Everything you buy has a price and a value. Sometimes spending more money than you think you should at first can save you some serious cash in the long run. The sooner we learn the difference between price and value the quicker we can cut household costs. Here’s a list of items that are evidence of how this intelligent mindset works in real life.
1. THERMOSTATIC SHOWER FAUCET
Before you say a thermostatic shower faucet, that costs three to four times as much as an ordinary faucet is something extra. Hear me out. It can save you hundreds of bucks a year because you won’t have to regulate the temperature of the water. Some online calculators can help you figure out exactly how much you’ll save and the more members there are in your family, the greater the savings will be. Also, you’ll be able to turn off the water while lathering. It will be the right temperature when you turn it on again and you won’t be freezing covered in a soapy foam while trying to regulate the water temperature.
2. WATER SAVING SHOWER HEAD
A regular shower head splashes away more water on you than you need to get clean. A water-efficient showerhead reduces the amount of water that goes through your water heater by seven gallons with every seven-minute shower and that’s around 2,500 gallons a year. That also means less water gets heated, so you’re saving both water and energy and the purchase should pay itself off in 10 months.
3. INVEST IN A FREEZER
Now, a freezer might sound like a waste of money and space in your kitchen or garage, but it can help you stock up and save a bunch. Supermarkets often offer good deals on foods that can be frozen and stored for a long time. You need vitamins all year round and seasonal greenery costs way more off-season. You can buy a whole salmon for two times cheaper than salmon steaks, in the same way, the freezer costs only a fridge and requires the same amount of electricity if you use it properly, it’ll pay for itself within three years.
4. FOOD STORAGE VACUUM SYSTEM
Have you ever cooked more food than you can eat and then fail to keep the leftovers edible and had to throw it all away in the end? A food saver which many would consider an extra work by sucking the air out of a plastic bag or container, keeping the food fresher for longer. It’ll also work with long-term storage in the freezer.
5. INDUCTIVE OVEN
An induction stove cost twice as much as an electric one from the same manufacturer, but what’s so cool about it is its super high efficiency. According to the electric power research Institute, up to 90% of their energy heats your food. An electric stove, for example, has a different efficiency of 70% while only 40% of a gas stove’s energy goes to heating food. This means that food is cooked faster on induction stoves, so the consumption of energy decreases.
Also, induction stoves don’t work unless you put something on them, so if you take the kettle off and forget to turn off the stove, it won’t stay on consuming the electricity in vain and since the surface of the stoves doesn’t heat up, the risk of getting burns is also less.
6. SEASONAL TIRE CHANGE
Even considering the cost of tire fitting services, seasonal tires will cost you less than universal ones because all-season tires have a lower wear resistance but you save the most money here as you improve the safety of your car. If it’s colder than 14 degrees outside all-season tires, harden, the grip on the road decreases and the car becomes less controllable. Expenses for repairing a wrecked car can damage one’s budget significantly, let alone medical services if they’re required.
7. GYM EQUIPMENT
If you visit the gym regularly and your membership costs a lot, you might take the gym home. If you buy some quality equipment that’s not crazy expensive, you can save some serious cash over time but make sure you only buy the machines you use, not just the stuff that was on sale.
8. HIGH-QUALITY MATTRESS
You know, you spend about a quarter of your life sleeping and that time affects the other three quarters. Good restorative sleep makes you more productive in a mattress that doesn’t kill your back will save you a lot of money in doctor visits later. The same is true about a good pillow.
9. COFFEE MAKER
Does your daily commute to work involve a coffee from a coffee shop nearby? So, you must be positive a coffee maker is way too expensive. A regular cup costs somewhere from $2 to $5 with an average price of three-fifty. If you get one cup of coffee every day, that’s about $1,300 per year. The cost will be higher if you’re not the only one in the family that drinks coffee or if you drink over one cup daily.
Now, coffee makers cost anywhere from $35 to $500 depending on the kind you get. Even when you add the cost of coffee beans, electricity and maintenance, your home coffee maker will pay itself off within one year. Once you buy it, you will be getting your daily dose of deliciousness for product cost only, which is about 20 cents per cup of espresso. Oh, got that java jive.
10. FILTERED BOTTLE WATER
There’s one more thing you buy every day and hopefully, you drink more of it than coffee. I’m talking about water. A filtered bottle will cost you about 40 bucks and there are also cartridge refill costs, but it should all be paid off in half a year. You’ll be able to fill in the bottle from any tab and the water will be cleaned from any viruses and bacteria.
Plus, using the same bottle repeatedly is way eco-friendlier than buying plastic bottles whenever you get thirsty.
11. LED LIGHT BULBS
Though led bulbs have many advantages, there one major disadvantage, high-cost stops many people from buying them. The price of a led bulb is about eight times higher than a normal incandescent bulb but at the same time, a led bulb consumes 10 times less electricity. Also, the service period of a led bulb is 10,000 to 25,000 hours. While for a regular bulb it’s 1000 hours. That means that while using one led bulb, you change a conventional light bulb about 20 times. So, a led bulb is about seven times wallet friendlier than a normal one.
12. KNIFE & BLADE SHARPENER
Once you get a knife blade sharpener, you won’t need to toss away your kitchen knives or razors when they get slightly dull. In fact, you’ll be able to use one blade for up to six months and kitchen knives forever.
13. A HIGH-QUALITY PHONE CASE
A paradox of life is that many people are willing to spend a fortune on a new phone or get excited about a $1 great deal case for it. However, such a case isn’t going to protect your phone in times of crisis and you might have to replace the gadget if you accidentally drop it. Getting a case for $40 doesn’t sound as scary as getting a new phone for $1,000, right?
14. SMART POWER STRIPS
If you’re using a device that has a lot of accessories, for example, a desktop computer that has a monitor, speakers, printer and so on, connected to it. Smart power strips will help you save on the electricity bill. When you turn on your computer, it powers on other connected devices. When you turn it off, everything else goes off as well and that cuts a lot of unnecessary expenses you would bear if you forgot to do so yourself.
15. A MOTION SENSOR LIGHT SWITCH
Clap on now, not that would seem like something out of a Sci-Fi movie a few decades ago is now a real money saver. Thanks to a motion sensor lights switch. You’ll keep the lights on only where you need them. As you move around the house. The installation is simple and quick and although it’ll cost you quite a bit, you’ll notice how much energy and hence money you save in no time.
16. ENERGY SAVING GLASS
About 40% of the heat loss in our homes falls on the glass. Just remember how much money you pay for heating. Half of this money goes right out the window and energy-saving coding helps reduce heat transfer through the glass by 75 to 90% depending on the type of coding. If you do some math, you can easily calculate how much you can save with low III glass.
Don’t forget to add the excess electricity that you use for heating your home, as well as the electricity used by air conditioners for cooling your home down while it’s hot outside. Yes. Another cool thing about energy-saving glass is that it works for keeping your home both warm and cool.
Wow, what about you? Which of the items on the list have you already implemented? Let me know down in the comments? If you learn something new today, then share this article with a friend, but Hey, don’t go out buying a side of beef or your freezer just yet.
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