I'm not fond of spending without intent, but when it comes to saving money, buying certain items will impact your savings positively in the long run; while some stuff starts saving money right away, others will do after a while. The key is remembering that cash will always add up sooner or later.
As a bonus, most of the items in this list will be reused repeatedly, reducing your waste and helping the environment along the way.
This is a general list that can save money in different areas, not a list of must-haves to save money; if something doesn't apply to your lifestyle, it's completely fine; take what resonates with you.
Finally, remember that even though the goal is to save money, you don't have to buy everything to achieve it.
Spending too much would crash any budget, even if it's money-saving items and send you on a guilt-trip; my advice is to purchase the things that will save you the most money first and with those savings buy the next one and so on.
This way, you will save without feeling the guilt of spending too much at once, and if you want to save a little bit more, try selling the items that will be replaced; as long as they work and are in good condition, you can make a few extra bucks from them to use for these purchases.
Because this list has many items, I decided to organize them by category; this way, you can easily find everything.
These are the categories:
1) Beauty, Clothing & Personal Care
2) Cleaning Supplies & Tools
3) Electronics, Computer & Accessories
5) Kitchen & Pantry
6) Kitchen Appliances
1) Beauty, Clothing & Personal Care
Say goodbye to the disposable plastic razors that are terrible to the environment, choose these options with less waste, and don't be fooled by its design. Both males and females can use this safety razor, and the many female positive reviews on Amazon prove it.
Taking care of your nails says a lot about you, but paying someone to do it is unnecessary; you can give yourself decent nail care with this complete kit, from necessary trimming to more detailed work, including cutting the cuticles.
Some people are quite handy at cutting hair. Many have achieved this skill while quarantined but trying to cut hair with regular scissors is not recommended; you want scissors specially designed for this purpose; they are long and slender, so they properly cut even the thinnest hair.
Save money by having a family member cut your hair, and even if you live by yourself, you can trim the ends to maintain the shape of your haircut until you need to revisit a hair salon.
Keeping good oral hygiene saves a lot of money by reducing the dentist's visits to just the yearly check-up; besides brushing your teeth, flossing is recommended by many experts because food scraps will always get stuck between teeth, increasing the risk of caries.
Traditional floss is wasteful and quite messy to deal with. I used to hate flossing and had to rinse the floss to clean food residue caught in it.
A water flosser is a cleaner and practical option; besides help reduce your waste, you don't have to buy an expensive water flosser; many affordable flossers works fine; read all the reviews (positive and negative) to find the better fit.
The model I found is one of Amazon's most sold flossers; among its main benefits, this model water tank detaches to properly clean limescale or use distilled water to avoid any build-up. The head rotates 360° and includes three additional nozzles.
Keep your eyebrow in good shape with a simple pair of tweezers; this is a cheap self-care item everyone should have in their house.
For both women and men who want to have smooth skin, there are different options such as waxing or shaving; both are wasteful and will require to pay each time for professional work or regularly buy products such as shaving cream or wax.
Instead, buy an epilator once and forget about recurrent purchases; this little gadget can remove even the short hair from the root, leaving a stubble-free skin for weeks and reduces the risk of painful ingrown hair.
It also includes a safety cap to remove hair from sensitive areas such as the underarm.
Unlike the traditional liquid shampoo, these bars, on average last longer than their liquid counterparts; also, because they include other ingredients in its composition and fewer chemicals, you save money by skipping conditioner.
They are also quite convenient to use and don't take up as much space on your shower as the shampoo bottles; finally, their impact on the environment is less than regular shampoo. Shampoo bars are biodegradable, and usually, their packaging is not made of plastic.
This next item is targeted for men, a good quality grooming kit for body hair and hair will help you look polished all the time and save you money in the long run.
The Phillips Norelco series is one the most sold kits on Amazon; with one trimmer and 23 accessories, you can groom your hair, facial, and most body hair efficiently (don't use on private parts); the charged trimmer can go up to 5 hours, and the blade doesn't need any oil.
There is a newer version that includes a storage case, comb, brush, and detailing scissor. Although, for me, those additional items don't justify the extra cost, click here to check it out if you are interested.
Another personal care item that is quite wasteful is make-up remover pads. The ones made of cotton are a one-use item, and even though cotton is biodegradable, there are zero-waste options.
Like the four-set kit by Erase Your Face, made of soft and plush polyester, soak in warm water to remove any trace of make-up without any additional product, machine wash, and hang to dry.
Manicure is another recurrent expense for many women who do a maintenance routine to their nails. Still, the additional cost can be eliminated by doing it at home, sure it won't look as neat, but unless it is a special occasion, there's no reason to be spending $20 or $40 every two weeks when most people won't notice or care.
Get yourself the nail kit, a polish of your preference, and this nail lamp to get the work done and treat it as your spa day.
