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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite purchases that have saved them money. Here are the economic results:
1. Reusable microfiber cloths that will cut your cleaning costs.
“Seriously. I bought my first set of cleaning cloths in January and I have yet to purchase any cleaning supplies. The only chemical I use to clean is toilet bowl cleaner. I use water and Norwex cloths to clean every other surface in my home. Life-changing and money-saving!” —M. Piquette
Get a pack from Amazon for $46.99.
2. A soda stream that will replace your La Croix addiction.
“I use filtered water and then add citrus, basil, or basically anything I want or have on hand. I have saved a fortune not buying LaCroix and I have DIY pamplemousse on demand!” —Kristin K.
Get it from Amazon $71.11.
3. A pair of wireless headphones that won’t break on you.
“I used to spend money every few months on new earbuds because the wire kept wearing out. So I cut the middleman [and the wire] and got a luxurious pair of Parrot Ziks. Haven’t had to buy earbuds for years now.” —Rachel Elizabeth Miller, Facebook
Get these recommended headphones from Amazon for $166.99.
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4. A set of wool dryer balls that will replace dryer sheets and make your laundry extra fluffy.
“They help fluff up and evenly dry my down comforters/coats, and they’re a natural, chemical free alternative to fabric softener sheets. Six balls cost [under] $15, and they last for years.” —Casey Austin, Facebook
Get a set of six from Amazon for $11.99.
5. A bread machine that makes homemade loaves so much easier.
“Unless I’m being, fancy flour/yeast/etc costs about 40p per loaf (50 cents) compared to £1.20 ($1.60) for an equivalent loaf in the supermarket. –Hannah Haydock, Facebook
Get a two-pound bread machine from Amazon for $59.99.
6. A French press that will cut down on your cold brew bills.
“I love iced coffee. I drink it all year! Before getting the French press, I tried making over night iced coffee in a ziplock container… let’s just say it was a disaster. At night I fill my French press up with water and coffee grounds. By morning it’s perfect. So instead of buying an iced coffee for about $3 at Starbucks…I can buy an entire container for around $10. Super easy and delicious.” —Brittani June B., Facebook
Get this French press from Amazon for $16.84.
7. A food saver that basically eliminates freezer burn.
“It’s an investment up front, but when you save food items for months and sometimes years without spoilage, it’s very worth it! You can buy in bulk, seal it whole or portion it out to save even more! I love buying more expensive items like meat and cheese on sale to always have it on hand.” —Kristi-Marie Standing
Get it from Amazon for $73.45.
8. An on-the-go water bottle with a built-in filter.
“I can fill it up anywhere and have filtered water, so there’s no need to buy bottled water.” —Mary Catherine H
It’s also great for making infused waters!
Get it from Amazon for $5.99.
9. Reusable sweeping and mopping pads you can use with a Swiffer.
“You can use any kind of floor cleaner you like — save even more $$$ by making your own floor cleaner (there are tons of recipes on Pinterest).” —Samantha B.
Get a six pack from Amazon for $8.99. Get the original Swiffer Sweeper ones here and the Swiffer WetJet ones here.
10. A drying rack that saves money on your electric bill and helps your clothes last longer.
“I love mine and have saved not only on my electric bill but also on laundry sheets. And it is collapsible for easy storage!” —Your Opinion Is Moo
Get it from Amazon for $29.38.
11. Reusable bento boxes that will encourage you to actually make your lunch.
“I spent about $20 on reusable bento boxes. It encouraged me to cook my own meals at home using the sale flyer from the grocery store instead of grabbing something on the run. It easily saved me half as much money on food as I was spending previously.” —Tonya Brown, Facebook
Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.95.
12. A contract-free phone plan that’ll save you money.
“We only spend $50 a month and have unlimited talk, text and Internet.” —Cassy Michael
Check out the $45 plan at Straight Talk.
13. A family-sized Brita dispenser that will save you so much money on bottled water.
“We were spending a fortune on bottled water because our tap water tastes awful. The Brita is amazing, our water tastes great now and no more buying expensive (and environment-destroying) water bottles!” —Felicia-Marie Gauthier, Facebook
Get it from Amazon for $25.59.
14. A food subscription that provides all the ingredients you need and cuts down on food waste.
“Joining Hello Fresh has saved money and space. I have a smaller fridge, and all that excess shopping ended up being wasted before I joined.” —Tina Johnson Smithee, Facebook
Plans start at $8.75 per meal.
