Let me guess, you went over your finances and realized you need to cut back on spending, and now you’re looking for advice on how to save money without giving up your daily $5.00 Starbucks coffee? Look no further! Although If you want immediate results, I still recommend you start making coffee at home, but until you experience that epiphany these inexpensive products can help you save money in the long run.
1. Food Preserving Containers ($7.50)
As an adult, the most shocking realization for me was how fast fruits and vegetables seem to go bad when you’re the one buying them. It seemed like every week I could not get through produce fast enough and I always ended up throwing something out. Fruit and vegetables can be expensive, especially when buying organic, locally grown or items that are not in season. These food preserving containers help fruits and vegetables stay fresh for up to two weeks which makes a significant difference on your grocery bill. There are many different brands, but these have different sizes and most importantly feature an easy to follow guide that’s printed on the container telling you whether to open or close the vents based on what items are inside.
2. Reusable water bottle ($9.29)
If you’re still purchasing plastic water bottles, then you need to reevaluate your life - kidding, sort of. But seriously, one-time use water bottles are not only wasteful, but they are expensive and unnecessary. I use to buy plastic water bottles any time I left the house, and I justified it by telling myself that I’m busy and in a rush, and it’s easier to purchase the plastic ones, BUT it’s not! it's much easier to bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up; I also ended up saving $10+ a week! This is the exact one I bought because, 1. It’s inexpensive, 2. It has a squirt cap (I find I drink more water if I don’t have to undo the cap, plus it’s more accessible while driving), and 3. If I drop it, it won’t break. They are also BPA free, insulated and have lots of fun colors.
3. Silicone Oven Mitts ($20.97)
I know what you’re thinking, oven mitts? How will these help me save money? Hear me out. I can’t even count how many cloth oven mitts I’ve gone through in the last 5 years, they either burn through or become so filthy that the washer can’t even save them. The honey ham incident of 2017 alone completely ruined a pair of cloth oven mitts I had (my hand accidentally slipped, and sideswiped a freshly glazed, and sticky ham when pulling it out of the oven). These silicone oven mitts changed everything. They have a silicone shell that can easily wash clean, and they also have a non-slip pattern that helps prevent slipping which is a necessity that I learned the hard way! Most importantly they are heat resistant up to 482F/250C to keep you protected and to make sure they don't burn through. If you shop smart and spend the money on these now, it will save you lots down the road.
4. A Super Spatula ($12)
Now, it might not look like much, but these spatulas will help you save a ton of money in the long run. When you use bottled products, you might notice that when the item appears to be “empty” there is still a lot of product at the bottom that usually has to be thrown out but not anymore, thanks to these long 6’inch and 12’inch spatulas. Yes, they will allow you to get every last drop of sauce out of the jar or ketchup out of the bottle, BUT they are so much more than that, they can also be used to get lotion, makeup and creams out of the container too! The money you’ll save on foundation alone makes this an excellent purchase.
5. Bamboo Towels ($7.59)
These are a game changer! If you have kids, pets or are a little on the messy side, this is the product for you. I can’t even believe this product exists; it’s almost too good to be true. Instead of using one-time use paper towels these bamboo towels are machine washable and can be used over 120 times before they need to be thrown out. Unlike regular trees, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and it is grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or irrigation, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable choice. One roll replaces 6-months of paper towels which will save you tons of money in the long run!