This one might not be for everyone, but having a handheld bidet at home does save money. People who own a bidet also use toilet paper; but by cleaning themselves with a bidet, they reduce the amount of paper needed; besides, you will be much cleaner this way.
One of my pet peeves is throwing away any product leftover inside its container. I enjoy using up all the products I paid for.
This includes toothpaste, you can squeeze or roll the tube with your hands, but there will always be leftover; using a squeezer, you guarantee that the very last toothpaste is used before discarding it.
The set I found is made of stainless steel and comes in a group of two; divide the cost with a friend or family to save even more.
I haven't talked much about shoes on my blog. Still, for a minimalist, the best quality shoes you can buy are essential because you invest in your overall health; you don't need a lot of shoes, just one for each activity or occasion.
Ideally, it would be best if you had a pair of sports sneakers, formal shoes, flip flops, cozy slipper for colder months, and depending on where you live or activity, other shoes such as winter boots or hiking shoes.
One of the essential shoes are your casual shoes, the ones you will wear most of the time when you go grocery shopping or travel overseas; this is why these shoes should be comfy and easy to slip on. Buy shoes in breathable fabrics that are lightweight for additional comfort.
To extend the life of your limited shoe selection, get shoes and a boot cleaning kit; you don't have to purchase anything fancy.
This kit I found by Gear Aid offers protection for suede, leather, and waterproof fabrics, the two set includes a water repellant spray, suede cleaner, brush, and eraser.
Save yourself the money spent on chemical peelings by buying this vegan brightening facial scrub, formulated with sea kelp and French green clay; this gentle scrub is recommended for all skin types.
Use it three times a week to remove dead skin cells, draw out impurities, and reveal a brighter and even complexion.
Buying a product that achieves two things in one step saves both money and time; there are many facial cleansers out there. If I could recommend any is the Cerave cleanser, the non-foaming formula includes hyaluronic acid for a gentle cleanse, and the lotion-like consistency moistens it.
The fragrance-free cleanser is recommended for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.
Having brighter teeth is possible without paying extra for specific dental treatments; a charcoal toothpaste will do both jobs in one go, clean your teeth, and help naturally brighten them.
One female can use up to 11,000 disposable pads/tampons during her lifetime; we are talking about tons and tons of bloody waste in the landfills and oceans polluting, even more, our already collapsed environment.
This doesn't only affect our planet, but the amount of money spent on such personal hygiene items is gigantic over time, all that money wasted on disposable pads could have gone to your retirement fund or to help pay for your house.
A single silicone cup will save the environment 10 years of waste per individual, and all that money stays in your pocket.
Just like a toothpaste squeezer, getting the last drop of body lotion or shampoo is such a rewarding feeling, I would even go as far as swirling a bit of water inside the almost empty bottle to use up all the product.
A simple gadget like this bottle emptier will let your bottles stay upside down, so gravity pushes everything down; use this little stand for other bottles like sauces in the pantry. Lotions that are too thick won't slide that easily. For those, there is a better solution in the Kitchen & Utensil list.
The last item in this section is a no brainer, as someone who used to shop a lot in fast fashion stores I know this is so true, buying fast fashion certainly makes us feel that we own more, thus making believe we are richer than what we truly are, and that's what marketing wants us to think.
Instead of filling your closet with cheap clothes that don't last at all, go for high-quality garments in neutral colors with little to no designs or patterns, surely they will cost more upfront, but if you take care of them, they will last you for years or even decades to come.
They are made of better materials. You will see they have better stitching and manufacturing; there are plenty of educational videos on YouTube to learn more about choosing the right clothes and creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe. I'd recommend learning a bit more about clothes before spending money.
2) Cleaning Supplies & Tools
If you don't own a dryer, I highly recommend buying a rack first and see if it works for you; these foldable racks don't consume energy and are the perfect solution for small places or when you are forbidden of hanging your clothes outside the window or on a balcony because it's considered a fire hazard.
Another benefit of using a drying rack is clothes dried this way tend to last longer, make sure the space where you place the drying rack has a lot of ventilation to avoid any moldy smell.
Going along with the clothes topic, a washing machine, unlike a dryer, is more versatile and useful. Even though there are plenty of expensive models, you can buy a compact washing machine perfect for small places.
Washing machines do consume less water and doing laundry by hand is time-consuming; a few tips to save while doing the laundry, including waiting until you have a full load, don't go crazy over water temperature, hot water is recommended for sheets and towels to kill bacteria, the rest can use cold water.
This one of the cleaning staples creates a wide variety of products instead of buying chemical and artificial fragrance-ridden products.
Borax is recommended to get rid of bad smells like mold or mildew, kills pests such as ants, you can use it as a substitute to commercial detergent, and softens hard water.
Another cleaning staple, these gentle soaps are incredibly versatile, in different combinations, can be used to create a handmade body wash, all-purpose cleaners, liquid laundry soap for delicate handwashing pieces, clean make-up brushes, even to wash your dog and your car with just a few drops on a bucket of water.
