This was originally published in January 2021 and has been updated.
So you made a personal resolution to save money. But you’re still not really sure how. Have no fear — there are many ways to bulk up your savings account. One way you can do that: by spending smarter. Constantly buying makeup wipes? Not anymore. What about tampons? Next. Get ready for some products that’ll do the saving for you. So you have extra dollars in your wallet later.
It’s soft, won’t irritate sensitive skin, and will end your consistent purchases of single-use packaged wipes. The trick is in the fabric. All you’ve got to do is add water. And once your face is clean, you can toss it in the laundry. Magic. ($20, Amazon)
But at a fraction of the cost. And no, you don’t have to be an expert to use it. It features three heat and speed settings, plus a cool option for styling. The oval design helps to smooth your locks and create volume. Hello, good hair days. ($37.51+, Amazon)
Roasted weekly in Brooklyn, these beans are imported from partner farms in Vietnam. You can get the trio, or choose a single bag for shipments that work around your schedule. No more watery coffee here. ($39/subscription, Nguyen Coffee Supply)
Seriously. Lettuce won’t wilt. Blueberries won’t mold. These containers regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow, so they keep your precious produce from spoiling. Plus, the built-in filter never needs to be replaced. For the best results, don’t wash your produce before adding it to the containers. ($19.99/set of four, Amazon)
If you’ve ever owned a bottle of foundation, you know how frustrating it is to see so much go to waste. Enter these mini spatulas. They’re designed to expertly fit in the nooks and crannies of small bottles. So you don’t have to throw away a bottle that still has so much product sitting inside. Bless. ($13.99, Amazon)
Instead of buying bottles (or cans) every week, invest in a SodaStream. Thanks to the carbonating cylinder, you’ll be able to turn regular water into bubble water in just a few seconds. You can even add different flavors like lemon, watermelon, or cola. Give your wallet (and recycling bin) a break. ($79, Amazon)
But (and there’s a good but), it’s equivalent to 150 watts. So you get a light bulb that’s similar to natural sunlight, but won’t run up your energy bill. It’s also dimmable. So your eyes can rest easy at night. ($39.99/pack of 4, The Home Depot)
Start out by taking a quiz about your teeth’s sensitivity, your brushing habits, and diet. Based on your answers, a custom formula will be created that’s fast-acting, effective, and won’t cause insane sensitivity. The kit will come with your gel formula and a mouthpiece. Follow the steps and watch your teeth brighten in as little as six days. Psst...Skimm HQ’rs have used this kit and swear by it. ($80+/bundle subscription, Laughland)
It can pressure cook, air fry and crisp, steam, slow cook, bake and roast, sear and saute, broil, dehydrate, and make yogurt. So you don’t need more than one appliance hogging counter space. And this one can hold up to 8 quarts. Get ready to feed the whole family. ($174.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)
It’s simple. Just pour water into the base of this coffee maker. Then scoop your favorite ground beans into the mesh filter, and insert that into the water. For the perfectly chilled brew, leave it in your fridge overnight. Just think about all those throw-away paper cups you’re gonna save. ($24.99+, Amazon)
Made to be reused, this menstrual cup is the sustainable option you’ve been waiting for. Free from latex and harmful chemicals, it can provide 12-hour protection. And yes, that includes overnight wear. So you can stop shelling out money for your monthly supply of feminine products. ($21.99, The Honey Pot Company)
A little less takeout, a little more home cooking. The standing bags can be placed right in your fridge when you need to store leftovers, while the bags that lie flat can be used to store makeup, band-aids, and any random items you have lying around. So no more purchasing plastic baggies. These can go in the microwave, dishwasher, or freezer. And can be used to steam and sous-vide. They pretty much do everything. ($70, W&P Design)
Goodbye, little pill balls. You can run this tiny device over furniture, too. It’ll eat up those annoying tiny fuzzies and loose threads. So you can freshen up older items you own, instead of purchasing brand new sheets and sweaters. Win. ($12.60, Amazon)
There’s nothing worse than walking out of a warm shower to a scratchy towel. Forget buying a new set every year. With a special cotton technology, these towels remain fluffy after every wash. One-third of its plushy real estate is for quickly drying the body, while the other two-thirds are more gentle for your face and hair.. Plus, the colored hanging loop is great for shared spaces —because no one wants to grab the wrong towel. Eek. ($55+, Havly)
If you can’t begin to imagine how long it’s been since you last cleaned your brushes, don’t sweat it. Thanks to this handy scrubber you’ll still be able to use your trusty faves. It thoroughly cleans bristles without damaging them. An added perk: It suctions safely to your sink, so you can really get in there. Nice and sparkling. ($5.99, Amazon)
While there’s nothing that hits like a trip to the spa, Omicron is saying otherwise. This rechargeable deep-tissue massager allows you to target those pesky WFH knots in the neck and lower back. With six interchangeable heads, it can help increase circulation and relieve pain. Because tech neck is the worst, but now you’ve got a better way to deal.($79.97, Amazon)
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