Frugal people don’t like to spend money on stuff they never use or products that don’t have any value. Frugality isn’t just about saving money or never spending a single dollar. It’s more about spending your money in a smart way. In this article I listed 10 products frugal people need to save money.
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Spend today to save tomorrow
I came across this sentence and loved it. It fits my thoughts and lifestyle exactly and it’s what my husband and I are always looking for.
It basically means that you pay for a product today and because it will save money in some way, you will earn your money back over time. Once you earned the product back, it really starts to save you money.
This year we have been investing in the house a lot. We bought solar panels, solar collectors and a solar water heater. It is expensive, but in the long run, it will save us a lot of money. Plus it’s good for the planet as well.
In this post I talk about 10 products frugal people need to save money. Especially if you don’t mind to spend a little bit of money to save a lot of money in the long run.
Food Products Frugal People Need
Food can basically be expensive as you want it to be. You can go out to eat every night, you can buy coffee and get breakfast every day. But you can also look for ways to spend less on food. Do you have these products and do they work for you?
Bringing your own lunch to work or school can save you a lot of money. The time it takes depends on what you take with you. In the Netherlands it’s normal to eat bread as lunch. Sometimes with some fruit or vegetables. It takes me 2 minutes to make the boys lunchboxes.
I love lunchboxes with dividers. That way I can put bread and cucumber or food like cheese and grapes in the box without the bread or the cheese getting soggy. Dividers are also great for a warm meal and a salad for example.
|This very pretty double Bento box is made of 2 boxes, with 3 compartments in total. It’s big enough for a large meal.||Another option is this Bento Box. It even has a fork and a spoon, so you’re good to go, wherever you are.|
A large freezer
A chest freezer is a good option to store a lot of food, which is great for frugal people. You can buy food in season or when it’s on sale and you can put it in your freezer for a couple of months. This can save so much money!
In our house, we use an upright freezer like this one, but with drawers.
A freezer is also great to store multiple meals. That way you can always grab a healthy meal after a busy day and just heat it up. Check out these healthy freezer meals or these easy freezer meals for ideas!
Glass jars are friendly for the environment and are reusable over and over again. In big jars you can store sauces, pasta, etc.
In the smaller ones you can easily store spices. Because of the glass, you can easily see what food is in what jar. I love the look of those glass jars.
There are even magnetic spice jars to hang on your fridge or on a metal plate, I love the look of these!
Lots of people love coffee, but buying coffee on your way to work isn’t very cost efficient. Another option is to use a travel mug that keeps your home-made coffee warm.
Personally, I don’t drink coffee (never even tasted it!), but it will also keep your tea warm or when you rather have a cold drink, it will keep your drink cold for a long time.
You will probably earn the costs of a travel mug back in less than a month!
Household Products Frugal People Need
Also in your household are so many ways to save money. Think about energy or water for example. Luckily it doesn’t have to be hard with all the products that are available all the time.
These products make our life easier, save us money and are good for our planet! What else could you possibly want? :)
Televisions and other appliances still use electricity when they are on standby. And chargers use electricity even without a phone plugged in. This means that you are paying for electricity while you are away or when you are asleep.
To solve this problem you can unplug everything every morning before you leave for work and every evening before you go to bed.
Unplugging everything twice a day is something you easily forget or find annoying after a while. Luckily there are items that make it so much easier. Take power strips. If you place one next to your television, you can plugin your television, consoles, chargers and more.
With just one click, you turn everything off and they don’t suck up your electricity anymore. This one even has 3 USB charging ports, ideal for phone or tablet chargers!
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
When we moved to this house last year, we immediately installed energy efficient light bulbs throughout the house.
Everyone needs light bulbs in their home. Unless you like to use candles all the time of course. While that’s quite romantic, it’s not very handy for everyday use. Luckily using light bulbs doesn’t have to cost so much energy.
Take these energy efficient light bulbs for example. They only use 10.5 Watt instead of the 60 Watt of a normal light bulb. If you use these for 3 hours every day, they can last 13 years!
An Energy Efficient Shower Head
My husband really loves to shower, especially in the morning. Otherwise he just doesn’t really wake up. But you can save money by using an energy efficient shower head. It saves water and because you use less water, it also saves energy as less water needs to be heated up.
It’s the perfect product for people that are looking for ways to save money and save the earth as well.
Keep Out Draft
I hate draft. It’s cold in winter and it lets too much heat in in summer. This means you have to turn up the heat in winter to keep the house warm. And in the summer, you have to use the air conditioner more.
There are very handy options to get rid of draft. For example by using weather strips for your doors and windows.
Another option, one that we used in our old house, is a draft stopper. We had a large gap under our front door and it was always pretty cold in the hallway. While a draft stopper isn’t the most pretty thing, it worked very well!
Rainwater Collection System
Looking for ways to save money, water AND the earth? How about collecting rainwater to water your plants instead of using tap water.
This eco-friendly water storage tank does the job and it comes in different sizes, depending on your needs.
We’ve got one in the garden as well and it’s really easy. You don’t have to do anything as it fills up itself when it’s raining.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic is bad for the environment. Plus you usually have to pay for a bag. That’s why I always have a reusable bag with me.
I love these shopping bags from IKEA. They are cheap and you can fold them to a small package when you’re done to save space. I always have one in my purse and in my car, so I never have to pay for plastic bags in stores.
These eco-friendly bags are also a good option, but they are more expensive and take up more space than the ones from IKEA.
More ways to live frugal
Looking for other ways to save money or to live frugal? Check out these posts:
- 15 Things You Should Stop Buying If You Want To Save Money
- How To Start Living Below Your Means And Get Out Of Debt In 2019
- Throw Out The 50/30/20 Budgeting Method If You Want To Reach FI
- 16 Ways To Change Your Money Mindset
- 56 Frugal Activities To Do This Weekend
- Pick Your Money Savings Challenge To Save Up To $10,000 In 52 weeks
- 85 Tips To Save Money
Frugal living is a good thing in my opinion. It will make you think things through before you buy anything. It doesn’t mean that you don’t buy anything or have fun. It’s about looking for value for your money.
Spending wisely also means that the things you buy aren’t always the cheapest ones. More expensive items can sometimes last so much longer, that they are actually a lot cheaper in the long run. So always look for quality instead of just saving money.
Hopefully you can use this list to your advantage. Do you know more products frugal people need to save money? Let me know and I will add them to the list!