15 Purchases To Make When Getting Your Own Place To Save Money

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Did you know there are products out there that make life more convenient and help you save money? I’ve compiled a list of 15 items that are affordable and save you money.

Many of these items are reusable, meaning you’re making a great decision for the environment while also saving you a trip to the store to repurchase. 

Here’s a list of 15 products that will not only help make life easier, but save you money in the long run.

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1. Home Repair and Improvement Book

What if there was a one-stop shop book out there that helped you complete simple home repairs? The Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement book is a 600 page home improvement manual that includes 325 step-by-step projects with how-to photos, tools, and material lists.

Not only that, you learn essential information on tools, materials, and basic skills. The entire book is tech-reviewed by 20 industry experts and includes a thorough glossary, so you’re never lost on what something means. 

Cost: $19

Saves you this much cash: Potentially tens of thousands over the course of your life.

2. Instant Pot

Are you looking for the ultimate piece of kitchen equipment that will help you save time and money? An Instant Pot can do just that.

The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauce pan, yogurt maker and warmer. There are even 14 1-touch smart programs for foods like soup, beans, rice, yogurt, desserts, so you can make many foods on autopilot. The components and accessories are even dishwasher friendly. 

Cost: $79

Saves you this much cash: $50+ a month

3. At Home Gym

Instead of paying for a gym membership, you can create your own gym at home. All you need are weights or resistance bands, and a cardio bike. You can even get an affordable at home gym membership to Peloton for $13 a month. That includes yoga, strength training, running, cycling, meditation, barre, and other fun classes. 

I personally have a Peloton bike as my home gym and love it. Once the bike is paid off, the Peloton membership costs about $39 a month and between my husband and I, that’s about $20 for a gym membership.

Cost: $100-$500

Saves you this much cash: $50 a month

 

4. Keurig Coffee Maker & Reusable K-Cups

I love going out for coffee on the weekends, but during the week, I make coffee at home. A Keurig Coffee Maker can save you roughly $80 per month and cut down on Starbucks coffee cup waste.

To save even more money, you can buy a Reusable K-Cup Pod, so all you need to do is buy coffee beans instead of expensive K-Cups.

Cost: $80

Saves you this much cash: $80 per month

 

5. Reusable Storage Bags

Do you want to cut down on waste and never run out of sandwich/snack bags? These reusable storage bags come in a pack of 20 and are BPA free. They’re easy to clean, multipurpose, and even freezer-safe! 

Cost: $20

Saves you this much cash: Roughly $20 a year 

 

6. Budget Planner

Creating a budget is one of the most responsible things you can do for your money. This Clever Fox Budget Planner helps you keep your money organized, stay focused on monthly goals, manage debt, savings, and expenses. If you’re detail oriented and love staying organized, this budget planner will definitely meet your expectations. 

Cost: $20

Saves you this much cash: Potentially hundreds if not thousands per year

 

7. Reusable Paper Towels

We rarely buy paper towels anymore unless we really need them for something. You can DIY paper towels like we did. All we did was get towels we no longer use and cut them up into paper towel sized pieces.

We also bought a sink storage organizer where we store all of our clean paper towels, so they’re easy to grab in the kitchen when we need them.

You can also buy a reusable paper towel set.

Cost: $21

Saves you this much cash: $10 per month 

 

8. Makeup Remover Pads

Makeup remover pads are multifunctional. They can help cleanse, tone, moisturize, and are made with a microfiber construction that won’t scratch or stretch your skin.

20 million single use makeup removers are thrown away every single day in the U.S. So when you buy these reusable makeup remover pads, you’re helping the environment, too. 

Cost: $16

Saves you this much cash: $60 per year 

 

9. LastSwab

One LastSwab is the equivalent to 1,000 Q-Tips and comes in an eco-friendly case to hold the swab. Each swab is made with a stiff, compact nylon core with flexible and soft medical silicone on each end. LastSwab is incredibly easy to clean. All you do is clean with water and soap or rubbing alcohol to sanitize it.

Cost: $12

Saves you this much cash: $30 per year

 

10. Razor

This safety razor pack comes with a safety razor and a safety razor stand. I use this kind of safety razor and find it to be great for shaving my legs and armpits, but the delicate areas, not so much. However, splitting my usage between a safety razor and regular razor has helped me cut down on waste and spending money on razors significantly. 

Cost: $27

Saves you this much cash: $40 per year

 

11. Fruit Infused Water Bottle

If you tend to buy drinks at convenient stores, this fruit infused water bottle is a great alternative. This water bottle comes with an security latch, cover sleeve, full length fruit basket, and leak proof design. I love putting strawberries in my water bottle.

The purchase of the fruit infused water bottle comes with a free eBook filled with 27 water infused recipes. 

Cost: $20

Saves you this much cash: $100 a year

 

12. Home Maintenance Log Book

One of the best things you can do as a homeowner is stay up to date with home maintenance. This book: I’m A Homeowner, Now What? (A Logbook for Everything in Your Home) includes fill-in lists and charts to keep track of essential information to stay organized in your home.

This book also helps you keep track of details on your real estate agent, utilities and community info to plumbers, electricians, remodeling plans, and more.

Cost: $12

Saves you this much cash: Potentially thousands over the years by staying organized on house maintenance

 

13. Menstrual Cup

This is for the ladies reading this. The average woman creates about 300 pounds of tampon waste in their lifetime. With a reusable menstrual cup, you eliminate all of that waste. Even better, you only need to purchase one reusable menstral cup per year, saving you a ton of money and trips to the store. 

Cost: $33

Saves you this much cash: $7 per month

 

14. Food Saver

This vacuum sealer machine can help you save meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and even bread. It’s incredibly easy to use and helps you preserve the storage life of food by 8 times.

The vacuum sealer machine only requires 4 simple steps to help preserve your food, making it a no brainer! 

Cost: $40

Saves you this much cash: Potentially hundreds of dollars per year on saved food

 

15. Meal Prep Cookbook

Eating plant-based meals and meal prepping is one of the best ways to save money on groceries. This Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook comes with ready-to-go meals. There are 70 recipes and 8 meal preps that include a meal plan, shopping list, equipment list, and 5 recipes for a week.

Meal prep saves time and money and helps you eat healthier foods by having meals ready to eat.

Cost: $15

Saves you this much cash: Hundreds of dollars over the course of a year

 

Final Thoughts

What is a purchase you’ve made that has saved you money?

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