16 Expensive Things You Need to Buy to Save Money – Everything you buy has a price and a value. Sometimes spending more money than you think you should at first, can save you some serious cash in the long run. Here’s a list of items that are evidence of how that rule works in real life.
1. Thermostatic shower faucet
Before you say a thermostatic shower faucet that costs 3-4 times as much as an ordinary faucet is clearly something extra, hear me out. It can actually save you hundreds of bucks a year because you won’t have to spend time regulating the temperature of the water. There are online calculators that can help you figure out exactly how much you’ll save,and the more members there are in your family, the greater the saving will be. Also, you’ll be able to turn off the water while lathering — it’ll be the right temperature when you turn it on again and you won’t be freezing, covered in a soapy foam while trying to regulate the water temperature.
2. Water saving shower head
A regular shower head splashes away more water on you than you need to get clean. A water efficient shower head reduces the amount of water that goes through your hot water heater by 7 gallons with every 7 minute shower, and that’s around 2,500 gallons a year. That also means less water gets heated, so you’re saving both water and energy, and the purchase should pay itself off in 10 months.
A freezer might sound like a waste of money and space in your kitchen, but it can help you stock up and save a bunch! Supermarkets often offer good deals on foods that can be frozen and stored for a long time. You need vitamins all year round, and seasonal green erycosts way more off-season. You can buy a whole salmon for two times cheaper than salmon steaks of the same weight. The freezer costs no more than a fridge, and requires the same amount of electricity if used properly. It’ll pay for itself within 3 years.
4. Foods aver
Have you ever cooked more food than you can eat? And then failed to keep the leftovers edible and had to throw it all away in the end? A food saver, which many would consider an extra, works by sucking the air out ofa plastic bag or container, keeping the food fresher for longer. It’ll also work with long term storage in the freezer.
5. Induction stove
An induction stove costs twice as much as an electric one from the same manufacturer. But what’s so cool about it is its super high efficiency – according to Electric Power Research Institute, up to 90% of their energy heats your food. An electric stove,for example, has a different efficiency – 70%, while only 40% of a gas stove’s energy goes to heating food. This means that food is cooked faster on induction stoves, so the consumption of energy decreases. Also, induction stoves don’t work unless you put something on them,so if you take off the kettle and forget to turn off the stove, it won’t stay on, consuming the electricity in vain. And since the surface of these stoves doesn’t heat up, the ris kof getting burns is also less.
6. Seasonal tire change
Even considering the cost of tire fitting services, seasonal tires will cost you less than universal ones because all-season tires have a lower wear resistance. But you save the most money here as you improve the safety of your car. If it’s colder than 14°F outside,all-season tires harden, the grip on the road decreases, and the car becomes less controllable. Expenses for repairing a wrecked car can damage one’s budget significantly, let alone medical services, if they’re required.
7. Gym equipment
If you visit the gym regularly, and your membership costs a lot, you might consider taking the gym home. If you buy some quality equipment that’s not crazy expensive, you can save some serious cash over time. But make sure you only buy the machines you really use,not just the stuff that was on sale.
8. A high-quality mattress
You spend around ¼ of your life sleeping, and that time affects the other ¾. Good restorative sleep makes you more productive, and a mattress that doesn’t kill your back will save you a lot of money in doctor visits later. The same is true about a good pillow.
9. Coffee maker
Does your daily commute to work involve a coffee from a coffee shop nearby? So, you must be positive a coffee maker is way too expensive? A regular cup costs somewhere from$2 to $5, with an average price of $3. 50. If you get one cup of coffee every day, that’s a total of about $1300 per year. The cost will be higher if you’re not the only person in the family that drinks coffee, or if you drink more than one cup daily. Now, coffeemakers cost anywhere from $35 to $500, depending on the kind you get. Even when you add the cost of coffee beans, electricity and maintenance, your home coffee maker will pay itself off within one year! Once you buy it, you’ll be getting your daily dose of deliciousness for production cost only, which is about 20 cents per cup of espresso. Ooh, got that java jive…
10. Filtered water bottle
There’s one more thing you buy every day, and hopefully, you drink more of it than coffee– I’m talking about water. A filtered bottle will cost you about $40, and there are also cartridge refill costs, but it should all be paid off in half a year. You’ll be able to fill in the bottle from any tap and the water will be cleaned from any viruses and bacteria. Plus, using the same bottle over and over again is way more eco-friendly than buying plastic bottles whenever you get thirsty.
11. LED light bulbs
Though LED bulbs have many advantages, their one major disadvantage – high cost – stops many people from buying them. The price of an LED bulb is about 8 times higher than a normal incandescent bulb. But at the same time, an LED bulb consumes 10 times less electricity. Also, the service period of an LED bulb is 10,000-25,000 hours, while for a regular bulbit’s 1,000 hours. That means that while using one LED bulb, you’d change a conventional light bulb about 20 times. So, an LED bulb is about 7 times wallet-friendlier than a normal one.
12. A blade sharpener
Once you get a blade sharpener, you won’t need to toss away your razors when they gets lightly dull. In fact, you’ll be able to use one blade for up to six months!
13. A high quality phone case
A paradox of life is that many people are willing to spend a fortune on a new phone but get excited about a $1 “great deal” case for it. However, such a case isn’t going to protect your phone in times of crisis, and you might have to replace the gadget if you accidentally drop it. Getting a case for $40 doesn’t sound as scary as getting anew phone for $1000, right?
14. “Smart” power strips
If you’re using a device that has a lot of accessories, for example, a desktop computer that has a monitor, speakers, printer, and so on connected to it, “smart” power strips will help you save on the electricity bill. When you turn on your computer, it power son other connected devices. When you turn it off, everything else goes off, as well,and that cuts a lot of the unnecessary expenses you would bear if you forgot to do so yourself.
15. A motion sensor light switch (clap clap )
Clap On. NO not that!, What seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie a few decades ago, is now a real money saver. Thanks to a motion sensor light switch, you’ll keep the lights on only where you really need them as you move around the house. The installation is simple and quick, and although it’ll cost you quite a bit, you’ll notice how much energy, and hence money, you save in no time.
16. Energy-saving glass
About 40% of the heat loss in our homes falls on the glass. Just remember how much money you pay for heating; half of this money goes right out the window. An energy-saving coating helps reducing heat transfer through the glass by 75-90% depending on the type of coating. If you do some math, you can easily calculate how much you can save with low-e glass. Don’t forget to add the excess electricity that you use for heating your home, as well as the electricity used by air conditioners for cooling your home down while it’s hot outside. Yes, another cool thing about energy-saving glass is that it works for keeping your home both warm and cool.
Which of the items on the list do you already have? Let me know down in the comments!.