15 Ways To Save Money By Going Shopping And Spending Money


They say sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Putting your money into items that can save you money is a great idea. There are some amazing ways to save money by spending money on these money-saving purchases.

And while some of these things won’t necessarily put the kids through college, everything on this list is worth considering picking up to grow your savings.

LED Light Bulbs

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Switch out your regular light bulbs for LEDs. They’re significantly more energy-efficient and last years longer than incandescent.

Quality Clothing

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A pair of Levi’s might cost a bit more upfront than a fast fashion brand, but high-quality clothes last for years, while a cheaper pair might only make it a few months.

A Coffee Maker

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Listen up, latte lovers: making coffee at home is easier than you think. Throw some money down today and make a homemade latte every morning from here on out for less than a dollar.

A Programmable Thermostat

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This is another example of something that might have a higher initial ticket price that can save you a ton on energy expenses. Adjust your HVAC to run less frequently when you’re not around, and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll save.

A Good Smartphone Case

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Smartphones are expensive, and replacing them can be obnoxious. Shell out a few extra dollars for a good smartphone case and never struggle with a cracked screen again.

Cloth Napkins

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Hear us out — paper towels or paper napkins are single-use, so even though you aren’t saving enough to retire from switching, buying cloth napkins saves you a decent chunk of change.

Rechargeable Batteries

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Same deal: if you’re going through batteries like water, buying rechargeable ones will save you the time, money, and hassle of constantly picking up new ones.

Baking Soda

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Perhaps another surprise entry to some, but you’re underestimating baking soda’s power. It can do everything from washing your produce to melting ice on sidewalks — all for a few bucks.

A Vacuum Sealer

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If you’re constantly heading down to the farmer’s market only to realize you can’t eat everything before it goes bad, this is a must. Use it to help things keep way beyond their average expiration.

A Crockpot or Instant Pot

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Anyone who says they don’t have time to cook is probably spending too much money on carry-out or fast food. Crock Pots can help you save money on food costs by coming home to an inexpensive and likely healthier dinner with minimal effort.

An Air Fryer

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Air fryers can help make leftovers more delicious, fry up some vegetables in a snap, and generally make your kitchen experience much more streamlined, so you’re less likely to waste food and, therefore, money.

A Travel Mug

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If you’re like most of the world, you just can’t go anywhere without your coffee. So don’t get caught unawares and settle on spending $4 for a cup of black coffee; make it at home and take it with you.

A Soda Stream

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It’s time to fess up: you love sparkling water. It’s okay; this is a judgment-free zone! However, it likely means you’re spending too much on cans or bottles of mineral water. If you’re going to drink it anyway, grab a Soda Stream and make your own soda at home!

Reusable Snack Bags

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They’re eco-friendly and cost-effective! Pick up a set that makes having snacks on the go easier. Not only will you save money on plastic bags, but you’re less likely to impulse buy snacks if you’ve got some pretzels ready.

A Sewing Kit

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Learning a few basic mending techniques through a quick YouTube tutorial means you can bring virtually any article of clothing back to life in a few simple stitches and prevent yourself from an unnecessary online shopping excursion.

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Author: CJ Darnieder


CJ is a writer and musician from Chicago.  When he’s not practicing the divine art of stoicism, focusing on achieving a deafening inner quiet, or attempting to reconcile with the inherent powers of the universe, he loves to cook!