There are many products out there that may cost you upfront but will save you even more money in the long run. Today I want to share with you things that I have that cost money but ultimately saves much more. I hope this post inspires you to look at your budget and consider different products to save money.
Before I started driving my Toyota Prius I drove a Chrysler 300. I mean it was clean! It was around 2016 when the gas prices spiked and I found myself spending nearly $50 a week in gas… that was nearly $200 a month in gas alone! I decided to go extreme, while before I would have never considered a Prius filling up for $25 started to look more appealing. One thing that I noticed not only in gasoline cost was I saving money, but I was also saving money through repairs. Hybrid cars need very little work over the course of their lifetime. While I do take my car in for routine checkups, in the four years that I have had my Prius, my car has not broken down or had to have a part replaced not even once.
I absolutely love myEcobee Smart Programmable Thermostats (I have two). The idea of the programmable thermostat is that you will reduce energy usage when you are away at work or when you are sleeping. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 30% on your heating and cooling bills. MyEcobee pairs with up to 32sensors which keeps my home more comfortable and works with my Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Echo, and my Google Home.
Water is a natural resource, but we tend to waste it in our homes as well. When I decided to switch from a traditional shower head to a low flow showerhead, my water bill literally went from nearly $50 a month to about $30. My personal favorite shower head with ShowerStart technology. These shower heads conserve all the water that runs while you wait for it to warm up and alerts you to it. The cost of these shower heads should be recovered in just a couple of months. ShowerStart technology saves time, water, energy, and money without lowering water flow.
I replaced all of the lights in my home to LED (which stands for the light emitting diode). LED lighting products produce light up to 90% more efficiently than traditional incandescent light bulbs. My power bill dropped nearly $15 a month when I decided to change out all of my light bulbs.
I’ve been off soda pop for a couple of years now. I didn’t realize it at the time but when I bought sodas on the regular it costed me financially. Not only paying nearly $50 a month in soda cost (that’s $600 a year!) it saved me money on health-related issues. My chronic sinus issues suddenly improved once I stopped drinking sodas. As a substitute, my wife got me a soda stream machine and I have not had a desire for sodas every since.
The SodaStream drink maker is a device that forces carbon dioxide (CO2) gas into the water, making it fizzy. … The bottle, filled with water, is inserted into the machine, and with a button push or two, compressed CO2 from the cylinder is injected, creating carbonated water.
I do not add the sugar syrup, I use flavors that are sugar-free and I get the same taste. Not to mention the savings in my budget! Especially with a trade in a cylinder of CO2 you will save hundreds of dollars each year!!! It also comes with bottles specially made for this brand.
Get in the habit of not just turning off the lamp but unplugging it. Even items that are turned off pull electricity when they are plugged in. An easy way to do this is to plug things into a power strip and unplug it when you are not using them. You can also upgrade to a smart power strip which might be easier.
I have about four Starbucks within a two-mile radius from my house. Going to Starbucks in my case is VERY convenient. But I decided to stop going for a summer to see how much money I could save… I saved A LOT! Just do the math! If a person goes to Starbucks every workday and spends $5 there, that’s $5 per visit times 5 visits per week, or $25 per week. If that person works 50 weeks a year, that’s $25 per week times 50 weeks per year which is $1,250 per year. If you’re spending $1,250 per year at Starbucks right now and you stop doing that, that’s $1,250 in your pocket.
I decided to buy a Keurig VUE V1200 (which I couldn’t be happier with my purchase) and brew my own coffee and hot drinks. By using tap water and K-cups and with this machine (less than $75) I am saving hundreds each year! STOP COMMITTING FINANCIAL SUICIDE.