An excellent product to disinfect wounds, surfaces, and to create other cleaning solutions such as shoe deodorizer, homemade deodorizer, sanitizer for door handles, phones, electronic devices, keys, and any other item that is continuously touched.
Even though I would recommend checking out if a drying rack is worth it first, you can still save money if you already own a dryer; instead of buying a one use dryer sheet that creates more waste, you can get a dryer ball made of either wool or silicone, both are waste-free options to dry your clothes plus it reduces the drying time and the energy cost.
A miracle product that is not only linked to aiding weight loss and lowering blood sugar but also a complete household item, among the many things that can be done using white vinegar are; window and mirror cleaner, kill unwanted vegetation, removing foul odors, stainless steel cleaner, mineral residue unclogger, among many other uses.
You can always use an old t-shirt as a homemade cleaning cloth as long as it doesn't leave lint residue over the surfaces.
I think it is better to donate unwanted clothes as long as they are in good condition; buying a cleaning cloth that leaves your surfaces streak-free combined with your homemade cleaning solutions, will help save money.
Depending on the type of floor your house has installed, a floor steamer might be a better option than using hard chemicals to sanitize them.
Hard floors like tiles, granite or linoleum are ideal to be cleaned with a steamer; it can kill 99% of bacteria and germs; hard floor and laminated can also be sanitized with a steamer as long as a low setting is available, pushing too much steam between the gaps can warp and damage floors like vinyl.
Bissell's floor steamer includes a grout scrubber that will remove all the stubborn dirt trapped with a detailed cleaning.
Not all vacuum cleaners are the same, and the cordless kind not only is way more practical to move around the house, but they save energy.
Compared to the traditional vacuum cleaner, the cordless kind can save up 30% time because you don't have to maneuver around the cable or plug and unplug as you vacuum each room; this saves money as energy is used more efficiently.
The Moosoo cordless vacuum cleaner lasts for 5 hours and traps 99% of micro dust, creating a cleaner environment.
Forget about calling the plumber or using harsh chemicals to unclog them; the tubshroom fits inside most drains, collecting all hair without stopping the flow of water. Save hundreds of dollars by buying this simple gadget and cleaning it once a week.
With a curated wardrobe, one must take more care of each piece; accidents always happen, and this is why it is essential to have a stain remover at hand, keep it in your car, backpack, or purse.
In case wine or tomato sauce stains your white fabric, you can treat it away and remove the stain, remember that an untreated stain will be more challenging to clean afterward when it has settled.
Going through rolls of paper towels is easy and wasteful; using it to clean the food scraps from your dish or dry a water spill on your countertop, we are using money to clean with these one-use paper towels.
One roll of a reusable bamboo towel will replace 6 months of regular paper towel and save trees using this eco-friendly option; each sheet can be used and washed up to 120 times.
If you want to create your cleaning solutions that are chemical and fragrance-free, get a couple of spray bottles and label them, glass bottles are environmentally friendly. They will help you save money by not buying a bunch of different commercial cleaners.
The last household staple, baking soda, can also be used for many things such as natural deodorizer, unclogger, cleaner, sanitizer, and even to clean produce. Baking soda and white vinegar are two items that should be in every house.
3) Electronics, Computer & Accessories
Instead of buying a tv, get a mini projector cheaper than regular TVs, as you will get more screen size for your money.
They also take up minimal space. You can turn any wall in your living room or bedroom into a movie theater, and don't worry about quality; the modern projector has improved a lot; the AuKing projector has a contrast of 2000:1 and supports 1080p resolution.
Laptops can be quite expensive and if that's the only type of desktop you own, consider buying a laptop stand.
Even laptops with an excellent cooling system should use a stand that lifts them off the desk to allow airflow below them; think long term if you don't want to upgrade your laptop in many years.
Suppose you invest a lot in a new cellphone. In that case, you might as well put some money into a quality phone case that is capable of absorbing the impact of an accidental fall.
There's nothing worse than dropping your brand new phone and seeing the screen crack, and even the most careful people can drop their phone.
If you don't plan to upgrade as frequently protect your investment, a phone can last easily over 5 years if you take good care of it; most upgrades shown each year are purely cosmetic anyway. A brand I like is Supcase, they sell sturdy minimal design phone cases
For the ones who enjoy books but are starting to feel their space cluttered, Kindle is an excellent option. With their extensive book collection, you can read everything you want without having to buy storage to keep the book, plus it's nice to know you can have all your favorite books with you at all times.
Some people don't like Kindle because they enjoy grabbing a book and touching the pages to read; it's wholly respectable, but I feel it is a matter of getting used to it.
Even though Cloud Storage is standard, I still think owning at least one external hard drive is essential; for example, to obtain a security backup copy, you will need more space than the one free cloud service can offer.
There is also the accessibility factor; if the internet fails, you won't get to access your documents, and even if you have access when the internet is slow, downloading larger files could take more time.
