If you want to live a frugal life, you cut corners as much as possible to save money. But investing in a long-lasting and reusable product is more appropriate and financially responsible. Not only these products are environmentally conscious, but they are also reusable and reduce waste.
Here are 5 random reusable products I’ve purchased over the past few months. I believe these products/devices can save anyone money in the long run.
Reusable Ear Cleaner/Wax Remover
You will come across many news articles and medical journals explaining why you shouldn’t clean your ears with a cotton swab or Q-Tip.
For example, they can damage the eardrums as they are sensitive and fragile, cotton swabs only push the wax into your ear more, etc. Of course, I ignored it for the longest because it’s hard to put down Q-Tip as they feel good inside the ear. It’s not as if cotton swabs are very expensive, but it is one of those things that we should undoubtedly upgrade. I purchased these Clienere reusable ear cleaners a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you, I am not going back to a Q-Tip anytime soon. These are soft, flexible plastic that you can use to remove wax and relief each. Clean with warm water after each use, and you are good to go again.
I can’t believe I took this long to invest in a Water Flosser. Not only that, but I thought this idea was just hype; boy, was I wrong. Similar to, I was buying floss picks every couple of months. However, ever since I got my new Water Flosser I have loved flossing, and so far, I have only charged this once in the last 3-4 months. The one I bought seems to be out of stock on Amazon and Walmart, but plenty of Water Flosser is available online. Be sure to run the product through Fakespot.com to confirm if there are any reviews.
Wall Mounted Soap Dispenser
I am used to buying a lot of hand soaps from Amazon or Dollar Tree whenever there is a sale. And yes, I also have soap dispensers in the bathroom that I usually fill up. This method was wasteful. So, I bought a couple of wall-mounted hand soap dispensers that are working out great. Now, I only buy large size hand soap or refill pouch. As a result, there are few single hand soap containers to throw out, and I save money. The other benefit of these wall-mounted soap dispensers is there is more space on your sink now. You can buy a motion-activated soap dispenser. But before you do that, you would want to invest in the following item I talk about.
Rechargeable Battery and Charger
Many products in my home use AA or AAA batteries, such as TV remotes, smart locks, toothbrushes, etc. I would pick up 2/3 packs of batteries on grocery trips. To make matters worse, if I bought the batteries, e.g., Dollar Store brand, they would run out of charge in less than a week. After getting tired of that, I finally invested in good quality rechargeable batteries and a charger. Trust me, this is one of these products that you are too lazy to buy and save money once you do. At least, I was. I bought this Mr. Batt starter pack from Amazon that comes with has 8 AA batteries and a charger. Be sure to read through reviews and buy a charger that will last long. I bought a cheap one that never worked out of the box.
Fizzy drinks are the best in the summer, and cold Soda is a must-have after you have some greasy food. Ginger Ale is especially my favorite Soda. However, the store-bought soda cans are unhealthy (24 grams of sugar) and are not environmentally friendly. Enter SodaStream, soda maker. I got mine as a gift and use it almost every week. I can make flavored seltzer and sparkling water on demand. With one Ginger Ale syrup, I can make up to 9 liters of Soda, and it is 50% less sugar than regular Soda. They also have a CO2 cylinder exchange program. If you want to do it in person, you can go to Best Buy or Target and many other retail stores. Since I got the SodaStream, I have stopped buying Soda from the store.
Here are a couple more products that I own that should be on your radar:
I’m sure some of you may already have some of the items mentioned here. If there is a product you think should be on this list, please suggest it in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for reusable frugal products.
If you buy anything from this list, don’t forget to use a cashback portal to stretch your saving.
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