There are plenty of items out there where if you spend a little bit of money, you’ll save quite a bit in the long run. Typically, such items are also eco-friendly. If you can reuse an item repeatedly, then you don’t have to buy it every time, and you don’t have to throw it out each time, either.
You know, things like cloth diapers, dinner napkins, cloth shopping bags, a coffee pot, a water filter, a clothesline or drying rack, CFL bulbs, rechargeable batteries, a programmable thermostat, Diva Cups/Keepers, cloth pads, electric razors, food canning equipment, sewing machines … you get the picture.
And then there’s also things like memberships to warehouse clubs, or buying things in bulk at other distributors.
All of these things can help save you money, but there is a start-up expense, and that can be a challenge if you’re living on a tight budget.
If you have an item like this in mind but can’t afford it right away, start saving for it specifically! You can create a subaccount within ING Direct if you bank with them, or use a separate savings account with any bank, really. Even $10 or $20 per month set aside will help your cause.
Or, find something to sell and commit the proceeds to purchase that item.