22 Splurge-y Products That’ll Actually End Up Paying For Themselves
The best kind of purchase? One you can spin as "me being responsible."
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1. A mini video projector if you have an empty spot on your wall and/or an empty spot in your soul that movie theaters once filled. This is a much cheaper (and safer) option than returning to your favorite local haunt.
2. A mini portable washing machine for urban dwellers who weren't blessed with an in-unit machine. Imagine: A life without laundromats and/or drop-off service fees.
3. A sparkling water maker if you're guilty of hoarding cases upon cases of LaCroix every time you swing by the grocery store.
4. A Dyson Outsize cordless vacuum that'll give you the option of five different heads for all of your cleaning needs (it uses special technology that automatically senses and adapts to changes in floor type so you don't have to buy several single-function gadgets) and could also be the answer to your allergy struggles.
5. Living Proof Phd Dry Shampoo to extend styled hair and removes excess oil, odor, and sweat from strands. Your mane will look (and feel) so good again, especially in between washes.
6. A countertop garden that'll produce a hefty supply of herbs and veggies for your next homemade meal, so you have one fewer thing to pay for on your grocery runs.
7. A pair of cargo running shorts with stealthy pockets that'll eliminate the need to invest in a hydration pack. You can also be sure that this premium fabric will hold up under tons and tons of washes.
8. A just-right Casper mattress with soft foam around the shoulders (for upper body relief) and firm foam under the hips, waist, and lower back (for proper spine alignment) so you can hopefully avoid some trips to the chiropractor.
9. A pair of aerating wineglasses that aren't just a gimmick — they'll actually give your cheap wine a big boost.
10. A three-in-one rechargeable LED lamp you'll be able to repurpose as a dish to hold your loose change.
11. A Kindle Paperwhite that'll make it possible to indulge in your favorite reads with a lesser blow to your checking account.
12. An air fryer that'll turn your boring dinners into crispy, restaurant-ready entrees. Which is to say: You no longer have to go to restaurants. Sort of! (BTW, this thing can also roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate.)
13. A cold brew maker if you're finding yourself in line at Starbucks or your neighborhood coffee house on a near daily basis and are starting to really hate yourself.
14. A Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush that'll significantly improve gum health and remove plaque and staining. You know what that means? Less work for your dentist.
15. And to that end: A water flosser to thoroughly clean all those hard-to-get nooks and crannies in your mouth. In turn, you won't be slammed with an unexpected cavity bill down the road.
16. A pair of wireless Beats headphones that'll stand up to some serious sweating — which is great news if you're a person who has had to replace a pair or two because you went a bit too hard with your fitness.
17. A white-noise sound machine with 20 settings to ensure you get a good night's sleep even when your upstairs neighbors decide to do some late-night furniture rearranging. You know what they say: Time is money!
18. A genetic ancestry test kit for your pup, so you can finally identify the exact breed breakdown of the creature you're living with. Who knows: This info could help you get ahead of many health issues that come with the domain of owning a particular dog.
19. A dermo-approved sunscreen that's the holy grail for anyone with sensitive, acne-prone, or just all-around-impossible skin. (Yes, it might seem like a lot of money for a sunscreen but it's worth it when you factor in all the pricey derm appointments you'll be able to avoid down the road).
20. A cast-iron Le Creuset Dutch oven you'll certainly be using for the long haul — no more going through cheapos in the interim.
21. A very sleek heated toilet-seat bidet that'll be like, "T.P. whom?" (That's Millennial for "you won't be using toilet paper, therefore you will be saving money.")
22. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook — and by that I mean, you might actually *start* cooking. A great cost-saving measure when takeout begins to rule everything around you (TREAM).
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