The BEST Reusable Household Products to SAVE You Money
Are you saving money on groceries, but always looking for new and clever ways to save money? If yes,
this post is for you! Maybe you’re already saving with coupons or money saving apps, but have you thought about products you can buy that will save you money in the long run? Products that your family uses often that will reap you big rewards at the checkout?
I often get asked,
“How can I save on household products?”
“How can I save on health and beauty items?”
People are always looking for ways to save money on those disposable products. We can’t just cut them out even though they take up a large portion of our budgets because.. WE LOVE THEM.
They are SO convenient and make our lives easier! I know this because it is exactly how I felt.
I knew there was no way I could go without them, so I set out to find alternatives to the products I used most often.
My goals were twofold:
· To Save Me Money on My Monthly Expenses
· To Reduce the Amount of Waste in My Household (we can all do our part to help the environment)
Obviously, the best way to save money is to not spend it, but that’s not a practical solution for any of us. What I found is the best way to spend money is to do it intentionally; ensuring you are getting the most for your dollar.
Today I’m sharing some of my household’s very favorite reusable products. These products have taken the place of the disposable, money sucking, bad for the environment products of our past.
I’m not suggesting you go by all of these today.. not at all. Start small. Simply switch out one product at a time. Maybe start with the product that costs you the most (cough cough..paper towels.. cough cough). Little by little these small changes will help cut your spending and ease your impact on the environment.
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The Best Reusable Food Products
Buying reusable products compared to the disposable counterparts saves you money over time. These savings definitely add up. Here’s some of the best products we’ve been loving at our house.
Reusable Food Storage Bags – Move away from the disposable food storage bags for the kids’ lunches and snacks. There are so many reusable, eco friendly options that come in a variety of sizes. I know they are a bit of an investment up front, but if they are something you use often it will pay off.
Here’s what we’ve been using..
Jagrom 22 Pack Reusable Storage Bags 4 Gallon & 9 Sandwich Lunch Bags & 9 Small Kids Snack Bags For Food, EXTRA THICK Leak Proof Reusable Food Bags, Freezer Bags, Reusable Zipper Bags, BPA FREE
Silicone Stretch Lid Covers – Cutting out plastic wrap is another great money saver. Silicone lid covers come in a variety of sizes that will fit most any bowls. Not only will they save you money, but they also stop unwanted spills and keep food fresher longer.
There are plenty more expensive options, but these are my go-to for lid covers
longzon Silicone Stretch Lids Set of 14,Reusable Durable Food Storage Covers for Bowl, 7 Different Sizes to Meet Most Containers, Dishwasher & Freezer Safe
Silicone Baking Mat – A great alternative to foil is a silicone baking mat. This was a inexpensive change that paid for itself in two months. The mats come in a variety of sizes, easily wash up, and can be stored virtually anywhere. These are the mats I started with and have continued to be happy with for an investment of less than $9.
Zulay Kitchen (2 Pack) Silicone Baking Mat Sheet Set - Reusable Baking Mat Nonstick - Half Sheet Baking Mat For Oven (Size 16.5" x 11.6") - Dark Gray
I’m not sure about everyone else’s kids, but mine eat Go-Gurt tubes like it’s their job. Seriously, we were going through those tubes like water so I tried to just buy tubs of yogurt My kids looked at me like I was trying to feed them nails. THEN, I came across…
Refillable Yogurt Tubes/Food Pouches – These are seriously a godsent. For one reason or another my kids think these are the coolest things. I’m able to stop buying Go-Gurt tubes and fill my own with yogurt we make using the Instant Pot.
Here are the two getting all kinds of use in our house...
Simple Modern Reusable Food Pouches 10-Pack 5oz - Baby Food Storage Toddler Kids Squeezable Pouch Washable Freezer Safe - 5 Fun Designs
Mirenlife Silicone Ice Pop Molds,Popsicle Maker Molds,8 Vibrant Colors,Set of 8
The Best Reusable Household Cleaning Products
I’m not going to go into the details of my Swiffer obsession because I think you all get where I’m coming from, but the next two products were GAME CHANGERS for me.
The good news is that many of the disposable household cleaning products we love can easily be interchanged with a reusable option.
Reusable Spray Mop – This is the mop we have and I LOVE it. Not only does it stop me from buying the disposable pads, but I don’t have to buy the cleaner anymore either. The microfiber cloths can be used WET or DRY and wash up easily in your washing machine. Chances are you’re doing a load of laundry anyway, so throwing this in costs you nothing. One of my favorite things about this mop is that I no longer have to use cleaner LOADED WITH CHEMICALS. I can mix up my favorite non-toxic household cleaner and away I go. It’s a win for everyone!
O-Cedar ProMist MAX Microfiber Spray Mop
Paper Towels – I’m guilty as charged when it comes to grabbing a paper towel without thinking, quickly wiping up a mess, and tossing it away never to be thought of again. Paper towels are expensive considering what we do with them and they are terrible for the environment. There’s good news for all of us clinging to our Bounty…
Reusable Bamboo Towels.
These towels are seriously killer. One roll runs costs you about $9, but replaces 6 MONTHS WORTH OF PAPER TOWELS.
Bamboo Towels - Heavy Duty Machine Washable Reusable Rayon Towels - One roll Replaces 6 Months of Towels! 1 Pack
In my house we usually bought one large pack of paper towels a month; costing me around $12. Over 6 months, paper towels were costing me $72! Now they cost $9.
All Purpose Cleaner- Household cleaners are a big expense for many households and nearly all of these supplies aren’t reusable. Going with alternative homemade cleaners are cost effective and can be made with items you probably have in your pantry, like vinegar and baking soda.
I’ve been making my own homemade cleaners for years and love them. I’ve saved a ton of money and know that my kiddos are touching surfaces loaded with chemicals.
Here is the recipe I use for my favorite DIY all-purpose cleaner:
2 tablespoons of Castile Soap
2 Cups Distilled Water
10-15 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
All you need to do is put the ingredients in a reusable spray bottle and shake it up.
The Best Reusable Feminine Products
As women, we spend SO MUCH MONEY on feminine products. It’s something we can’t escape, so how could we possible save money each month. If you haven’t looked into menstrual cups, it’s something you definitely need to do. I’ll be the first to say, these were not on my “must try” list, but I’m so glad I did. The benefits far outweigh the cons and you’re saving money at the same time.
FLEX Menstrual Cup Starter Kit - Reusable Period Cup & Disposable Menstrual Disc - Easy Removal Ring - Small - Black
The Best Product to Save on COFFEE
Coffee the beautiful caramel colored beverage that I would not survive without. If you follow my blog at all, you’ve probably read about my love of coffee and my quest to cut my spending on it. Besides cutting out Starbucks and those coffee drive throughs, how else can you save.
Reusable K-Cups – K-Cups are costly, and they are terrible for the environment. Like literally terrible! I’m in with the vast majority who love them; the simplicity, the toss and go ease. I get it. Getting one of these reusable K-Cups is a simple, easy solution to save you money and the environment.
Maxware 4 Reusable Refillable Coffee Filters For Keurig Family 2.0 and 1.0 Brewers Fits K200, K300/K350/K360,/K450/K460, K500/K550/K560 (Purple, 4)
Using reusable household items is an excellent way to start shifting away from using expensive disposable products every day. Soon you’ll be saving money and living a more eco-conscious life!