It's safer to store sensible documents on an external hard drive than cloud storage, especially if you access it from a public network. Also, paid cloud storage services will add up over time, while an external hard drive is a one-time payment.
I'm not saying to ditch cloud storage as external hard drives can falter. Ideally, you want a good hard drive that will only be used to store files (especially those considered confidential with a second copy).
Just like external hard drives, a USB flash drive may seem outdated, but you will wish you had one when you need it the most.
Besides all the reasons similar to those from an external hard drive, USB flash drives offer portability and a second emergency storage unit for sensible documents.
A silicone cable protector is flexible enough and will protect any cable from fraying and breaking, including phone chargers, computer cables, headphones, mouse cable, among others.
This is not an item for everyone, but if you enjoy listening to good quality music, all you need is a good Bluetooth speaker and your smartphone to connect to it.
If you have any music streaming service like Spotify, Deezer, or Tidal, you can enjoy a gigantic music library without having to buy CDs or any other physical music copy, plus you can bring it anywhere.
We can go through batteries frequently, especially those who have kids; instead of paying each time for regular batteries that are difficult to recycle, get a rechargeable kind.
Each Energizer rechargeable battery can be charged up 1000 times and stored charged for a year, saving a lot of money and reducing the waste.
Unlike regular power strips, smart models can detect when a device is on stand by mode to cut off energy.
They don't cost more than regular power strips and save a lot of money if you have many things plugged in, and that draws a lot of power like desktop equipment.
Not only protects your equipment but also any sensible or essential information you might have stored.
All mattress are not the same, is essential to invest in the best mattress our budget allows because it helps us achieve an uninterrupted sleep that will repair our cells, reduce insulin and stress levels, and activates our growth hormone, all these things help us our body repair and look young.
The mattress by Tuft & Needle is made of adaptive foam, which helps provide relief in the pressure points most needed; the structure will adapt as you move or to your preferred sleeping position.
The built material is chemical-free and breathable for a cooler night rest during summer; you can also try their 100 free day trial and see if it's the right mattress for you.
Unlike regular incandescent light bulbs, the led bulb loses the least heat and saves plenty of energy, reducing CO2 emissions, they also don't contain any mercury making them safer.
Each light bulb lasts for 2000 hours, while a led light bulb will last anywhere between 20000 and 50000 hours.
Multifunctional furniture will save money and space in small homes; this coffee table doubles as a desk, perfect for a living room that has to double as a home office.
The design features large hidden storage space and the tabletops lift to comfortable use your laptop, which can then be stored inside the coffee table out of sight.
Taking care of your clothes will extend their lifetime and make you always look good; a small fabric shaver will help remove lint balls that appear over the fabric after a while.
Unlike traditional thermostats, the smart kind allows you to track your energy usage and build a personalized usage profile, reducing utility costs over time. In many cases, they can be remotely controlled.
The Google Nest Thermostat learns your habits and can auto-adjust to stop heating or cool off an empty home.
Another excellent option for micro-apartments or homes that don't want a permanent guest bedroom.
Buying a sofa that turns into a bed is perfect for any extra room that can be used as a home office, crafts room, or any other use and turn into a bedroom for that surprise guest or when your kid's friends stay over.
To help reduce the energy bill during winter, consider getting a fleece blanket to use during the day if you work at home; this way, you can keep warm while turning off the heater.
Towels don't last forever, and they will eventually turn rough or become thin and tear apart.
Instead of buying cheap, low-quality towels, purchase premium cotton towels; they are luxurious and absorb water fast, and last much longer; trust me, you will never go back to a regular towel when you use them.
Taking care of plants seems like a daunting task for most people unless you have green thumbs; for us, regular folk, a small indoor garden is perfect for venturing into gardening without blowing out the budget.
The minimalist design features LED lighting that promotes fast photosynthesis. You can save money by growing, not any plant but herbs like mint, parsley, cilantro, or green onions. It also helps decorate your kitchen and clean the air.
Regular paper napkins are, along with paper towels, one of the most wasteful items we could buy but also one of the things that are the easiest to switch and the one that will impact our savings the fastest.
Buy a set of cotton napkins to use them repeatedly. I choose the Ruvanti dark grey napkin 12 pack to hide any possible stain better that would show easily on a white napkin.
An item more geared towards those who light candles or camp frequently, instead of buying the regular plastic lighter, get this rechargeable kind; it will last you for decades if not a lifetime. Each charge will provide over 500 uses, and the design includes a battery volume display.
A shower head that allows you to adjust the water flow will help save a lot on your monthly bill; for extra savings, make sure only to open the faucet when you want to wet and rinse your hair and body.
During warmer days, it can become tedious to work, and the idea of sitting on a chair while sweating is not interesting.
For most buying an air conditioner is too expensive; in those cases, a small desk fan will do the job of keeping you fresh while keeping your monthly energy bill at a reasonable amount.
