Mar 08 2010

Saving to buy things that’ll save you $ in the long run

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.

6 Responses to “Saving to buy things that’ll save you $ in the long run”

  1. When we were in debt, we kept saying this like- buying this will save us money later. Well, we had no money so we couldn’t save any money anytime. Now, we buy just what we need when we have the cash for it. Hopefully, next year we will have enough savings together to buy winter clothes/summer clothes when they are on sale.
    .-= Ted´s last blog ..Where are you God? =-.

  2. For Christmas we picked up a Keurig coffee pot so I can make a quick cup in the morning for the drive to work instead of stopping along the way and buying a cup. It’s paid for itself already.

    Plus you can get an individual filter so you can use Folgers, Maxwell House, or whatever instead of buying the individual sized Keurig cups. That saves even more.
    .-= Mike @ Saving Money Today´s last blog ..Taking the Yakezie Challenge =-.

  3. Have you ever heard of or used Smarty Pig? I think I may want to sign up to save up for a couple of things. If you’re already signed up I’ll sign up through you though. =)
    .-= megscole64´s last blog ..We Interrupt This Broadcast =-.

  4. We always buy clothes when seasons are over (winter clothes in spring, summer clothes in fall, etc.), buy filters for our Brita pitcher and things like that. It definetely saves us money in the long run. We’re hoping that soon we can pay our car insurance in full so we don’t have monthly payments, too.
    .-= cassie´s last blog ..Niagara Falls 2010 =-.

  5. I pick up extra dishes, flatware, and table linens on the cheap at rummage sales. Then when I entertain, I don’t have to buy disposable paper and plastic items that end up in the trash. Being frugal goes along with being green!
    .-= Bargain Junkie´s last blog ..THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: LOCAL MERCHANTS =-.

  6. We bought a bread maker with this in mind and are able to make bread for a fraction of what a loaf would cost us at the grocery store. It tastes a lot better, too! :)
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..Sunday Shopping: Grocery Store Bargains =-.

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