15. A sewing kit (and maybe some lessons) that will keep you out of the tailor’s.
“I had found the perfect outfit for graduation senior year, it just needed to be taken in. My parents gave me the option of them paying to get it taken in or getting matching shoes. I got the shoes and a $20 sewing kit and had my grandmother show me how to fix it in an hour. Between altering and re-hemming my own clothes and doing the occasional fix for other people I have saved/made a couple grand since then.” —Jamekin
Get it from The Container Store for $6.99.
Take a beginner’s sewing class at Udemy for $19.
16. A small chest freezer to stock up on amazing grocery deals.
“I bought a cheapo little chest freezer so I could stock up a little extra when meat went on sale. Then I learned to buy bulk fresh fruit when it was cheap and in season and freeze it for breakfast smoothies. Eventually I managed to cut my food budget for five by 20% *and* we eat healthier! Pro tip I learned from a friend’s misfortune: buy a freezer alert thermometer! They are less than $20 and will alert you to a power outage *before* everything spoils.” —Kathleen Hoskey, Facebook
Get this freezer from Amazon for $199.99.
17. A slow cooker that makes buying (and cooking!) in bulk more logical.
“It means I spend less per portion because I can buy a whole bag of carrots (for example) instead of just one or two — I make stuff in bulk and freeze portions. I’ll do 15 minutes prep in the morning before going to work (or even the night before) and it will be done by the time I get home. They are pretty versatile too, I’ve done curries, stews, roast joints, chili, even cake.” —Hannah Haydock, Facebook
Get a six-quart slow cooker from Amazon for $39.99.
18. A menstrual cup that makes buying tampons and pads a thing of the past.
“In addition to being better for you and the environment, it pays for itself after two or four periods. Way cheaper to invest in this once rather than continually have to buy tampons.” —Lauren S.
Get it from Amazon for $16.95.
19. Reusable grocery bags that will save you a lot of cents (while saving the environment).
“Here, the plastic/paper bags costs money (25-50 cents each) so over the years I’ve probably saved $200-300, and cloth doesn’t dig in as hard on your hands.” —Emma Cha Black, Facebook
Get a 10-pack of reusable bags from Amazon for $29.99.
20. A book that teaches you how to budget, pay off debt, and save money.
“Paid off $75K in debt. Seriously changed our lives. Best $20 we ever spent.” —Leah Wilson
Get the Kindle version for $12.99 and the hardcover for $14.89.
21. A water bulb that keeps your plants alive by watering them over time.
“My house plants thank me for that one” —Hans
Get a set of three from Amazon for $21.22.
22. A refillable K-Cup that lets you use any coffee in your Keurig machine.
“I love treating myself with my French press but for mornings when I really need to have a single cup of coffee on the go, I like to use the Keurig. And those K-Cups definitely add up (plus they’re horrible for the environment)! With the reusable cup, I can add any kind of coffee I want and it tastes just as great!” —Mary Cruz
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.47.
23. Gel nail polish and a curing light that will let you get long-lasting manicures at home.
“I’m a bartender so if I want my nails to stay nice after excessive hand washing, opening bottles and other constant damage by using my hands and nails, I have to get the gel polish at the salon. Since I’ve been getting them done twice a month for years, I’ve learned how to do them by myself. I recently went on Amazon and bought my own light and polish, which are the same brands my favorite salon uses. It was a bit pricey up front but saves me around $80/month.” —Stephanie C.
Get the light from Amazon for $31.99 and the OPI gel polish from Amazon for $11.33.
24. A Kindle that will save you money and shelf space.
“I bought my kindle so I wouldn’t spend so much money on physical copies of books. It has saved me tons of money, not to mention shelf space!” —Cheakpeasarenice
“Sign up with BookBub. You’ll get an email with Ebook bargains every day. You pick the genres, they’ll tailor to your preferences. I get books for 99 cents, sometimes even free!” —Anne R.
Check out Amazon’s $79.99.
25. And a color-coded(!) app that tracks your spending and keeps you up-to-date on bills.
“It may seem tedious to log every purchase, but if you’re a student like me and have limited money, get a spending tracker! Just download any app, and if you need to pay to upgrade and get full features, DO IT. It will be worth it. I have saved so much money by just keeping track of where my money is going.” —Pooki
Download Homebudget from the App Store and Google Play for $4.99.
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