Instead of buying a bunch of artificial scents, get a good quality oil diffuser to scent your home; using natural scents not only helps perfume any room, but it's also an excellent aromatherapy option.
Invest in a set of essential oils, they might slightly expensive compared to a bottle of Febreeze, but they will last you much more; a few drops of essential oil mixed with water inside the aroma diffuser is enough to scent a room for hours.
Besides, most essential oils serve more purposes, use them to scent your homemade cleaning solutions or a warm bathtub; some particular scents are great to scare bugs, such as lavender is used to keep mosquitoes away.
Nowadays, single-use plastic bags cost money; long gone are the days those plastic bags were free, and the oceans are thankful for this change.
Get yourself a couple of sturdy grocery bags to use every time you go to the supermarket; the model I found comes in a pack of 5, each bag can hold up to 45 pounds, and the reinforced handles make the bag strong so no accidental tears as you carry the bag around.
To keep your clothes for longer, use a steamer instead of an iron; as steamers use just hot water, there is no risk of burning your clothes or using too much heat, thus damaging the fabric or the color.
Clothes steamers are also portable, and some models are even great to take with you while traveling; this way, you can remove wrinkles quickly from all types of fabrics, even the trickiest ones.
If you plan to renovate your bathroom, don't forget to buy a dual flush toilet; with this system, you can control how much water is released each time; the DeerValley dual flush toilet offers these two options, and the sleek and modern design features a soft close seat.
Just like a desk fan, a window fan is perfect for cooling down a larger room; the Comfort Zone window fan features two speeds and a reversible function to draw cold air inside your home.
The design can expand to fit most windows; it can extend up to 33" for a tight fit.
Depending on the gap between the floor and door, you may be losing conditioned air. To reduce wasting energy, consider purchasing a door draft stopper.
They are either cushions or plastic and prevent air-conditioned leakage, so keep warm air inside during winter and cold air during summer.
They also help isolate noise and odor and block out outside light when you try to sleep.
These smart gadgets detect when someone is in the room and turn on the lights automatically.
When you leave a room, the switch waits a few seconds before turning the lights off; gradually upgrading the controls in the most used rooms will reduce your monthly energy bill and extend the life of your lights.
The Lutron Maestro switch features XCT technology, capable of detecting subtle movement, and they won't turn on if there is enough natural light.
Some people might not protect their mattresses, but I feel that as we buy a phone case to prevent damage to our expensive smartphones, mattress covers also protect the costly mattresses from damage that would otherwise shorten its lifespan.
A mattress cover will protect your mattress from accidental spills (avoid drinking while in bed), but also from bad odors and allergens such as dust mites or bacteria. In the end, investing in a breathable and machine washable cover is a smart decision; it won't affect your budget and won't change the way the mattress looks or feels.
5) Kitchen & Pantry
If you enjoy drinking with a straw, stop buying the one-use plastic kind, and buy a reusable straw. They mitigate all the adverse effects plastic straws have like manufacturing pollution and contamination of the land and oceans.
A reusable straw will save you plenty of money in the long run, and with each use, the straw keeps paying for itself.
There are different kinds, from metal to glass and silicone; I chose stainless steel because it lasts a lot and doesn't break, but if your kids are the ones who will use them, get silicone straws instead.
There are plenty of coffee-related items; those who can't function without their daily coffee intake know that making your coffee can save you between $750 to $1500 per year.
Are you planning to switch your old mug? Then consider getting an insulated one; unlike traditional cups, the double insulated mug by Sunwill will keep your beverages hot for 3 hours and cold for 9 hours.
It's lightweight and fits a cupholder, the BPA-free lid is seals tight to avoid spills, and is straw friendly.
At this point, we all know how wasteful and harmful for the environment is to buy single-use plastic bottles; a reusable water bottle saves you money and the planet.
The model by Hydromate is made of strong glass, has a protective silicone cover, and includes motivational quotes to reach your goals and track your water intake.
For a larger amount of safe drinking water without waste, get a Brita water pitcher; it will save the planet of 1800 single-use plastic bottles per year.
The narrow design can fit any refrigerator without taking up much space and fill two 24 ounces bottles; it filters excellent tasting water and reduces traces of mercury, chlorine, copper, and more.
Keep wine tasting fresh for longer with this wine stopper; this gadget by EZBasics removes the air and creates an airtight seal; the plug lets you record the time, just turn the ring to point the time you want. This stopper will save your wine from going to waste when you want to drink only one glass or use a bit for cooking.
Save money with this reusable eco-friendly coffee filter; a stainless steel coffee filter is more durable, won't warp with hot water, and is easy to clean.
The Eco-Sopure filter fits all 8-14 cup coffee makers, an ideal fit for Cuisinart coffee makers. I recommend typing the model of your coffee maker to find the right reusable filter.
