Spend To Save – 10 Things To Buy That Will Save You Money

spend money to save moneyWhen it comes to saving money, most people immediately think that they must reduce their spending in order to save. While this is one way to save money, it isn’t an exclusive way to save. Many people have the impression that in order to save money you shouldn’t spend any money, but there are a number of items that can actually save you money by purchasing them. These items may cost you some money up-front, but they’ll ultimately more than pay for themselves in the savings they provide. Here is a list of ten things you should buy to help you save money.

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22 Responses to Spend To Save – 10 Things To Buy That Will Save You Money

  1. mgroves says:

    Thanks for the reminder about the programmable thermostat. I meant to get one before winter started.

  2. Harry says:

    The federal requirements for bottled water are basically the same as for tap water. So if your local water supplier and your local bottler are in compliance, you will get essentially the same product.
    If you wish to pay to have bottled water, then you likely believe you are getting a better product.
    If it’s important to filter tap water, then it’s also important to filter bottled water.
    The bottled water companies obviously will not agree with me.
    My $.02.

  3. David B. says:

    I’d like to add one more. The Smart Strip Power Strip. It’s basically a surge protector looking device that shuts off all your equipment completely. I wrote a little article about it over at http://www.howdopeoplegetrich.com/2006/10/smart-strip-power-strip_29.html. I don’t actually own the Power Strip myself yet, but I have heard good things about and am thinking about making the purchase sometime soon. Does anyone else own this or heard good things about it?

  4. samerwriter says:

    I maintain that bottled water is _not_ inherently a waste of money. It has its uses. My wife grabs a bottle of water on the way out the door to go to work. It’s cheaper (and healthier) than a soda. But yes, the people who are buying it because they think it’s healthier than tap water are likely deluding themselves.

    I’ve personally never found CFL bulbs to be an adequate replacement for standard bulbs. The color is off, and the light pattern doesn’t seem quite right. Every year or so someone tells me “the newer ones are much improved”. I try one, and they still have the same problems.

  5. Trent says:

    CFLs are the greatest invention since the light bulb. We replaced our normal 60 watt bulbs with 17 watt CFLs in our home – everything is brighter and we’re saving about ten bucks a month.

  6. I like the idea of the Smart Power Strip and looked into it myself. However, I just got my electric bill and it was about $40 for the month. I’m starting to wonder how long it would take for it to save money and if it would really work with Tivo and other devices that do need to monitor the clock to tape shows.

    I love CFL’s as well. The only problem I have is that they don’t work in half the lights I have because they dim.

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  8. vsjhoc says:

    The annual fee for a safety deposit box may be tax-deductible if you itemize. Check the IRS rules.

  9. davis says:

    Nice list. Our water company actually gave away free faucet aerators and low flow shower heads a couple of years back and we did the whole house then. Check. Many will have discounts if not giving them away for free.

  10. Neil Harris says:

    It is a Safe Deposit Box.
    Not Safety

  11. Debt Hater says:

    This is a great post. I’ll keep the link for future reference.
    And I disagree with one commenter about bottled water — it is a waste of money and resources. I’ve been to many events that give out free water bottles. I bring those to work filled with filtered tap water. You just wash them and use them again. You can even buy good, cheap bottles and it’ll cost a whole lot less than buying cases of bottled water.

  12. crazyliblady says:

    I am replying back to the first post about water. The requirements for bottled water and city water may be the same and both waters may be the same quality for the most part. But water in some parts of the U.S. is loaded with fluoride and chlorine. I choose to drink bottled water or water that is both filtered and distilled to avoid the chlorine, argon, fluoride, and whatever else we probably shouldn’t put into our bodies. Now that’s my $.02.

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  14. CaptJ says:

    So, why has no one mentioned Seinfeld yet with the claim to use “Low flow shower heads”?!

    Low flow? Oh, I don’t like the sound of that!

