Many times when we think about getting out of debt, we neglect the small things. We are aware of the benefits that stopping to overspend can have and we know that we may need to cut out luxuries. But sometimes, there are small things that do not affect our quality of life in the long run that can help us save. We tend to overlook these items in all our price-comparisons, as they mostly do have a larger investment. Knowing your long-term costs is the key to enabling these items to save you items.
These five items have helped me personally save money on my regular expenses. They also happen to be good for the environment. Relevancy will depend of course, on your usage of these categories. This is not sponsored content – it’s 100% self-curated. Links are affiliate links and help me continue blogging without costing you extra.
Who it’s best for: People who own a single serve coffee brewer.
Initial investment: $69.00 – $20 mail-in rebate. This is a very good promotion going on – one of the best prices I’ve seen on it. Final cost is $49.
Who it’s best for: Seltzer drinkers. I don’t recommend it to replace sodas, as their flavors are definitely not a match for the leading soda companies. We do drink seltzer heavily and this has saved us loads.
Who it’s best for: Anyone who pays his own electric bill. If it’s covered by your landlord, let’s hope he already knows this fact.
How long it takes to cover the cost with savings: I’m leaving out this calculation because I feel the “what you’re saving” section gave a pretty broad picture, and because the time will vary greatly. You will save approximately $96 total, per light bulb, per 10,000 hours used (approx 417 full days), including the cost of replacing incandescent more frequently.
Who it’s best for: Anyone who uses products that work with rechargeable batteries. The most popular usage is in digital cameras, as they use lots of batteries and work with rechargeable.
How long it takes to cover the cost with savings: They require very little electricity to recharge, so I’m going to completely leave that out of the equation. They do not, however last forever, and this is important to remember. You should be able to recharge it hundreds of times. You should make sure it’s fully de-charged before recharging to get the most out of it. With this in mind, it’ll take you about as long as it takes to use 35 batteries to cover the cost (remember, most items use more than one battery at once.)
Initial investment: $63.00
Who it’s best for: If you don’t want to completely give up your home phone, and anyway have internet access in your home, this is for you.
How long it takes to cover the cost with savings: A little under 3 months. This includes a year of service so within the first year you save approximately $200. After that, you pay approximately $30 a YEAR!! That means that the average yearly savings will be $230. They do usually have discounts, which you will see when it’s time to renew.
I personally have been using this for years now and I’m very satisfied with it. I started using it when I lived abroad to be able to speak to my family without limit. Now I continue to use it in place of a regular land line phone.
You can see that there are no major savings on each thing, but how it all adds up. These are just five ways to save. If you follow my blog, you will see that I post other ways to save. When you add it all up, you will find that it’s much more do-able than you thought. Every little thing helps. Choosing the things that will not affect your quality of life will enable you to afford the other things that will enhance it.
Are there any products that have saved you money? Comment below!