A good quality knife set is fundamental in any kitchen; by mastering knives, you can save money and not buy any specific gadget like a strawberry stem corer or an apple slicer.
Buying pre-made produce is super expensive; the markup on some items like shredded lettuce is insane.
Instead, do your pocket a favor and save the environment from more plastic packaging by buying the leafy greens yourself, cutting them, and using a salad spinner to rinse them; the result will be the same. You will get a lot of salad per dollar.
With this 2 set silicone mat by AmazonBasics, you will skip buying parchment paper or cooking spray; these mats are convenient, easy to use and clean, and will last indefinitely.
Keep your knives in top shape with a blade sharpener; this will reduce your prepping time using the appropriate utensils, minimize accidents, and save money by sharpening them yourself.
Ziplock bags are convenient but wasteful. Instead, buy a set of silicone storage bags. These leak-proof bags and freezer safe bags are perfect for carrying some snacks with you; after each use, simply rinse them under room temperature water and let them air dry.
Save yourself the extra money of having someone do the job for you; you can get so much more cheese and grate it yourself than buying a pre-grated bag; the best part is you can freeze the grated hard cheese. It won't lose its flavor.
The hexagonal design by Utopia gives you plenty of customized shred thickness perfect for all vegetables and fruits.
Stop washing your dishes with money and switch for a reusable sponge. The multi-purpose set of 6 microfiber washable sponges by Scrub-It, features two sides the blue side for gentle wash and the grey side for scrubbing.
They are large enough to handle comfortably, and although they won't last a lifetime, they will undoubtedly be less wasteful than regular sponges; each sponge can last three or more months.
Bringing your meals at work can save a lot of money; I've been there; it is too easy to eat out for lunch and buy a snack afterward; the truth is these purchases add up fast.
Buying an adult lunch bag is not only a money-saving habit but perfect for those on a diet because they get to control what goes into their food.
The Mier lunch bag is a unisex minimalist design with an insulated interior and two large compartments to keep cold from warm items separated. A recommended choice if you don't have access to a microwave at work.
Save money on produce and reduce your trips to the supermarket and your food waste with a produce saver; these containers help maintain freshness longer. Rubbermaid's set regulates the oxygen flow and carbon dioxide, and the elevated tray helps keep moisture away.
The right set of cookware will inspire you to meal prep, but the truth is they can take up a lot of space; the Tefal Ingenio is a stackable 14 piece pots and pans set with plenty of space, ideal for compact kitchens.
If you enjoy baking, don't waste money on single-use paper cupcake liners; purchase the silicone kind; they are easy to unmold, wash, and come in sets of colors great for parties.
You can buy an ice cube maker, but they are bulky. Usually, one-use items or appliances are not worth your money if you want to minimize; instead, purchase a silicone ice tray, they are easy to clean, and thanks to their flexibility, you can pop out the ice cubes without a problem.
Store food using a glass container instead of plastic; they are odorless and friendly with the environment; they will last forever.
To use up all the products, use a mini spatula to reach each corner or all the inner borders; great for food or beauty products, the curved edge will clean up all bottles and jars.
A great pantry staple, coconut oil isn't just an excellent cooking ally; it's very versatile as well; use it to moisturize your skin or nourish your hair.
Buy a nice set of chopsticks once and never waste money on the disposable kind, a metal set is the best choice; they won't stain or lose their shape or color over time.
6) Kitchen Appliances
For all coffee lovers investing in coffee, appliances will save a lot of money over time.
Most coffee grinders also double as herb and spice grinder, the Krups model can grind beans for up to 12 cups, and the removable cup includes a lid to store it right away, reducing mess.
The ninja coffee maker is a popular seller on Amazon; this model features a programmable brewer to have the coffee ready in the morning and a warming plate to keep the coffee hot for up to 4 hours. There are two settings available; rich and classic, so that you can choose the right strength for you.
The removable water reservoir makes it easy to wash and is also dishwasher safe.
If you enjoy cooking and do it frequently, treat yourself and buy a high-end blender like a Vitamix that will last for many years.
Some Vitamix blenders are more expensive than others, but finding the right blender within most budgets is possible.
The Vitamix 5200 is ideal for medium and large batches, the blender spins fast to warm cold liquid in a few minutes, and with just a few drops of dish soap, it can auto clean in one minute.
Ideal for people who look for something more compact or those who don't cook frequently, this personal blender is perfect for people who want to take a smoothie with them without having to pay extra at the convenience store.
To complete your morning coffee, you can buy these small gadgets. The milk frother will foam milk in seconds for a delicious homemade cappuccino. It may not seem like a necessity, but if you love coffee, you can treat yourself with just a few dollars spent on this frother.
If you are planning to buy a new cooktop, consider getting an induction model. They can achieve different temperatures and take less time to heat than gas or electric cooktops while losing less heat; the surrounding area also stays cool to the touch.
A SodaStream will only save money for those who drink carbonated drinks regularly; instead of buying sodas with artificial color and flavor, you can make your fizzy water.