  15. Steve Kelem says:

    Don’t forget an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). It costs around $100. Unlike a power strip, the UPS will shut down your computer gracefully when the power goes out. It took me one fried disk drive to learn this lesson.

  16. Gilbert says:

    CFLs are amazing! I have saved so much energy since I changed some of my light bulbs to CFLs. Some people complain about the difference in the quality of light but I don’t notice any difference at all. Although they are more expensive at the store than the ordinary incandescence, they pay for themselves in energy costs within no time. I highly recommend changing your incandescent bulbs to CFLs in the fixtures you use the most. In many houses these fixtures include: the kitchen ceiling, living room table and floor lamps, bathroom vanity and outdoor porch. I changed my lightbulbs in these places and have had great success in saving energy

  17. Daniel says:

    I have looked in stores for the faucet aerators but have been unable to find them. They sound like such a great idea but I don’t know where to get them.

  18. bestonnet says:

    A few things that should be said.

    First off CFLs should never be put into a fitting that has a dimmer, not even if you just leave it at maximum setting all the time. You should also note that they can at times take a while to come on (especially when cold or old) which might not be a good thing in some cases. If a light has to come on instantly then it’s a choice between LED or Incandescent.

    But CFLs whilst their colour rendition isn’t typically as good as a Cold White tube tends to be better than an Incandescent heater (i.e. they don’t make things look as orange) and flouros are the most efficient white lights you can get.

    Secondly, NiMH cells do suffer from memory effect, just not as bad as NiCd cells (note that there is actually no such thing as a AA battery because a battery has many cells). Li Ion batteries don’t have memory effect but they age and lose capacity after a few years (with no regard for how you use them) and tend to operate at too high a voltage to replace a single Dry cell or Alkaline cell not to mention the safety problems that come from not using them properly.

    Also don’t try buying just a couple of AA NiMH cells and then buy the charger later because rechargeables tend to be sold discharged. They also tend to self discharge a lot so if you need a battery for an emergency in a flashlight then you shouldn’t put a rechargeable in there (although you’re not planning on using it a lot if it is an emergency use flashlight) and you also need to recharge cells that have been left for a while.

    If you want to know about batteries see http://www.batteryuniversity.com/

  19. not a gator says:

    Ace Hardware sells faucet aerators for under $10.

  20. Brenda says:

    Because I believe the negative things I’ve heard about plastic containers, I am trying to use only glass or ceramic containers for left-over food at our house. I’ve heard reports that refilling water bottles is dangerous, as the plastic will leach into the water if they are reused. My question was, What is to stop the
    plastic from leaching into the original water?, and lo and behold, another report saying don’t keep a water bottle in your car, because a change in temperature can cause the chemicals in the plastic to leach into the original water.
    My solution–I don’t buy bottled water unless I am desperate. Most of it tastes awful, anyway. Get and refill a metal bottle if you need something unbreakable to carry around with you. (If we all do that, they will shortly discover something negative regarding the use of metal water bottles!)
    We have a counter-top distiller which distills water to 98% pure. We got it so we didn’t have to drink softened water and now our own water is my drink of choice. I do store it in reused distilled water jugs, though. Hmmm………

  21. kenny the water man says:

    I operate a water treatment plant and also worked for a bottled water companey. Most bottled waters come from manincipal water sorces there has to be a disclaimer on the package as to the sorce. The plastic bottles I have heard give off gas over time if you reuse them. I would use a another form to travel with your water. There are great products at your local home inprovment store to help remove unwanted tast and order from the water you already have. Most water prviders offer FREE WATER CONSERVATION KITS to there customers just ask don’t pay for them. Most come with a low flow shower head a toilet flapper(the biggist portion of waste is from this)with dye tabs to test your old flapper. and yes airaters for your sink. These kits were given out manditory by law to any costomer of the provider.

  22. Nabu says:

    i like the idea of buying rechargeable batteries and compact flourscent and LED lights. I’m planning to buy these things.

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