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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.

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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.

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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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Squeeze out the contents

The bar of the Squeeze Ease Tube Squeezers slides along the tube ensuring you get every last bit before you throw it away. Simply slide the bar over the bottom of the tube and advance it to squeeze out product. The best part is you get three re-usable Squeezers. Check out these 9 clever ways to make your go-to beauty supplies last longer.

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Raise your soap game

Keep your bar soap, and money, from melting away by keeping it dry between uses. SoapStandle stand extends the life of your bar soap by thirty percent according to the manufacturer. Simply stick the plastic stand on the soap using the attached plastic teeth. The stand elevates the soap, so the bar can dry faster and last longer. Don’t miss more habits of good money-savers.

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Funnel your savings

Don’t make a costly mess when transferring liquids from one container to another. Instead, use the clips on the Smart Funnel to securely attach the funnel to both the pouring and receiving containers. This allows the product to drain from one container to another without spilling a drop.

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Save your energy

Did you know the average household has 20 “always-on” devices that, according to Cornell University, could be adding $200 to your annual energy bill? Often referred to as “phantom currents” or “vampire appliances” these devices, even when turned off, draw energy to stay ready in standby mode. The money-saving solution is the Smart Strip Energy Saving Surge Protector which turns off the device completely preventing it from pulling any power. Here are some more easy ways to save money without feeling the pinch.

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Re-usable water bottles

Credit Donkey reports on average, Americans spend about $100 per person each year on bottled water. To save money, invest in a reusable water bottle you can re-fill at home instead of buying new bottles of water from the store every day.

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A water-saving shower head

You can save money on your next utility bill by trading your existing shower head for a water-efficient model. High Sierra’s Low Flow Shower Head saves 25 percent more water over the average shower head which can save you hundreds on your annual water bill.

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Vacuum your hair dryer

Save yourself the cost of replacing a burnt-out hair dryer by simply vacuuming the collected dust from the back vent. A clogged vent makes the motor work harder which can cause it to burn out faster. Check out 10 creative ways to save money you haven’t thought of before.

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Take a bite out of cables

Keep cords and cables from fraying with Animal Cable Bites. Stop replacing costly cables just because they start to wear at the plug-in point. These Cable Bites fit over the cord plug to help prevent expensive damage near the cords most vulnerable point.

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Dust plugs

Don’t let dust be the reason you have to replace non-working, expensive, electronic devices. Instead, insert dust plugs into the ports and plug openings to prevent debris from building up. The delicate pins on the inside of the device need to be protected and that’s what these little plugs are built to do. Next, find out more must-have items to save you money.

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Jamie Novak
Jamie Novak is a globally recognized professional organizer who regularly contributes to RD.com. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the home-organizing industry. Novak wrote Keep This Toss That: the practical guide to tidying up, a top selling book for Reader's Digest. She’s been seen on HGTV, QVC, and national morning talk shows. Her work has appeared in magazines from Better Homes and Gardens to Real Simple. Connect with Novak at JamieNovak.com, @JamieNovak, or using the hashtag #KeepThisTossThat