Over the last few years I’ve realized one big thing that is helping me save money: the cycle of consumption is expensive! After all, your money is a tool intended to make your life better and should be spent on things that align with your priorities! If your priorities don’t involve wasting money and time, then read on, friend! I’ve put together this list of items to buy that actually save you money – buy spending money once instead of getting sucked into the cycle of buying just to use once and toss. These items can save tons of money and time over your lifetime!
So if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for ways to save money. I know I’m always trying to cut back my spending in an effort to manage my money well. Mostly so I can spend money on the things I value most – like vacations! There was a point in my life that I thought cheaper was always better. Until going through they cycle of buying the same things over and over again, I realized there was a better way to buy – a smarter way to spend money. So while some things cost more up front, over the long run you actually save more money.
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Items to buy that actually save you money in the long run
Friends, I use mine every. single. day. Seriously! I fill it up anytime I leave the house and throughout the day. I’m not stopping to buy a drink or soda every time I’m thirsty. I know I have my water bottle with me and can fill it up almost anywhere.
Bonus – it’s perfect for traveling, too. Take it with you on long road trips or fill it up after you get through security at the airport.
2. Dryer balls
I’m all about saving money and finding solutions in my every-day life that will save time. I love my dryer balls because they just hang out in the dryer and I’m not messing with finding a dryer sheet clinging with static to a random piece of clothing in the clean laundry.
Bonus: these dryer balls can last years and they’re known to decrease your drying time which means less money spent on running the dryer. I actually feared they’d be loud bouncing around in the dryer but I actually don’t even hear them.
Talk about a life saver, especially if you have kids that go through batteries as fast as Tic Tacs. The rechargeable batteries are more money up front, but let’s face it, disposable batteries really add up when you go through them quickly!
4. Books that teach you to manage your money
Books that help you manage your finances can be extremely helpful in setting you on the right track for budgeting and managing your finances well. You’ll save money by learning how to use your money effectively, like in learning strategies to pay down debt or create a budget.
Kitchen items to buy that actually save you money
Stepping into the kitchen, this is a big area where I’ve found significant savings! I think it’s because so consumables cost so much, especially when there are alternatives that will save money over the long run.
You won’t even think about buying pre-chopped fruits and veggies after you get one of these. If you really think about why those platters and pre-packaged goods are so pricey, it’s because they have to pay labor to package them up nicely. Instead grab your food processor and chop, dice, slice, blend and mix super fast. This food processing system is definitely an investment, but I use mine almost daily and the blade is still super sharp after years of wear!
I love my Ninja system because I can not only use it to as a food processor, but I also use it to mix batter for foods like pancakes and muffins. I also love the smoothie cups for healthy breakfast smoothies. So now I’m not spending money for breakfast on the go, either!
Anything that I can buy once that saves money and the environment is a win-win in my book. So when I realized one day that the drawer full of disposable packaging was killing my wallet and the environment, I decided to take action. Enter reusable bags for sandwiches, snacks and more. You can get cute cloth styles and designs for yourself for your kids over on Etsy. Or check out these durable silicone ones, which I like to use in the freezer.
Another way to save money and help the environment is with reusable napkins! It may sound like Little House on the Prairie to go with fabric napkins, but it’s really not a big deal at all. I hesitated buying reusable napkins for the longest time because I thought it would just add more laundry (who wants to do more laundry??) but honestly they’re so simple I just throw them in with a load and that’s it!
I purchased my silicone muffin cups one day out of desperation, not recognizing their magnificence! Originally I was looking for a solution when I cooked egg frittata and the eggs stuck to the pan. These work beautifully for that, but also for actual muffins! A little spray and cleanup is a breeze. Did I mention you’ll no longer have to stand in the baking isle, wondering which paper muffin wrapper matches the party best? That’s a win, too.
This one is a 3-way winner. These reusable K-cups keep the disposables out of the landfills, save you money from buying expensive coffee everyday at a drive through, and are cheaper over the lifetime of your machine!
10. Instant Pot or Crock Pot
Slow cookers and multi-cookers are a simple ways to prepare a healthy dinner for your family, while skipping the drive-through. The nice thing about a Crock Pot is you can buy cheaper cuts of meat because you’ll cook them all day which makes them more tender and flavorful. The Instant Pot does about a bazillion things, so an all-around useful tool to save time and money in the kitchen.
It’s crazy to think of the thousands of dollars over my lifetime I’ve spent on the disposable versions of some of the items above. I’m so glad I found alternatives which are eco-friendly too.
So have you ever tried any of the items above? Which ones will you swap out next to save money on future purchases? Drop a comment below! 🙂