Even though the soda stream sells its syrup, you can use some natural options like a freshly squeezed lemon drink or find recipes on Pinterest. Not only will save you money but reduce plastic waste.
Food waste is a serious issue because we are throwing money in the trash but consume plenty of resources to create such products.
When it comes to fresh food, you can extend their lifespan with the help of a food saver; these affordable appliances will aid you to portion your meals and safely store any leftover food.
Even the most skilled cook can use a food processor; when a recipe calls for finely minced produce, it is easier to press a button and have it done in a few seconds.
I chose the Cuisinart Mini-prep, which holds 4 cups, better suited for small families, and people who don't cook as frequently.
A kitchen staple, an instant pot can do many things to save a lot of money; just one appliance will do different jobs such as cooking rice, sauteing, steam, pressure cook, slow cook, make yogurt, and warm food.
If your refrigerator doesn't include a freezer, you should consider buying one; even if it's a small model, a freezer will help you save money by storing your food raw or cooked for longer.
Consider buying a dishwasher to save money and energy; an energy-efficient model will use less water than handwashing consumes (102 liters vs. 11 liters per load).
Besides, just like a washing machine, it will do the work for you, giving you time to focus on other more important things.
Have you ever binge-watched those dashcam videos from mostly Russia? It's quite funny to see people throwing themselves at random cars in hopes of getting money; there are also the bad drivers who back up on purpose to crash against your bumper or the bad mechanic who will damage the car on purpose to charge you more for the "repairs."
All those scams can happen anywhere, and if you have no proof of your innocence, you will most likely lose in the court; if you own a car or any sort of transport, do yourself a favor and invest in a good quality dashcam, you never know when it might come handy.
You don't need a gym membership to be fit and healthy; only consider getting one after a year of doing home workouts consistently; that is the only way you can honestly know if you are ready to commit your money to shape your body.
Until then, you can get simple equipment, a set of dumbbells are great, and even though you can use a bunch of household items as weights, dumbbells are designed to guarantee a safe exercise, and it's a small investment compared to a monthly membership.
I'm aware this one might not be for everyone, especially those who live in large metropolitan areas, but if you are lucky enough to be close to your work this might be a good idea.
Instead of driving a car or commuting to work in the chaotic traffic jam, get a bicycle and ride your way to your destination.
Each ride will cost you pennies, but you are doing light exercise as you move, plus you contribute to reducing contamination by using your energy as fuel.
Jumping a rope isn't just for boxers or children; you can reap many benefits from it, such as coordination improvement, increasing the strength around your ankles and foot, you can bring the exercise anywhere with you, and improves your breathing efficiency and cardiovascular health.
Pick a flat and clear surface on your house; if you want to exercise outdoors, make sure the area has no rocks or sticks that could hurt you, you will burn a lot of calories either way, perfect for those who want to lose or maintain weight but don't want to go out.
If you want to grow your muscles but tone them simultaneously, resistance bands are an excellent weight training option.
Not only because they will save you the money spent on equipment that after a few weeks will become a space to hang your towels, but they are also versatile in providing more exercise.
You can gradually raise your repetitions without the risk of injury; they are perfect for most people as they are available in different strengths and are also excellent to help you recover injured muscles.
There are plenty of resistance bands workout routines on YouTube.
Another essential equipment for a home workout, and out of all the ones I mentioned, this is the one you should consider getting first if you are serious about exercising more.
Suppose you ever followed an exercise routine on YouTube. In that case, you know how difficult it is to do those exercises on the floor without a yoga mat to provide cushioning, especially the ones that ask you to hold your position for 15 or 20 seconds; it can get really uncomfortable.
To clean it, just use a regular cloth and a mixture of equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol.
Stress is part of our daily routine, but sometimes it can affect our body, mind and damage our relationships because we are in a terrible mood.
Most people will use a masseuse to relieve stress, but it can be quite expensive. Instead, get relaxed at home with an acupressure mat and pillow set.
This mat and pillow feature pain-free acupoints that target back and neck pain; other benefits include relief of muscle knots, increased circulation, headaches, better sleep, and alleviates sciatica and fibromyalgia.
Depending on where you live, hiring someone to fix things can get quite expensive.
Purchase a toolbox with all the basics to do different household chores, you might not be able to fix everything, but it's worth a try, especially for more straightforward tasks.
Just like a toolbox, a drill will aid you in fixing different things, depending on the type of job you need to be done, from hanging portraits to detailed crafts or carving large holes on wood or drywall.
If you don't see yourself needing a drill more than 4 or 5 times per year, I would advise against buying one instead of borrowing one from friends or family.
If you own a drill or are considering getting one, don't forget that they can be a powerful cleaning tool.
With a drill brush, you can clean stubborn dirt; the set I picked features white brushes with soft, perfect for delicate surfaces like leather or carpet.
