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Everything you buy has a price and a value. Sometimes spending more money than you think

you should at first, can save you some serious cash in the long run. Heres a list of items

that are evidence of how that rule works in real life.

1. Thermostatic shower faucet

Before you say a thermostatic shower faucet that costs 3-4 times as much as an ordinary

faucet is clearly something extra, hear me out. It can actually save you hundreds of

bucks a year because you wont have to spend time regulating the temperature of the water.

There are online calculators that can help you figure out exactly how much youll save,

and the more members there are in your family, the greater the saving will be. Also, youll

be able to turn off the water while latheringitll be the right temperature when

you turn it on again and you wont be freezing, covered in a soapy foam while trying to regulate

the water temperature.

2. Water saving showerhead

A regular showerhead splashes away more water on you than you need to get clean. A water

efficient shower head reduces the amount of water that goes through your hot water heater

by 7 gallons with every 7 minute shower, and thats around 2,500 gallons a year. That

also means less water gets heated, so youre saving both water and energy, and the purchase

should pay itself off in 10 months.

3. Freezer

A freezer might sound like a waste of money and space in your kitchen, but it can help

you stock up and save a bunch! Supermarkets often offer good deals on foods that can be

frozen and stored for a long time. You need vitamins all year round, and seasonal greenery

costs way more off-season. You can buy a whole salmon for two times cheaper than salmon steaks

of the same weight. The freezer costs no more than a fridge, and requires the same amount

of electricity if used properly. Itll pay for itself within 3 years.

4. Foodsaver Have you ever cooked more food than you can

eat? And then failed to keep the leftovers edible and had to throw it all away in the

end? A foodsaver, which many would consider an extra, works by sucking the air out of

a plastic bag or container, keeping the food fresher for longer. Itll also work with

long term storage in the freezer.

5. Induction stove

An induction stove costs twice as much as an electric one from the same manufacturer.

But whats so cool about it is its super high efficiencyaccording to Electric

Power Research Institute, up to 90% of their energy heats your food. An electric stove,

for example, has a different efficiency - 70%, while only 40% of a gas stoves energy goes

to heating food. This means that food is cooked faster on induction stoves, so the consumption

of energy decreases. Also, induction stoves dont work unless you put something on them,

so if you take off the kettle and forget to turn off the stove, it wont stay on, consuming

the electricity in vain. And since the surface of these stoves doesnt heat up, the risk

of getting burns is also less.

6. Seasonal tire change

Even considering the cost of tire fitting services, seasonal tires will cost you less

than universal ones because all-season tires have a lower wear resistance. But you save

the most money here as you improve the safety of your car. If its colder than 14°F outside,

all-season tires harden, the grip on the road decreases, and the car becomes less controllable.

Expenses for repairing a wrecked car can damage ones budget significantly, let alone medical

services, if theyre required.

7. Gym equipment

If you visit the gym regularly, and your membership costs a lot, you might consider taking the

gym home. If you buy some quality equipment thats not crazy expensive, you can save

some serious cash over time. But make sure you only buy the machines you really use,

not just the stuff that was on sale.

8. A high-quality mattress

You spend around ¼ of your life sleeping, and that time affects the other ¾. Good restorative

sleep makes you more productive, and a mattress that doesnt kill your back will save you

a lot of money in doctor visits later. The same is true about a good pillow.

9. Coffee maker

Does your daily commute to work involve a coffee from a coffee shop nearby? So, you

must be positive a coffee maker is way too expensive? A regular cup costs somewhere from

$2 to $5, with an average price of $3.50. If you get one cup of coffee every day, thats

a total of about $1300 per year. The cost will be higher if youre not the only person

in the family that drinks coffee, or if you drink more than one cup daily. Now, coffee

makers cost anywhere from $35 to $500, depending on the kind you get. Even when you add the

cost of coffee beans, electricity and maintenance, your home coffee maker will pay itself off

within one year! Once you buy it, youll be getting your daily dose of deliciousness

for production cost only, which is about 20 cents per cup of espresso.

Ooh, got that java jive

10. Filtered water bottle

Theres one more thing you buy every day, and hopefully, you drink more of it than coffee

Im talking about water. A filtered bottle will cost you about $40, and there

are also cartridge refill costs, but it should all be paid off in half a year. Youll be

able to fill in the bottle from any tap and the water will be cleaned from any viruses

and bacteria. Plus, using the same bottle over and over again is way more eco-friendly

than buying plastic bottles whenever you get thirsty.

11. LED light bulbs

Though LED bulbs have many advantages, their one major disadvantagehigh coststops

many people from buying them. The price of an LED bulb is about 8 times higher than a

normal incandescent bulb. But at the same time, an LED bulb consumes 10 times less electricity.

Also, the service period of an LED bulb is 10,000-25,000 hours, while for a regular bulb

its 1,000 hours. That means that while using one LED bulb, youd change a conventional

light bulb about 20 times. So, an LED bulb is about 7 times wallet-friendlier than a

normal one.

12. A blade sharpener

Once you get a blade sharpener, you wont need to toss away your razors when they get

slightly dull. In fact, youll be able to use one blade for up to six months!

13. A high quality phone case

A paradox of life is that many people are willing to spend a fortune on a new phone

but get excited about a $1great dealcase for it. However, such a case isnt

going to protect your phone in times of crisis, and you might have to replace the gadget if

you accidentally drop it. Getting a case for $40 doesnt sound as scary as getting a

new phone for $1000, right?

14. “Smartpower strips

If youre using a device that has a lot of accessories, for example, a desktop computer

that has a monitor, speakers, printer, and so on connected to it, “smartpower strips

will help you save on the electricity bill. When you turn on your computer, it powers

on other connected devices. When you turn it off, everything else goes off, as well,

and that cuts a lot of the unnecessary expenses you would bear if you forgot to do so yourself.

15. A motion sensor light switch (clap clap ) Clap On. NO not that!

What seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie a few decades ago, is now a real money

saver. Thanks to a motion sensor light switch, youll keep the lights on only where you

really need them as you move around the house. The installation is simple and quick, and

although itll cost you quite a bit, youll notice how much energy, and hence money, you

save in no time.

16. Energy-saving glass

About 40% of the heat loss in our homes falls on the glass. Just remember how much money

you pay for heating; half of this money goes right out the window. An energy-saving coating

helps reducing heat transfer through the glass by 75-90% depending on the type of coating.

If you do some math, you can easily calculate how much you can save with low-e glass. Dont

forget to add the excess electricity that you use for heating your home, as well as

the electricity used by air conditioners for cooling your home down while its hot outside.

Yes, another cool thing about energy-saving glass is that it works for keeping your home

both warm and cool.

Which of the items on the list do you already have? Let me know down in the comments! If

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