keeping cold drinks cold. I've filled them with ice water at 7:00 am, taken them to the office, and still had unmelted ice by 2:00 pm.
What's the downside? They are not dishwasher or microwave safe. Depending on the type and size of the cupholders in your vehicle, you may have some difficulty with the 30oz size fitting. It works fine in one of mine but not in the other. Some people will wish that the 30oz size came with a handle. It does not; however, this is something that can be purchased separately if one desires. I picked up one of these, and it works well.
This turned out to be another good example of where my taking a chance on buying something of which I was initially skeptical paid off and now makes me wish I had done so long ago.