I recently wrote an article called 12 Things I Stopped Buying To Save Thousands A Year which was quite popular, so I decided to make a follow-up to that post. Here are 10 things you MUST buy to save money (in the long run).
These are things I have purchased in the last year that have personally saved me tons of money.
Reusable Water Bottle
Okay, I know this one was in my last post but it’s just so important that I gave I just had to touch upon it again.
I used to spend an absurd amount of money on plastic water bottles and beverages because I didn’t have a water bottle with me at all times. The best thing about reusable water bottles is they make you healthier and are great for the environment. Win-Win. Get a BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle and carry it with you everywhere.
And when I say ‘everywhere,’ I mean it. I walk around my house room to room with my bottle and it has made a world of a difference in my budget as well as my complexion (hydration = clearer skin!).
An Instant Pot
I realized I was getting older when I got incredibly excited about buying an instant pot, but seriously, this is the greatest invention ever! Although this might be on the pricier side, my instant pot saves me loads of money on a regular basis. How? Well, because I now make recipes in bulk. Instead of using one or two pieces of carrots for a recipe I use the entire bag. I make bulk recipes and freeze the leftovers.
I normally have enough for four to five meals and it takes me 15 minutes of prep in the mornings (or Sunday afternoon) and I’m set. Not only has this helped me save money, I never waste food, and I’ve even started eating healthier because I’m meal-prepping vs. getting home and eating whatever is in sight.
There are different sizes, depending on how many people are in your family or how large the portions you want to make are. I got the smallest one and it makes enough for 4 people (me plus three leftovers!). Just make sure your Slow Cooker is programmable, if not you have to be home to manually turn it off (what’s the point of buying one then?!)
Menstrual cups are incredibly easy to use, cheaper in the long-run compared to other menstrual products, and much safer for our bodies (compared to tampons). After using a menstrual cup, I am 100% confident I will never go back to using tampons again.
Amazon Prime Membership
I purchase almost everything (except groceries) on Amazon, so having a Prime membership makes a lot of sense for me. The amount of gas I save by not having to go to a Walgreens every few days for deodorant or sunscreen covers the cost of my Prime membership.
Just with the shipping included I get my moneys-worth but with Prime you also get:
– unlimited streaming of movies, TV episodes, and music (an amazing alternative to cable)
– borrow Kindle books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog
– unlimited FREE 2-day shipping
– other exclusive and special offers for Prime-only members
Free Trial: Amazon offers a Free 30-day Trial of Amazon Primer here. Cancel anytime if it’s not the right fit for you.
A Nutribullet Blender
I’m obsessed with all things health and fitness, but smoothies are incredibly overpriced, and regular blenders are messy and hard to clean.
The solution? A Nutribullet. A Nutribullet has saved me loads of money on smoothies (and ordering breakfast overall). Buying frozen fruits and veggies has allowed me to save a lot of money since they don’t go bad and it has been such a great investment in my health and wellbeing.
I especially love Nutribullet because you can drink it straight out of the cup, so clean up is quick and simple.
Reusable Glass Containers
I know a lot of these are food related, but the truth of the matter is we (as a society) spend so much on food, whether it’s groceries or eating out.
One of the major ways I have saved money is packing lunches, so along with my slow cooker, I bought reusable glass containers and always pack a lunch.
A Fancy Coffee Machine
I have been a long-time coffee addict. Don’t judge, but my mom used to wet my pacifier in coffee whenever I was crying, it was the only thing that would shut me up. That’s a real story! So my coffee addiction grew and I was spending enormous amounts of money regularly on Espressos, lattes, and iced coffees.
Until one day I discovered this coffee maker! If I’m going to be completely honest, I actually didn’t purchase this one, it was a gift from my mom, bless her soul for fueling my caffeine addiction.
But ever since getting this lovely machine, I don’t buy coffee’s out anymore. It makes amazing coffees, both iced and regular!
I am beyond obsessed with it and take coffee to work with me every day in my…
I never had a thermos because I didn’t really have a need for it. But ever since I was gifted the coffee machine, it just made more sense to take the coffee with me than to purchase one a couple hours into the workday.
Both these purchases have saved me hundreds of dollars a year, considering I was buying one overpriced latte a day, everday.
$5 Meal Plans
The $5 Meal Plan is such a lifesaver! If you have trouble figuring out what to make for dinner, or you never have a plan, thus ordering takeout or eating crap, this subscription will be a godsend for you.
If you aren’t familiar with the service, $5 Meal Plan basically provides you with a weekly meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, recipes and grocery list included! It takes all the guessing out of meal planning and you never buy too much food or waste food because you didn’t have a recipe for it.
If you spend too much money ordering out or are constantly throwing away food because it spoiled before you got around to cooking it, you need this in your life.
I discussed in the last post how I stopped purchasing paper towels and replaced them with huck towels. You don’t have to become a 100% paper towel free home, but simply using towels more, you can really save a lot of money. In my household, we would easily go through one or two rolls a week.
Not only is that not good for the environment, but it also puts a dent in your budget.