The dictionary defines value as: "The worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged." Value means different things to different people. To me, it means "Cheapest is not always cheapest." In other words if you have to pay again for the same item then it's not worth the original lowest cost. If you purchase a cheap pair of shoes that wear out a month later to which you must purchase another pair of shoes -then it would make better sense to purchase a quality shoe that costs more initially but will last you longer.
Here's an example of vacation value. When we lived in Florida we went to Disney World many times. At first my husband was reluctant to stay on Disney property believing the cost was out of proportion. His "value" of the Disney properties had a different view -cost only. Thus, we stayed at a name brand hotel (I won't divulge here) for a miniscule $75 per night. It was obviously not on Disney property & it was terribly outdated. There was mold along the tub that just wouldn't come off, the carpet was well worn, we all kept sneezing when in the room, and worst of all the fire alarm kept going off every morning at 2 am! We ended up moving to a hotel closer to the main gate & a notch or two up in hotel star rating than the previous one. This greatly improved the remainder of our stay in Orlando. Having previously stayed at the Disney Property Dixie Landings, now Port Orleans resort, it was very clear that our lower cost in hotel was not a good value choice. There is a reason the Disney properties are at a certain price point. With each resort hotel you get certain amenities and expectations. If we had originally booked even the Value Resort at Disney World we would've had a better experience than the cheapest hotel a few miles from the main gate, because we would still get the Disney "magic" as well as Disney transportation to the parks, Disney dining, great pools, friendly well-trained staff, & well kept hotels. I'm happy to say that my husband has changed his value perception when it comes to vacationing. It only took that one bad experience and a great stay on Disney to convince him otherwise.
Included in the Disney resorts is transportation and other amenities per resort. For instance we vacationed in between Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Port Orleans and thus on the patio of the resort there were Carolers singing and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. We also had great dining options with the resort or we could take a complimentary water taxi to Downtown Disney & dine there. As you can see it is important to take a look at all that you get when you reserve a hotel or plan a vacation. As your vacation planner, I am here to be your "value interpreter" & make sure you are booking the best value according to your desires, destination, and plans. The old adage, "you get what you pay for" was abundantly clear in our first low-cost hotel choice.