After breaking several sockets at the most inopportune moments, I got fed up, and bought a Snap-On set. 13 years later, I would rate them as one of my best investments.
Once, I even broke my big breaker bar by adding a pipe to it, but the socket was fine!
It would be tough to justify the added expense in general for the shadetree mechanic, but you use sockets for everything.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.