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19 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Everyday Objects

These little-known tricks and inexpensive money-saving products will put more cash in your pocket today.

Travel size mascaravia amazon.com

Travel sizes save money

To avoid using bacteria-laden mascara, did you know the FDA recommends replacing it every three months? In the future, purchase the smaller, less expensive, travel-size version which you can use up before the expiration date.

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Foaming soap dispenser

Save money by swapping your liquid hand soap dispenser for the foaming version. This unique dispenser has a pump that turns regular liquid soap into foam which means it takes less soap to create a lather.

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Skip spoiled fruits

According to CNN Money, the average American household wastes $640 per year in spoiled food. These Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage containers have little vents that regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide extending the life of perishable herbs, fruits, and vegetables. The manufacturer claims produce will stay fresher 80 percent longer and that's some serious savings. These are the money-saving tips that don't actually pay.

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Turn containers upside down

After opening containers of foods like cottage cheese, yogurt, salsa, and spaghetti sauce store them upside down in the refrigerator. By inverting the container, CBS reports it creates a vacuum effect that slows the growth of food spoiling bacteria. The less food you have to toss the more money you save.

Wool dryer ballsvia amazon.com

A quicker way to dry your clothes

You'll save money by skipping expensive dryer sheets and tossing a few re-useable Wool Dryer Balls in the dryer instead. Not only will the dry time be cut down by up to 40 percent, according to the manufacturer, but clothes will come out softer and less staticky.

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Freeze the cash

Don't waste un-used portions of broth, tomato paste, wine, or fresh herbs. Instead, freeze the remainder by transferring the extra into a lidded ice-cube tray. Once frozen, pop the cubes into zip-top plastic bags label and date the bag before storing. Next time you are cooking you can pop the portion into your pot. Find out more tricks to cutting back on food waste.

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Lower the brightness level

A study by Harvard Law School found reducing your computer monitor brightness by 30 percent from 100 to 70 can save up to 20 percent of the energy the monitor uses. Cutting your energy consumption cuts your electric bill, which saves you money.

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Go Garamond

Wondering how you can save some printer ink and not have to purchase as many of those high-priced ink cartridges? According to Forbes, by printing your documents in the Garamond font saves 24 percent of your printer ink. Choosing the "draft" print option, which also uses less ink, is perfect for print jobs where the quality isn't as important. These are the mistakes you're making when you're trying to save money. 

Spatula setvia amazon.com

Spatty that

Use The Spatty and Spatty Daddy to get every drop of product out of tiny containers with narrow openings. Sturdy sticks with long and thin handles, the spatulas fit inside tiny tubes of lotion and lipstick, food jars, and more. From peanut butter to pasta sauce, this dishwasher-safe tool helps ensure you get your money's worth.

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Flip for savings

These Flip-It Bottle Emptying Kits let you get every ounce of thick liquid out of bottles like shampoo in the bathroom, condiments in the kitchen, and glue in the garage. Swap out the lid for this screw on lid with attached feet, turn the bottle upside down and wait. The excess drains to the bottom and the new cap allowing you to use up every last drop.

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