Some people seem to think that frugal living is all about not spending money under any circumstance at all. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Spending money is a fact of life, whether you’re frugal or not. Instead of not spending, the key is spending wisely. In addition to taking full advantage of good deals and crazy discounts, there are actual money-saving items that you can buy. That is, there are products that will cost you a little bit now but could potentially save you way more over time.
One of our favorite sayings is, “Little things matter.” Whether it’s a small increase in investing or a few more minutes at the gym each time you go, those incremental improvements add up.
These money-saving items have helped us cut costs, and we’re sure that they’ll do the same for you. On top of that, none of the items will set you back very much. In fact, no item on our list is over $20, making everything very affordable and increasing your potential return on investment.
5 Household Items Guaranteed to Save You Money
1. Fabric Shaver
We all get those little fabric balls, or pilling, that form on the outside of sweaters, jackets, and even pants. They make our clothes look drab and old. Rather than throwing out the article of clothing, consider shaving off those little fuzz balls. I’ve heard of people using razor blades to remove them before. Sure, it’s a cheap option, but you run the risk of damaging your clothes.
Instead, opt for an electric fabric shaver. The one we have runs on two AAA batteries. It has a perforated shield in front of the blades to protect your clothes and trap cotton balls. It’s a really inexpensive, quick, and easy way to bring an old sweater, you may have been thinking about tossing out, back to life!
2. Amber Glass Spray Bottles
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of surface cleaner? If you have, you were probably shocked to realize that it was mostly water. Making your own surface cleaner is a simple way to save money and avoid potentially harmful chemicals as well.
For our homemade cleaners, we love using amber glass spray bottles. These glass spray bottles are reusable, easy to clean, and BPA free. In addition to surface cleaner, you could fill your bottles just about anything, from homemade spot cleaner to even bug repellent.
For a full list of amazing non-toxic homemade cleaners, don’t miss this roundup list from Pastels and Macarons!
3. Wool Dryer Balls
Everyone wants their laundry to come out of the dryer warm and soft all over. One of the best ways to ensure that you achieve this desired effect is to insert a fabric sheet when drying clothes. Those sheets though are pretty expensive when you do the math. Plus, they’re known to contain questionable chemicals.
A great alternative, that’s sure to save you money, is wool balls. We were both pretty skeptical at first too. But after we started using them, we fell in love. They’re all-natural and leave your clothes feeling luxuriously soft after a tumble in the dryer.
4. Oil Sprayer
We used to buy aerosol cooking spray but stopped a few years back when we found a refillable oil sprayer. We love this little gadget for a couple of reasons. First, we don’t have to keep buying cooking spray which is significantly marked up. Second, we don’t overuse our olive oil. When you drizzle olive oil, there’s a chance you’ll use way too much. But, with the sprayer, you have a lot more control over the amount and distribution of the oil when cooking. Lastly, we know that the cooking spray ONLY contains olive oil and not 10 other unnecessary added ingredients.
5. Slow Cooker
If there were a symbol of frugality, it may have to be the humble slow cooker. The slow cooker is truly a marvel. It promotes eating at home, which will almost always save money. Slow cookers are also more energy-efficient than using the stove and are very effective at tenderizing cheaper cuts of meats (that will, of course, save money on groceries). No matter how you slice it, the slow cooker is a thrifty family’s best friend.
We hope you’ve been inspired to add some of these items to your shopping cart or, at least, your Wish List. If you’ve used any of these products before, let us know what you thought about them. And if you’ve got any favorite money-saving gadgets you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about them!