19 Must-Have Items That Will End Up Saving You Money
Spend your money wisely by investing in pieces that will cut your spending in the long run.
Reusable K-Cup pods
At-home coffeemakers are an excellent way to cut back on beverage waste from your usual Starbucks run—and using reusable coffee pods helps cut back on the cost and waste even more. Just fill each pod with your favorite coffee, using that in place of the disposable ones. Here are 11 more disposable items that are wasting your money.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is a stellar all-purpose cleaner, which means you can streamline your cleaning budget by using just one product. It can be a face and body wash, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, and more. Bonus: The soap is natural, organic, and vegan, and the packaging is from recycled materials.
This product has almost too many uses to count. Overall, it’s a great product to have in a pinch and could save you money in the long term by extending the life of your favorite products. You can eliminate stains and scuff marks, remove a tight ring, prevent snow buildup on windows, and remove decals, among countless fixes with this one can. For less than $7 per bottle, it’s worth keeping on hand.
The automatic timer makes this protector a foolproof way to save. According to thenest.com, simply turning off your stereo for the work day will save more than 149.4 watts per day, which can add up to more than $8 per year—and that’s just one gadget. This automatic version makes it even easier to keep your electronics from sucking up power. Here are 11 more genius ways to save on every household bill.
Phone screen case
This glass phone protector has near-perfect Amazon reviews. The smooth protector has a lifetime warranty and keeps out sweat, oil, and residue. iPhone screen repairs can cost as much as $175, according to thumbtack.com, making this $9 case a steal.
Motion sensor light switch
People who always remind others to shut the lights off when they leave a room will love this money and energy-saving motion sensor light switch. It turns the lights on and off for you, and it can detect minor motion, like typing at a desk, making sure the lights won’t accidentally turn off. You can even program it to recognize daylight so it won’t turn on while enough natural light is in the room. Plus, you won’t have to keep reminding other people to shut the lights off when they leave a room.
Air drying your clothes could help you save $200 per year on electric or natural gas bills, thespruce.com reports. Using a drying rack also helps prevent any wear or tear that dryers might have on your clothes. This one is foldable, so it won’t take up too much space either.
Automatic watering globes can keep house plants and patio plants hydrated for up to two weeks. They are perfect for anyone who forgets to regularly water plants and keeps replacing dried ones with new victims. These hand-blown stained glass spheres have pretty good Amazon reviews to boot. Next, check out these 50 insider secrets for saving money at all of your favorite stores.
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