We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite purchases that have saved them money. Here are the economic results:
1. Reusable microfiber cloths that will cut your cleaning costs.
2. A SodaStream that will replace your LaCroix addiction.
3. A pair of wireless headphones that won't break on you.
4. A set of wool dryer balls that will replace dryer sheets and make your laundry extra fluffy.
5. A bread machine that makes homemade loaves so much easier.
"Unless I'm being, fancy flour/yeast/etc costs about 40p per loaf (50 cents) compared to £1.20 ($1.60) for an equivalent loaf in the supermarket. —Hannah Haydock, Facebook
Get a 2-pound bread machine from Amazon for $59.99.
6. A French press that will cut down on your cold-brew bills.
7. A food saver that basically eliminates freezer burn.
8. An on-the-go water bottle with a built-in filter.
10. A drying rack that saves money on your electric bill and helps your clothes last longer.
11. Reusable bento boxes that will encourage you to actually make your lunch.
12. A contract-free phone plan that'll save you money.
"We only spend $50 a month and have unlimited talk, text, and internet." —Cassy Michael
Check out the $45 plan at Straight Talk.
13. A family-sized Brita dispenser that will save you so much money on bottled water.
14. A food subscription that provides all the ingredients you need and cuts down on food waste.
16. A small chest freezer to stock up on amazing grocery deals.
"I bought a cheapo little chest freezer so I could stock up a little extra when meat went on sale. Then I learned to buy bulk fresh fruit when it was cheap and in season and freeze it for breakfast smoothies. Eventually I managed to cut my food budget for five by 20% *and* we eat healthier! Pro tip I learned from a friend's misfortune: Buy a freezer alert thermometer! They are less than $20 and will alert you to a power outage *before* everything spoils." —Kathleen Hoskey, Facebook
Get this freezer from Amazon for $199.99.
17. A slow cooker that makes buying (and cooking!) in bulk more logical.
18. A menstrual cup that makes buying tampons and pads a thing of the past.
19. Reusable grocery bags that will save you a lot of cents (while saving the environment).
"Here, the plastic/paper bags costs money (25–50 cents each) so over the years I've probably saved $200–300, and cloth doesn't dig in as hard on your hands." —Emma Cha Black, Facebook
Get a 10-pack of reusable bags from Amazon for $29.99.
20. A book that teaches you how to budget, pay off debt, and save money.
21. A water bulb that keeps your plants alive by watering them over time.
22. A refillable K-Cup that lets you use any coffee in your Keurig machine.
"I’m a bartender so if I want my nails to stay nice after excessive hand washing, opening bottles and other constant damage by using my hands and nails, I have to get the gel polish at the salon. Since I’ve been getting them done twice a month for years, I’ve learned how to do them by myself. I recently went on Amazon and bought my own light and polish, which are the same brands my favorite salon uses. It was a bit pricey up front but saves me around $80/month." —Stephanie C.
24. A Kindle that will save you money and shelf space.
25. And a color-coded(!) app that tracks your spending and keeps you up to date on bills.
"It may seem tedious to log every purchase, but if you’re a student like me and have limited money, get a spending tracker! Just download any app, and if you need to pay to upgrade and get full features, DO IT. It will be worth it. I have saved so much money by just keeping track of where my money is going." —Pooki
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.