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Money Saving Gadgets Every Frugal Home Needs

Every good business knows that in order to make money, you have to spend it. This is true for saving money as well. If you are trying to be as spend-conscious as possible, there are some gadgets and appliances you should seriously think about purchasing. They may be more expensive that you think a budget-minded person should be spending, but the idea here is to think about the long term goal, and really, many of these you can find at yard sales or even thrift stores fairly easily. Here are some money saving gadgets every frugal home needs.

Every good business knows that in order to make money, you have to spend it. This is true for saving money as well and really, you can get many of these items gently used to rack up even more savings.

Money Saving Gadgets Every Frugal Home Needs

Water filtration system

The other day I was at a local furniture store and they had a bunch of water filtration systems for your home on major clearance. Systems that were upwards of $2,000 were marked down to $200. Something like this could save your family a huge amount of money if you use bottled water, water filters or even products like soups, stocks, and pre-made teas. Often times, it’s easier to make these things yourself.

Even refrigerator filters can get spendy when the filters are $30 and you have to replace them every 3 months, and that doesn’t take care of filtering your tap, which leads to lime scale on shower faucet heads, causing you to purchase more cleaning products. I mean really, when you think about all the little different things, it may seem silly to some, but I save every penny I can in very simple ways just by actively thinking through some of these little details. Shelling out $200 is not a big deal at all when you consider how much more you’re paying by NOT having one. Not only that, but at those types of stores, you can usually haggle your way to an even lower price!

Sewing machine

Forget tossing out clothing that is too small or torn. You can repair it or alter it instead. A sewing machine not only allows you to do these things, but you can potentially use it to make cloth diapers, fun gifts for others, bedding, pillows, and even reusable “paper” towels. Probably one of the most practical ways of saving money with a sewing machine is to mend your kids pants into shorts for the summers. With shorts at $1/piece at yard sale prices, mending pants with holes in them can easily save you $10 per child per summer.

A streaming device for TV

Although I’m a current satellite TV user, streaming devices are a great way to save money. With a streaming device, you really can watch anything you want for less than half of your cable bill. In fact, you can save so much that even if you add all three of the main streaming services (Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix) you still only pay about $25 a month and you have access to even the newest episodes of your favorite shows.

Slow cooker

This is one of the kitchen tools that every kitchen needs if you intend to save money. You can make so many meals in it on busy days, so you can avoid ordering take out. This is huge. I remember years ago when I was working in banking, my husband and I (no kids at the time) spent a good $300/month on fast food alone and I always wondered why we were poor. In my mind, I just didn’t see it. Having something like a slow cooker would have saved us a bundle. Here’s one on sale right now for less than $30!

A spatula

This may seem like such a simple and inexpensive thing, but spatulas are amazing in the money-saving department. Think about it…how many times have you tossed out a jar of mayonnaise or peanut butter with a little left in the bottom you couldn’t get out? With a spatula, you can make sure you get every last bit. This can really add up.

Popcorn popper

Popcorn, when bought in bulk, is amazingly cheap. The amount you spend on popcorn in those microwave bags is crazy expensive. Using a popcorn popper will only cost you about 10 cents to make a bowl of popcorn. This is especially helpful when skipping the movie theater and opting for a movie night at home.

A rice cooker

Did you know that a rice cooker doesn’t just make rice? Although, when you add up the cost of making rice that you buy in bulk in one, it makes sense to spend the money on one. You can think of a rice cooker as a “faster” slow cooker because you can make many things in to that will save you money such as oatmeal, quinoa, and even certain kinds of bread. A rice cooker is perfect to save you money because it can make many things people buy for convenience in no time flat.

Programmable thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat is absolutely imperative for the frugal home. So much electricity (or gas) is used up when you don’t have the degree set consistently. In the winters, these adjustable thermostats keep your home warm and on point with regards to degree. Same goes for summers. You can adjust them to be colder at night in the winters and save money while you sleep. I love being able to set mine to a certain degree, knowing that it’s where it should be, at the perfect setting for my home. I’m not overheating or overcooling it, thus saving me lots of money.

