Do you find it easy to spend money? I know I do. There is always something new or excited or even practical that I want to buy. With advertising and marketing, it can be easy to be sucked into thinking you need to buy a certain item. It can be hard to make wise decisions when spending money because, if you are like me, you want to buy it all! Since none of us have unlimited money, most of us have learned to curb our desire to spend. But what if I told you there are products that save money? Yes, they can actually save you money! Keep reading to find out what those products are.
Most the time we think of the slow cooker for making meals when we’re busy. This definitely one way this product can save you money. But it can do more than that! I like to make my own apple butter. Way tastier and cheaper than the stuff you can buy in the store. Making it on the stove can be a bit intense. In the slow cooker, it is so much easier. It’s also great for cooking dry beans. Yes, canned beans aren’t terribly expensive but dry ones are way cheaper.
You can even use your slow cooker to make a large batch of baked potatoes. Generally speaking, the slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven plus it doesn’t heat up your house in the summer like an oven would, causing you to crank the A/C. Looking at all the different factors, a slow cooker can save money in lots of different ways.
Yes, you are going to pay $30-100 for an e-reader, more if you for a more expensive version that is a tablet, not just an e-reader. However, if you love to read, an e-reader can save you money. Most libraries now have a program that allows you to borrow ebooks, not just print books. Mine also has digital audiobooks. Which is great because I don’t even know where my CD player is. 😉
You also can find free ebooks on Amazon every day. You can just go to Amazon and search but I like to follow certain Facebook pages, like eReader Girl. They find the books for you. So much easier!
I like to use Thieves Cleaner because it is safe to use around my children and pets. I also trust the company and what they are putting into their products. However, you can get cleaner concentrate anyplace that sells cleaning products. Why concentrate? When you buy ready to use cleaners, it is mostly water. With concentrate, the bottle will last you a very long time and you can control the amount of cleaner you use when you mix up a spray bottle. Likely, you can use three-quarters to a half of what the bottle calls for and still be cleaning just as well.
I find a bottle of cleaner concentrate can last me at least a year. If you’re buying at a place like Walmart, you can expect to spend around $3. $3 for a year of cleaning? Definitely saving you money over buying pre-mixed cleaners.
(I still recommend using things like baking soda and vinegar for some cleaning but I do prefer an actual cleaning product as I find it works better sometimes.)
Think outside the box on this one. Use drinking straws a lot? Buy plastic or stainless steel ones that you can wash (I have these plastic straws and love them!). Use rags and towels in place of paper towels when you can. If you live where they charge you for a plastic bag, use reusable cloth bags. You can even go way outside the box and switch from tampons to a menstrual cup.
Yes, there is a learning curve and it seems weird but I wish I’d made the switch sooner. Not only am I saving quite a bit of money, it is way more comfortable! Not to mention you can sleep with it in. I paid around $15 for two cups. I was spending that per month on organic, cotton only tampons and pads. Even if you use a more traditional product, you are still likely spending around $6/month. You only have to replace the cup once a year at most. Some women say theirs lasts two years. So $15 for a year or $72 for tampons. That’s a big saving!
Some products are definitely worth buying as they can help you save money in the long run. These are some of the best products that save money. Do you have any favorites? Drop a comment and let me know!