24 Things to Buy That Will Save You Money Every Day


As we try to save money on big purchases and expenses, it’s important to remember that small changes can add up over time. 

We often overlook simple, everyday purchases, yet these are the ones that can save us the most money over time, leaving us with more money in our wallets and our savings.

While spending money to save money might seem like a bad decision, it is actually a really good idea. 

In this article, we are going to look at 24 things that will save you money every day by investing a little bit upfront.

We have chosen these 24 things because they will save you the most money every day. 

Although they may be small changes, they will make a big difference in the long run. So, let’s dive in and see how you can start saving money today!

#1. Reusable Water Bottles

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If you are still buying single-use plastic bottles, you are wasting money that you could be saving. 

Invest in a reusable water bottle and simply refill it with tap water, or invest in a filtration system if you prefer filtered water. Either way, you are saving a lot of money, regardless if you buy a single water bottle regularly or if you buy a pack of them.

#2. Smart Thermostats

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Heating and cooling costs for your home can be a major expense, but with a smart thermostat, you can save money every month. 

By setting a schedule and controlling the temperature remotely, you can avoid wasting money on heating or cooling an empty house. Not only that, many have built-in motion sensors so that the HVAC unit turns off when it senses no one is home.

#3. LED Lightbulbs

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LED lightbulbs are not only more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they also last longer. 

This means you will save money on your electricity bill and replacement costs. Look for sales or shop discount retailers to save the most money. Alternatively, replace the bulbs in the most used areas of the home first, then over time, replace the rest. 

#4. Lunchbox 

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Have you ever kept track of what you spend for lunch each day? It can add up over time to a number that will surprise you. 

By buying a lunch box and bringing your lunch to work, you can make your meals for a fraction of the cost instead of spending $10- $15 each day on lunch.

Even if you eat out only three times a week, that is $180 a month, or over $2,000 a year you could be saving by packing your lunch.

#5. Coffeemaker

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If you stop to get a cup of coffee every day on your way to work, you need to consider investing in a coffeemaker.

Brewing your coffee at home instead of buying it from a coffee shop can save you more than $300 per year. And you can save even more by kicking the habit. Some studies suggest it’s not the caffeine that wakes you up, but because it is hot. Try drinking a hot cup of tea or water instead and see if that works.

#6. Water Saving Showerhead

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Did you know that a typical showerhead uses 40% more than a low-flow showerhead?

Switching to a water-saving showerhead can reduce your water usage and save on your monthly water bill. And don’t fall for the assumption that these showerheads mean it’s more challenging to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. You will still have decent water pressure to get the job done.

#7. Garden Seeds

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With the cost of groceries on the rise, growing your own vegetables and herbs can save you money every day.

Even if you plant only a few pots of vegetables, you will save on your grocery bill and enjoy the satisfaction of eating fresh, homegrown produce. And thanks to innovation, even if you live in an apartment or other small space, you can still grow a garden using planter boxes or vertical gardens.

#8. Bike to Work

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If you live where you can bike to work, you can save a significant amount of money on gas parking fees, tires, and auto maintenance.

If you don’t live within a reasonable distance from your workplace to bike to work, you can still save money by biking for other errands and short trips.

Don’t think you can never drive your car either. Even a couple of trips a week will have an impact over the long term.

#9. Reusable Dinnerware And Utensils

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Think about how often you and your family reach for a paper plate to eat each day and how much money you can save by using reusable dinnerware and utensils. 

Not only will you save money on buying paper products, but using reusable dinnerware can enhance your dining experience by providing a more elegant and enjoyable meal.

#10. Quality Shoes

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When you buy a cheap pair of shoes, you may think you are saving money, but in the long run, cheap shoes can end up costing you more because they wear out so fast. Even worse, they may not offer the support you need, leading to physical issues.

Investing in a good pair of quality shoes may cost more upfront, but they will last longer and save you money in the long run.

#11. Soda Stream

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Does your family enjoy drinking carbonated beverages? You may be spending more than you could imagine over time.

Instead of constantly buying cans or bottles of soda, you can simply make your own at home by investing in a Soda Stream machine.

#12. Rechargeable Batteries

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The number of disposable batteries we buy can add up quickly, as everything from toys to remote controls requires them.

Switching to rechargeable batteries saves money by avoiding replacements and offers a longer lifespan and better charge retention.

#13. Good Blender

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Eating healthy can be expensive, especially when it comes to buying pre-made smoothies and juices.

A good blender lets you make your own nutritious drinks at home for a fraction of the cost, and you can add ingredients you find in season or on sale to save even more money.

#14. Insulated Curtains

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Heating and cooling your home can be a major expense, but insulated curtains help to regulate the temperature inside.

In the winter, they keep cold air out and warm air in, while in the summer, they block out heat from entering through windows.

#15. Vacuum Sealer

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A vacuum sealer might not be something you would consider to save money, but it will help you save money on groceries each week.

Whether you like to save money by buying food in bulk or by using leftovers for another meal, a vacuum sealer will keep your food fresh for longer, preventing spoilage and waste.

#16. Power Strips

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Did you know that leaving appliances and electronics plugged in when not in use can still draw energy and increase your electricity bill? 

Investing in power strips with an on/off switch can help you easily shut off power to multiple devices at once, saving energy and money in the long run. They even make them now where you can plug devices in and those outlets will remain powered on even when you flip the off switch. This is great for DVRs and other devices that need constant power.

#17. Dryer Balls

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Dryer sheets may seem convenient, but they can be expensive over time.

Since dryer balls are reusable and help reduce drying time, they are a more cost-effective option. While you will eventually have to replace them, you can get a good year or two out of them before needing to replace them.

#18. Slow Cooker

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A slow cooker is a great investment for any busy household, helping save energy and money compared to using an oven, as it uses less energy and can cook cheaper cuts of meat to tender and delicious perfection.

Plus, you have a meal ready when you get home, so you are not tempted to stop for fast food.

#19. Tent

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A tent may seem like a frivolous purchase, but it can save you money in the long run.

Camping is a budget-friendly alternative to expensive vacations and hotel stays. 

You can even camp out in your backyard for a fun staycation.

#20. Plastic Containers

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If you grab a storage bag for every leftover food item, it can quickly add up in cost and waste.

Reusable plastic containers can be used over and over again, saving you money on constantly buying disposable bags or containers.

#21. Phone Protectors

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We all drop our phones at some point, and the cost of a new phone or repairing a cracked screen can be costly.

Investing in a phone protector, whether it’s a case or tempered glass screen protector, can save you from shelling out money for repairs in the future.

#22. Quality Cleaners

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It might be tempting to buy cheap cleaning products, but they often don’t work as well, and you end up using more, which costs more in the long run.

Using Dawn or Cascade, for example, might be more expensive upfront, but they are highly concentrated and require less product to get the job done effectively.

#23. Oil Changes

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Stretching the time between oil changes or skipping them altogether may seem like a good way to save money, but it can end up costing you more.

Regular oil changes help keep your car running smoothly and save you from expensive repairs down the road. 

Plus, you will get a better trade-in if you keep up with regular maintenance.

#24. HVAC Maintenance

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It’s easy to forget about your HVAC system, but neglecting regular maintenance can cost you more than you think.

Regular maintenance helps prevent costly breakdowns, makes your system run more efficiently, and saves you money on energy bills.

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