Do you remember this post that I did a while ago:
Ditching the Throwaway
Well I am going to expand on that topic today. Here is a list of things that I believe will save you money in the long run by owning them.
- Pressure Cooker - Mine saves me time not only money. I can buy cheaper cuts of meat and cook them in no time and they will be as tender as if I slow cooked them for 8 hours. I use it to make cook batches of rice and then I freeze it in portions.
If I forget to soak dry beans overnight, I can get them ready to use in a recipe by cooking them in the pressure cooker in just minutes. This is also an energy efficient appliance.
- Crockpot - This appliance will save you many dollars in energy usage over a year of oven use.
- LED Bulbs - I know I have mentioned these before but they are worth mentioning again. Change all of your bulbs in your home to LED's and you will see a drop in your electric bill.
- Vacuum Sealer - I have a Foodsaver and it has saved me mega bucks over the years because I can buy on sale items in bulk and freeze them knowing there will be no freezer burn.
- Shoe Shine Kit - We have owned one since we got married. Actually, Hubby brought it into our marriage. Take good care of your shoes and they will last you almost forever. We have some classic styles that are over 35 years old.
- Owners Manual For You Automobile - Hubby has purchased one for every car we have ever owned. It has saved us a fortune in DIY car repairs.
- Drying Rack or Clothesline - This not only saves money on energy costs but makes your clothes last longer. It's your dryer that breaks down the fiber in your clothes.
- Bar Soap Holder - These keep the soap from softening up and melting away. Just get a simple plastic one with the teeth that keeps the soap up in the air and dry.
- Carpet Shampooer - We are on our second one. They do such a great job that I don't have to pay for carpet cleaning. I have had light cream carpeting in our last two homes. When I sold our home in another state, the carpet looked brand new after 9 years. We have lived here over six years and people that have visited have asked me if my carpeting is brand new. You pay a fortune for good carpeting. Take care of it and will last you for decades.
- Foam Hand Soap - I bought one filled and reuse it all of the time. I just add 1/3 to 2/3 water and reuse it over and over. It saves a fortune in refill soap. You can also make your own liquid soap using bar soap.
- Mason Jars - These are cheap at Amazon or look for them at garage sales. I use them not only for canning but to store leftovers and to store bulk purchased items. They also are great for freezing things like homemade sauces. I rarely buy plastic wrap or plastic containers.
- Stand Alone Freezer - Just purchasing your meat in bulk at sales prices will pay for this item. We have had two freezers in over 40 years so I would say that they definitely pay for themselves.
- Electric Razor - Don't pay for shavers and blades that you throw away. Use one of these instead or at least buy a safety razor like Dorco.
- Silicone Baking Mat - This will save you from using foil.
- Hair Cutting Kit - We saved $$$$'s over the years on haircuts for our boys. Hubby always cut their hair and for many years when mine was short, he cut mine too.
- Dental Floss and Electric Toothbrushes - These will save you on dental bills over the years if you use them religiously.
- Bicycle - This will save your health and save you gasoline if you use it to run errands. I used to bicycle a lot. Now I am afraid of falling and breaking a hip. So I replaced it many years ago with a stationary one for my home. I try to use it every other day while I am watching a mindless TV show.
- Any Home Exercise Equipment - This will save you many dollars over purchasing gym memberships year after year.
I am sure there are plenty more but my time is limited this week. So if you think of any that I haven't listed and want to share with the rest of us, feel free to leave a comment.