Money Saving Household Items

By on 30/06/2014

Household Items That Will Pay for Themselves

We’re always looking around for a good return on stocks and investments. However, have you thought about household products that will eventually pay for themselves? While in some of the products, you might be putting out a bit more money in the start, but your savings will start showing within a year.

coffee

Coffee Maker: People waste so much money on expensive coffees at various different cafes. If you ordered a $5 latte everyday on your way to work, it would add up to $25 a week, $100 a month and $1200 a year. However, if you buy a good coffee machine for a little less than $100 and some good quality beans, you can have an equally satisfying cup of coffee at your very own home and at a fraction of price. At this rate of coffee expenditure, the machine will pay for itself in just 2-3 months.

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Shower Heads: You can find high-efficiency and water saving showerheads that can lower water flow rates to less than 2 gallons per minute. As per the Environmental Protection Agency, this is a savings of almost $2300 gallons per household per year. Not only is the water bill saved, but there are savings on the water heating bill. In fact, as per the EPA, a household can save up to 300 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough to power a TV for a year. What’s better? You can buy a water-saving showerhead for as low as $15 and the product pays back for itself in about 4 months.

waterfilter

Water Filter: No matter what you decide: the $15 pitcher water filter or the $120 carafe filtration system, the water filter can save you many dollars by filtering tap water rather than buying bottled water. Moreover, you are also reducing your carbon footprint by keeping the plastic out of the ecosystem. If you bought bottled water at $2 every day of the week, it would mean $14 a week and $56 a month. Thus, the product pays for itself in less than 2 months.

BBattery Rechargerattery Recharger: If you have lots of baby toys or other appliances that use up a lot of battery, this one is for you. Rechargeable batteries have come along a long way in the last two decades. If you have devices that are used with batteries, you will save yourself up to $50 a year. If you don’t have a house full of items that use batteries, you will still be saving some money and will be good to the environment. A battery recharger costs $18 and a pack of four AA rechargeable batteries cost $6. A pack of normal AA’s cost $4 and if you have to replace batteries every month, we are sure the product will pay for itself in about 6 months if not lesser.

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Dryer Balls: Dryer balls eliminate the need for dryer sheets as they are estimated to reduce the drying time up to 40 per cent. They cost about $10 for a bundle of two. As the average domestic does about 400 loads annually and dryer sheets cost around $5 for 80 sheets, it means you save almost $25 a year. Moreover, it cuts your drying time and brings savings in the energy costs. The product tends to pay for itself in 2 months.

Thermostat

Thermostat: A simple programmable thermostat can help you turn the heat down in the day when the house is empty and turn down at night when you are in bed, can help you increase your savings. You can get a thermostat for as little as $40 and this can easily trim up your heating and cooling bill by 20 percent. The product will pay back for itself in 2 months. Increase the savings by investing in a nice warm duvet on your bed will help you turn down the thermostat for a few more degrees for extra savings.

The Uptown Experts believe in investment in quality over quantity. It is a good idea to buy certain quality products that are durable or better made as over time these help you spend less. We hope you liked our list of household items that give you the biggest bang for your hard earned buck. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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