While it’s always great to save money by cutting back on purchases, sometimes there are products that will save you money in the long term. I talked about my favorite kitchen gadgets that help me save money, but there are also some other household items that are money saving products as well.
- Rechargeable Batteries – If you use a lot of high power devices, you probably go through a lot of batteries. Even buying cheap batteries at the dollar store turned out to cost me an arm and a leg. Rechargeable batteries prove to be a money saver for me and the batteries in the Eneloop Power Pack are the best ones I’ve found. It comes with 8 AA batteries and 4 AAA batteries as well as adapters so that you can use them in items that take C or D batteries as well. It’s genius! Just remember to keep them charged or it’s absolutely useless to own them.
- Water Filter – You can either use the pitcher type or the type that attaches to your kitchen faucet, but I personally prefer the water pitcher type. For the size of my family I have to use the Brita Ultramax to have enough water for the day. The filters can seem expensive, but if you’re buying bottled water, this is definitely going to a cheaper way to go.
- CFL Light Bulbs – I started using these a couple of years ago when they were on sale and have never turned back. If you’re not used to fluorescent lighting, you may need some time to adjust to them because they make things look differently. Beware of the first time you look at yourself in the mirror with this new lighting – it’s a little frightening! I don’t think the brand really matters, I’ve bought several different kind and have not changed one yet!
- Clothes Drying Rack – Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ALWAYS hang my clothes to dry – I just don’t have time for it. But I do like to hang up bulky clothes that take forever to dry, especially on a warm windy day. You can also hang up items that have elastic in them to keep the elastic from becoming brittle and stretching out. Then you can save money on your gas/electric bill AND you won’t have to replace your clothes as often.
Before making a purchase, you really have to consider the price of the item and how much money it will save in the future. If the savings is small, you may need to consider the convenience factor. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to buy something if it’s only going to create more work for you, because chances are that you’ll quit using it and the money will have been wasted.