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We all like to save money, but it can be difficult to figure out how. Every little bit counts, which is why we try to gear our purchases toward household items that can save us money in both the short and long run. Even better, many of the money-saving items we love to use are also more environmentally friendly than their disposable counterparts.
Check out 15 products you can find right now on Amazon that will help you save some of your hard-earned cash.
15 products on Amazon that will help you save money
ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING CLOTHSay 'no' to disposable towels and 'yes' to eco-friendly cleaning cloths. Made from 100 per cent natural biodegradable cellulose, these highly absorbent cloths can be used just about anywhere in the home and are great for cleaning dishes, getting rid of spills, wiping down counters and more. Highly absorbent and highly cute, the cloths can be cleaned in the washing machine up to 300 times. Save money and the environment, you amazing multi-tasker!
EcoJeannie Eco-Friendly Cleaning Cloth, $18 from AmazonAmazon
SILICONE SNACK BAGSStop wasting money on disposable snack bags and make the switch to food-grade silicone. These BPA-free bags come in four fun colours and are non-allergenic, non-reactive, leak-proof, and can be used in the freezer, fridge, microwave oven, steamer, sous vide, and dishwasher. We need to start buying silicone clothes for our kids.
Hot Homey Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bag, $20 from Amazon Amazon
REUSABLE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTSThe cost of buying tampons from age 13 to 51 is on average $1,773, which honestly seems low to us. Add in the environmental cost of disposable tampons, liners and pads, which do not break down in landfills, and menstruating is pricey business. We love reusable menstrual products like the Diva Cup, which last for years, save you trips to the drug store and keep money in your pocket.
Dutchess Menstrual Cups, $23 at AmazonAmazon
PRODUCE SAVERSLooking in your fridge and deciding what’s for dinner is already a stressful task but add in wilting and weathered produce and that’s a recipe for throwing unused food in the trash and spending money on takeout. Make sure your fruit and veggies stay fresh with produce containers that are designed to keep food fresh 80 per cent longer than store packaging.
Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver, $25 at Amazon Amazon
TRAVEL FRENCH PRESSThe average cup of coffee in Canada is between $2.67 to $4.22 depending on the province, but no matter where you live, a daily caffeine fix can add up. If you’re not ready to give up your Americano for the brown water in your company lunchroom, get a Bodum travel tumbler that makes French press or freshly brewed tea and keeps it hot for hours.
Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press Coffee and Tea Mug, $25 at Amazon Amazon
ITEM FINDERHiring a locksmith is expensive. Losing your wallet, cash and cards is expensive. Forgetting your computer bag in a public place is expensive. Using a Tile item finder on your valuables? In the long run, not expensive.
Tile Mate 4-Pack, $90 at Amazon Amazon
TRAVEL BACKPACK PURSEIt’s not easy to buy one bag that can do it all, which is why we often find ourselves with a closet full of purses that go unused. Get you a bag that can do everything. This anti-theft, waterproof bag is a purse, a crossbody bag, a backpack, and something that you can wear to school, to the office, while traveling, or on a night out. Plus, it can hold all the money you’re saving.
UTO Women Backpack Purse, $40 at Amazon Amazon
TOOTHPASTE SQUEEZERNo more throwing out tubes that still have perfectly good toothpaste left inside. Get every squeeze of money out of a single tube with a toothpaste squeezer, which is both a money saver and oddly satisfying.
Bagvhandbagro Multi-Functional Tube Squeezer, $8 at Amazon Amazon
PORTABLE HEATERIf you’ve got one drafty room in your house and don’t want to spend money heating your entire abode, we recommend a portable heater. Also great for the perpetually cold, this small but powerful heater can warm up a room in minutes and cuts down on your heating costs. Plus, it’s much easier than chopping wood for the fireplace.
Lasko Ceramic Portable Space Heater, from $44 at Amazon Amazon
DOOR DRAFT STOPPERSpeaking of keeping warm air in, a draft door stopper helps with energy costs by keeping the AC air in during the summer and the cold air out during the winter. It also makes for a more difficult entry into your home for bugs, which cuts down on pricey visits from the exterminator. And scary bugs.
Door Draft Stopper Guard, $18 at Amazon Amazon
LAUNDRY RACKNot only does a laundry rack save money by cutting back on the use of your energy-sucking dryer, it also saves you money by prolonging the life of your clothes. We call that a win-win.
AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack, $38 at Amazon Amazon
ENERGY-SAVING POWER BARSave on energy costs with a power bar that puts your devices into power saving mode when not in use, which helps to cut down on your energy bill. Plus, there’s a surge protector that protects your devices during electric outages, which means you don’t have to buy a new TV every time there’s a storm.
CyberPower Energy-Saving Surge Protector Power Strip, $19 at Amazon Amazon
LUNCH CONTAINERWhether you purchase your meals at work or find yourself frequently interrupting weekend errands with the kids to grab takeout food, buying food on the go can add up quickly. Save time and money with a leakproof food container and pack lunches and snacks for the family.
Bentgo Bento-Style Lunch Box, $40 at Amazon Amazon
ENERGY SAVING LIGHTBULBSTired of constantly changing dead lightbulbs? Make the switch to energy saving LED bulbs, which consume only 13 watts of energy and last up to nine years, making them especially attractive for those hard-to-reach sockets.
Philips Mini Twister Soft Light Bulb White, $18 at Amazon Amazon
WATER BOTTLE WITH FILTERPlease stop using disposable water bottles. They’re in a word, the worst. They’re trashing the planet, and they’re expensive. Instead, opt for a reusable water bottle that is BPA free. You can even buy one with a built-in filter to ensure you’re always getting the cleanest drinking water possible.
Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle with Filter, $25 at Amazon Amazon