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I know it sounds a bit counterintuitive, but these are 10 things that you absolutely must buy if you want to save money in the long run! You can consider these items as an investment with an infinite ROI (return on investment). Here’s my list of the top 10 things you must buy to save yourself big bucks over the long run!
These also make for some practical gifts if you’re in need of some gift ideas!
Doing laundry is expensive.
If you don’t own your own washer and dryer, then it could cost anywhere from $1.50-$4.00 to wash and dry. The machines in my building charge $2.50 per wash and $2.50 per dry.
Even if you do own your own machines, each load you dry is estimated to cost you about $1.08! If you’re doing laundry every week, that’s over $50 a year!
The other alternative is to buy a drying rack. The drying rack that I bought only costed me only about $10 which is equal to 4 loads! And this thing is extremely durable. I’m sure it could last me decades!
Not to mention, air drying your laundry also makes your clothes last longer. It’s better for the environment too. Air dry your laundry to save money, save your clothes, and save the environment all at the same time!
An Insta-pot is a slow cooker and a high-pressure cooker all in one. An Insta-pot uses less electricity than the oven and the results are comparable, if not better!
I use the Insta-pot to make rice (yum!), soups, and more! It’s so easy to just toss in a bunch of vegetables (or meat) and just let the Instapot do all the cooking for you.
I literally walk away for hours and then when I get home, the food is ready! This thing is a work of art, I tell you!
I haven’t tried it myself but this machine can also do other amazing things like making yogurt, cake, and more!
My building does not have air conditioning so I bought a fancy fan as a way to keep myself cool in the summer.
20somethingfinance did the calculation and using a fan costs only 1% of the cost to running the air conditioner!
If you don’t have one already, go and buy yourself a fan! You will save BIG on A/C costs when the weather gets hot!
4. Yoga mat
I don’t go to the gym but I keep fit by doing light stretches and yoga on my yoga mat. Yoga is a great form of exercise. It’s also a great way for you to relax and destress.
My favourite yoga mat is this one. It’s used by all the serious yogis I know. It’s got a life-time warranty and it’s super sticky. I’ve never had issues with slipping.
However, a cheaper alternative would be this one.
Feeling guilty about taking long showers? Switch to a low flow shower head!
You can still enjoy the luxury of a long shower and shave off 25-60% in water usage!
Further, with most low flow shower heads, you won’t even notice a differene in water pressure. Whoohoo!
I love my menstrual cup. It was the best purchase I made a few years ago when I decided to make the switch between disposable and reusable period products!
A menstrual cup replaces the need for pads and tampons. One cup can last a couple of years. This translates into literally hundreds of dollars saved in period products!
You only have to change the filter every few months depending on how much water you’re drinking!
I find that I drink a lot more water when I use a water filter as opposed to buying plastic water bottles! On top of that, I save money and I save the environment! Win-win!
This is for all the coffee lovers who have to buy 1, 2, 3, 4, or even 5 cups of coffee everyday. Having your own French press and bringing your own coffee to work could save you hundreds of dollars per year!
I never knew the “real” way to drink coffee until my French boyfriend showed me how to use the French press. The coffee this thing makes is out of this world!
This programmable thermostat is a must for reducing your heating bills!
A programmable thermostat allows you to control your heating bills. When you’re not home, the heater can be turned off completely or adjusted to a lower temperature to save you some money.
And ditto for the air conditioning in the summer. It can be controlled and turned off during the day when you’re out.
You can set your thermostat such that the house will be nice and toasty right in time for when you get home from work!
The Nest programmable thermostat is the one I recommend. It’s a smart thermostat and self-regulates. It’s also completely controlled through an app on your phone. The thermostat will save you enough in energy bills to pay itself back in two years.
What’s more, you can set a “night” mode and lower the temperature a bit while you’re sleeping. Studies have shown that you get a much better quality of sleep when the temperature is reduced by a few degrees!
10. Clothes steamer
I hate ironing my clothes because I always end up burning them. I was sooo happy when I discovered this clothes steamer.
It’s so easy to use! Instead of ironing, you just apply steam to your clothes to get rid of wrinkles and kill odours! This machine is a lifesaver, seriously.
Say goodbye to having to take your dry-clean only clothes to the dry cleaners!
I hate the idea of spending money, especially a large amount upfront. However, I do recommend that you invest in these 10 items to save money right away!
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