Whenever it’s possible, one should evaluate how certain purchases can actually save them money in the long run.
Sometimes when you see those extra few zeros or dollar signs, a first reaction might be to run away or go with the cheaper option. However, you get what you pay for. While some items are unnecessarily more expensive, it’s always important to associate the quality and value of the product with the price you pay. We’ve put together a few examples of purchases that may seem big up front, but they may help you save in the long run.
TV Streaming Device
Take a quick look at your cable bill. Then, take note of how much live TV you watch every day. Chances are, there are a lot of options out there that can stream live TV and have your favorite shows ready for you to watch at your leisure. A TV streaming device also has other features like music playing, movie rentals, games, and more. Even if not all your shows are on one channel or app, chances are your monthly subscriptions for these services still amounts to less than your monthly cable bill.
If you catch yourself making weekly, or maybe even daily, runs to Starbucks or your local coffee shop for an extra pick-me-up, you might want to invest in an espresso or cappuccino machine to have at home. If you go to a coffee shop every other day for a year and spend about $3 per order, your total amount on coffee alone is nearly $550. If this sounds like you, we think it would be wise to invest in a coffee machine that offers you the perfect caffeine fix right at home.
While it might not be a fun or exciting purchase, a programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money over the years. Having the capabilities to set a schedule, or even change the temperatures from your phone, will allow you to make your home or business as energy-efficient as possible.
It might sound simple, but water bottle purchases can get expensive as well as wasteful. A water filter/pitcher will take your dollars much further, and the environment will thank you.