Written by Bernie Carr
With rising inflation, our hard earned dollars do not go as far, so everyone is trying to save a few dollars here and there. These gadgets cost a bit up front, but they will help you save money in the long run.
Don’t keep buying bottled water. Instead, use a water filter with your tap water. I use my Berkey Light purifier on a daily basis. After a few months, it will pay for itself in terms of money saved from buying bottled water.
As someone who loves a good cup of coffee, I know the allure of going to Starbucks or Dunkin for my daily fix. But the expenses adds up quickly, not to mention the calories from those Frapuccinos. Instead, I brew my own coffee at home. I was happy with my Ninja coffee maker, until I moved and needed to save counter space. I now use a kettle and a pour over coffee pitcher with a reusable coffee filter, which saves even more.
Rechargeable batteries and battery charger
We keep batteries for small appliances as well as emergencies. Rechargeable batteries cost more up front, but they are worth it because you can use them over and over as long as you have a battery charger.
Produce freshness extender
With the price of food increasing at a face pace, it would benefit all of us to avoid wasting produce. I’ve been guilty of buying fruits and vegetables and failing to use them right away. When I’m finally ready to use them in a recipe, I find the vegetables have wilted.
I think this produce freshness extender is worth a try.
There are news reports that soda and other drinks that come in aluminum cans are in short supply. This will drive up prices. Since our family likes an occasional carbonated drink, we bought a Soda Stream and it’s help up save money. The C02 canisters last about four months- I keep two at home. After the initial cost, the canisters can be traded in for refills. Once they run empty, I take them to Walmart to trade in for refilled canisters which cost less than new ones.
Solar Outdoor Lights
Solar outdoor lights help save money on electricity. If you have a yard, you can use a set to light the pathway, or you can use solar powered lights as motion sensors.
Efficient Shower Heads
I noticed our water bill this month was quite a bit higher than previous months. When I logged into my account at the water company’s site, I found a notice to all customers that rates have increased. I compared this month’s bill with the same period last year – our usage was higher then, but the bill was much less than this time. Replaced our shower head with an energy efficient one. If you rent like me, hang on to the old shower head so you can change it back to the unit’s original shower head when you move.
Hopefully these money saving gadgets will help you save a few bucks. We all need ways to save during these times of high inflation. What is your favorite money saving gadget? Please share in the comments!
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Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.
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