But on Amazon, there are larger brush sets with thicker bristles that will let you clean everything from car wheels to kitchen stoves and grills, saving you time and energy in the process.
Having your car washed once or twice a week can add up fast; if you are looking to save money, this is an easy way to start. If you have the time to wash your car by yourself it can be an affordable option.
The stuff you will need is basic, and apart from a couple of purchases, you most likely have everything you need at home, like; buckets and a hose. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials to show you how to wash the car properly.
One thing to buy is a car wash mitt only to wash your car; get a mitt made of microfiber and is very soft for a swirl-free finish. Investing in a good quality wash mitt will preserve your vehicle in the best condition possible.
Another item that I consider essential if you want to wash your car is a drying microfiber towel.
A large towel absorbs like no other; you don't even have to rub the towel against the car surface, which could create swirls or scratches.
They are also great to clean the car's interior and easy to wash, and the towel's design won't leave lint residue over the surfaces.
It's great to save money for an emergency fund, but not all your money should stay there, earning low-interest rates when you could make that money work for you and reap the benefits in a few years.
Even though I knew about investing, I never really paid attention to it; this year, I started investing in cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, ethereum, among others. When it comes to investment, patience is vital, as we might not see a profit in a while.
And there is also the risk of losing money, but if you start investing using extra money that won't affect you if it's lost and understanding that there's always a risk, you should be mentally prepared if things go south.
I'm not a financial advisor, so I recommend reading or watching tutorials before actually investing. Alternatively, you can always use social investing platforms like eToro to copy professional investors, which I do.
If you own a lot of natural wood finish furniture, it's not a bad idea to invest in a wood polisher; this product will protect the wood surfaces from color fading, drying out, and cracking.
It can save damaged furniture such as; water spots, scratches, scuffs, and other aesthetic issues.
Learning basic sewing will save you a lot of money, from doing stitching to fixing a button, you don't have to learn to sew a jacket from scratch but the bare minimum to keep up your wardrobe in top condition longer without having to pay someone else to do it.
Having a set schedule for things will make you more efficient and aware of the important things that need to be done, from doctor appointments to events, errands, or tasks.
You can also keep track of your time and budget, plus it's nice to have something to write down any thoughts or ideas.
A physical planner might not be as essential now when many digital options don't take up physical space, but for some people having everything written on a piece of paper works; taking it out of your mind allows for more mental capacity to focus on other things.
Cable TV is one service many people recommend ditching when trying to save money, and with a good reason, most people who subscribe never make full use of it.
You are also vulnerable to ads that take your time but make you want to buy things you didn't even think you needed.
I'm subscribed to Netflix and love how much control I have over what I watch, for how much time, and being able to enjoy my favorites series or movies without ad breaks.
These digital libraries also stop me from buying physical copies, which I did in the past and regret so much because they are now worthless.
If you don't want to pay for a Netflix subscription, there are free options online, and even though the catalog is not as comprehensive, you can find plenty of options.
Free legal streaming services include Tubitv, Plutotv, and Crackle. Don't forget about the always reliable free YouTube with plenty of content that caters to different interests and niches (such as minimalism).
To protect you against energy rising costs, solar panels are an option to consider.
They cost a lot upfront but offer many reasons to eventually make the switch, such as increasing your property value, reducing or eliminating electric bills, and protect the environment.
The average investment will pay for itself in about 7 to 8 years with a 20% investment return.
Energy Saving Glass
Another home improvement that you can invest in and pay for itself after a few years is energy-saving glass; they feature improved thermal isolation, meaning they will keep your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This way, your air conditioner equipment will work more efficiently and reduce utility bills.
All-season tires work great in most countries, but if you live in areas with extreme seasons, consider buying at least winter tires for your car.
They handle cold much better; regular tires will harden at around -15°C or 5°F while winter tires at around -40°C or 104°F; they are designed with more robust materials and broader grooves to allow a faster drain of water and stop snow clogging.
Using the right tires will prevent accidents and protect yourself and your car.
There is no better investment than education; it means investing in your future by learning about things you are passionate about and gives you a better social standing and allow you to choose your path without getting cheated along the way.
Investing in your education doesn't have to cost either; there are plenty of ways to learn that cost no money, like YouTube videos or reading free books. And there are plenty of affordable paid platforms like Skillshare.
If you enjoy reading a book, you can save space by buying a Kindle, which I mentioned before, or get a library membership.
Many communities have libraries where you can rent not only books but also games and even movies, and in some cases, the memberships are free for residents.
If you buy a lot through Amazon, consider paying a yearly subscription, you will be able to receive free shipping, plus access to Amazon Prime, and an extensive collection of books and songs.
If you plan to buy a car, the best option is a model that features renewable energy as an electric car; even though these cars tend to cost more upfront, they save money long term as they are cheaper to run than gas-powered vehicles.
Electric cars are also cheaper to maintain and service, as they don't have moving parts or require an oil change.
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