Everyone likes to save money, right? Of course we do! And sometimes, saving money on something you need is as easy as buying the least expensive option available. But savvy shoppers know that occasionally, choosing a more expensive item will actually save you more money down the road. And that particular phenomena is exactly what I want to talk about in today’s post!
I’ll be sharing 9 different items that might seem like a more expensive option up front, but can actually save you money over time. These magical purchases often end up paying for themselves, and then some! If you have an item you consider worthy of splurging on, and isn’t included on this list, I’d love to hear about it! Tell us all about it in a comment at the bottom of this post, and we can keep the discussion going! :-)
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The higher price tag of LED light bulbs might have you reaching for the less expensive incandescent or halogen bulbs instead. But LED bulbs are absolutely worth that extra cost, because they can last up to 10x as long as regular bulbs! Another good reason to opt for LED bulbs is that they use around 1/6th of the electricity that incandescent bulbs do, meaning you’ll save money on your electric bill too.
2. Apple TV
If you’re an Apple or iPhone user, Apple TV could well be worth the upfront cost. Not only does it give you access to all your favorite streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, but you can also use it to listen to music from your iTunes library, view your photos, or use AirPlay to view your phone screen up on the big screen.
3. Amazon Prime
Price: $99 per year
If you shop on Amazon frequently, an Amazon Prime membership is almost certainly worth the upfront cost! You’ll get Free 2-Day Shipping, as well as access to Prime Video (Amazon’s answer to streaming services like Netflix). Prime Video has a growing catalog of TV shows and movies to watch, and you’ll be able to enjoy those at no extra cost. Plus there are other benefits too, like unlimited photo storage and music streaming!
Related: 9 Reasons Why I Love Amazon Prime
If you find yourself buying coffee or sodas several times throughout the week, that money can add up fast! Keep that money in your pocket by switching to an at-home machine like a coffee maker or a Soda Stream. The machine will pay for itself eventually, so it’s worth it to spend a little more for a high-quality machine you know you’re going to use.
While Instant Pots and crockpots are fundamentally different appliances, they do have one thing in common–they can both save you a lot of money in the long run! Eating out typically costs $10-15 per person, whereas you can make an entire meal in an Instant Pot or crockpot for $15 (with leftovers to spare!) Replacing a few takeout meals per week with an Instant Pot or crockpot meal will definitely save you money over time.
With so many cheap phone cases available in stores and online, it can seem like a waste of money to buy a more expensive case. But splurging a little on a sturdy, protective phone case could end up saving you from having to replace a broken phone down the line. When you compare a $40 phone case against the cost of replacing an $800 phone, spending a bit more on a good phone case just makes sense.
Investing in a nice set of cloth napkins is less wasteful than using paper napkins or paper towels, and it can save you money in the long run too. Choose napkins that are durable and can be machine-washed, and they’ll serve you well for a long time to come!
Investing in a good reusable water bottle or drink cup will almost certainly pay off, and fast. If you replace bottled water, sodas, or coffees by filling up your trusty cup, you’ll be saving money before you know it. I use my big insulated drinking cup all the time, and I love how it keeps my drinks cold for hours!
Some people just can’t find it in themselves to spend more than $40 on a pair of shoes, and I get it. If you’re not much of a fashionista, it can seem wasteful to spend a lot on shoes! But investing in a good, sturdy pair shoes can actually save you money over time, because those shoes could very well last you years! You can view a list of some of my readers’ favorite comfortable and investment-worthy shoes at the link below!