Silicone baking mats

Oh, the countless times I have wasted food that’s stuck on a pan when I bake. With a silicone baking mat, no longer will you be losing half your food because it’s stuck on the tray. It may not seem like a lot, but a lifetime of this habit can save quite a lot in food being thrown out as well as save the life of your baking trays. You won’t have to replace them as often by using your mats!

Labeling system

An organized home saves you a great deal of money. You will have to buy less, because you’ll lose less and know where everything is. You can plan out your menu’s and save money on groceries. There are so many ways that being organized saves you money and having a good labeling system is key. Label the food in your pantry, label shelves, label containers, write in the dates to avoid throwing something out. This labeler is currently on sale from $40 to $16!

Efficient shower heads

Using efficient low flow shower heads can save you a ton of money through out the year. You won’t use up as much hot water, saving you money every month on your bill and shower heads are very inexpensive to begin with.

Battery Chargers

One of the most money sucking things in your home is probably something you don’t even realize. It’s toys. All the toys these days have batteries and I swear the toys suck up 4 AA batteries every 2 days. One of the best things to invest in is chargers. You can find chargers and rechargeable batteries for sizes AA and AAA very easily. Over the long run, you’ll save good money as regular batteries are very expensive and add up quickly.

Every good business knows that in order to make money, you have to spend it. This is true for saving money as well and really, you can get many of these items gently used to rack up even more savings.

 

Can you add any money saving gadgets every frugal home needs to the list? What’s your favorite gadget that saves you money? 



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  1. I love this list! We own most of them and I agree that they are money savers! For example, my labeler (which I picked up on clearance many years ago) was used to label all of the shelves and bins in my refrigerator. Keeping my fridge organized helps us avoid food waste!!

    And I love my rice cooker! I use it to steam vegetables and sometimes I program it to start the rice before we get home if we are going to be late….allowing us to eat dinner at home and avoid eating out because I don’t have time to make dinner.

  2. The poorer you are the more you need a microwave and a simple food processor and a blender. Many meals taste better re heated by microwave.

  3. We just quit filtering our water. I noticed that cold water always tastes better, so we just make sure we have a pitcher in the fridge (I did invest in a nice glass pitcher, though, because I’m weird about plastic).

    Instead of buying a rice cooker, we just steam them with two pots. It’s a little ridiculous looking, but it works and saves us cabinet space.

    Labelling stuff in the fridge totally saves us money. We have a bin that’s for leftovers that need to be eaten and another for raw meats that need to be cooked/divided quickly. It’s nice to just glance in and see if a bin is full or not and it keeps the leftovers from getting pushed in the back and forgotten.

  4. You don’t need a popcorn popper! Just a brown lunch bag and a microwave. 🙂 Okay, okay, not everyone has a microwave- but they’re definitely multiuse gadgets as opposed to popcorn poppers. A stove works fine too, with a lid or screen over your pan. (screen for low oil popping, if you please.)

    But I’m with you on the not buying single use microwave popcorn- that stuff is nasty, overpriced and bad for you!

    I also am aware that I’m a weirdo, as I haven’t ever had trouble making yummy rice, white or brown, or quinoa in a pot(although there are many different types of rice, and preferences). My recipe is 1 part rice/quinoa to 2 parts water or stock, bring to a boil under a lid for a minute, then turn off the heat and allow to sit for 15 or 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. This works best on an electric stove; for brown rice or a gas stove, simply turn it down to a simmer for a few minutes (5-7) after the boil, then turn off the heat and allow to sit for 15 or 20 minutes. This makes medium sticky, never burnt rice, perfect for frying. (Even better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight first.)

    I’m annoyingly minimalist, as I’ve had to do without so often as a cook. But you’re so right- some things make life MUCH cheaper. Thank you, Sarah! I’m particularly excited to try a labeling system!

  5. Under the Streaming Devices, you mentioned this, “In fact, you can save so much that even if you add all three of the main streaming services (Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix) you still only pay about $25 a month and you have access to even the newest episodes of your favorite shows.”

    Can you explain how you have access to the newest episodes? I’ve wanted to switch to streaming instead of cable several times, but have always shied away because I can’t get a clear answer on where I can watch my shows the day they’re out, or even next day or week. Everything I’ve found seems to be seasons behind. Help!!