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Everyone goes into the new year with at least one resolution, whether it’s losing weight, stressing less, or being more positive. Another popular resolution that can feel pretty difficult to achieve? Managing to save some money as you commit to buying healthier (and often more expensive) food and maybe a monthly gym membership or passes to your favorite exercise class. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can save money throughout the year, whether they’re immediate or build up over time. With these incredible products, you’ll be able to cut down on your utility bills, make cooking easier and more affordable, and even permanently replace some of your spendy everyday go-to’s.
In the Kitchen
It can be difficult to get the last little bit of product out of certain containers, whether it’s a small can of tomato paste or a jar of foundation. Even when you spend the time trying to scrape everything out with a spoon or your smallest spatula, there’ll undoubtedly be some left behind—until now. The Spatty and Spatty Daddy are a skinny spatula set designed to fit into any container so you can use every last bit of product inside. You’ll be able to throw empty jars and bottles away without any frustration, knowing you’ve truly gotten your money’s worth.
Let’s face it—the reason why many of us spend so much money eating out is because we’re too tired to cook at the end of the day. Either that, or we just don’t know how to make things we actually want to eat and don’t necessarily have the time or desire to learn how. If that sounds like you, a Crock-Pot will become your new best friend. They’re not only designed to cook large quantities of food at once—hello, multiple meals!—but you can just dump ingredients in and forget about them as they cook, so there’s not a lot required on your part. This model in particular is programmable, meaning you can set it to start cooking even when you’re not around.
Many people turn to stores like Costco and Sam’s to buy items they use often in large quantities, and you can definitely get some great deals by doing so. However, getting those amazing prices doesn’t really matter too much when that food goes bad before you can use it, or when it gets ruined by freezer burn. The FoodSaver allows you to vacuum-seal your food to make sure it stays fresh and usable for as long as possible, whether it’s meat, cheese, or even more delicate baked goods. The heavy-duty bags will keep frozen food free of freezer burn, so you’ll never have to worry about your deep freezer ruining your food again.
The Whole Home
Surge protectors are a necessity for any home that uses computers, fancy televisions, and gaming consoles. However, most people just tend to treat them as power strips without truly realizing that their electronics are still using power even when they’re sleeping or appear to be off. This surge protector will not only save your devices in the event of a power surge, but it also has six outlets that can be turned off with a remote, meaning they can truly be stopped from using any electricity when not in use. There are also two “always on” outlets for things like your internet router, so you can truly assume control of your electricity bill!
During the summer and winter months, most of us prepare to see our gas or electricity bills skyrocket. There’s only so long you can heat or cool your home with the windows open, and the furnace or air conditioner will typically stay on once a certain temperature hits. The Nest Learning Thermostat will help you get better control over your heating and cooling systems because it learns about your habits over time and adjusts the temperature in your home accordingly. You can also program it to turn off when you’re not home, turn on when you’re about to arrive home, and much more. Though it’s a little more expensive than the average thermostat, it’s been proven to save homeowners an average of 15 percent on cooling bills and 10 to 12 percent on heating bills, so it can pay for itself in just two years’ time.
There’s nothing like a long, hot shower in the winter months, but taking them can definitely have an impact on your energy and water bills. Some people might opt for a bath instead, but not everyone has a tub or the time to sit and soak. To save water while still taking the relaxing shower you want, this high-efficiency shower head can help. The design uses less water, but still creates a spray of water similar to that of any regular shower head. It’s also compact, so it makes a great addition to bathrooms of any size.
If you wear makeup on a regular basis, you know that it can take some work to get it off. Whether you use liquid removers or special wipes, they’re an expense that you might assume will exist as long as you have makeup to remove. With the Makeup Eraser, though, all you need to get stubborn makeup off your face is this cloth and some warm water—that’s it, even for waterproof makeup. The cloth is ultra-soft, so there’s no tugging or pulling on your skin, and it’ll last through 1,000 washes.
8. Gel Nail Kit
If you’re someone who likes to get your nails done, you know it can be an endless cycle. You get so addicted to the look of perfectly-manicured nails that they become something you can’t go without, sending you running to the salon for a fresh coat more often than you might like to admit. To save yourself the money, try doing your nails at home with this gel nail kit. It comes with everything you need to get started, from the gel polish to cuticle trimmers and a curing lamp that can be used for both your hands and feet.
On the Go
When it comes to stocking a more healthful kitchen, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Being more mindful of what you’re eating takes a lot of planning, and it’s easy to throw caution to the wind in the store if you don’t take the time to plan out your grocery list ahead of time. This organizer makes it easier than ever to keep track of not only a grocery list, but also coupons and recipes, too. It clips onto the grocery cart easily, so everything you need to see is right in front of you while shopping—even your phone.
A quick Starbucks run is definitely tempting, especially on mornings when you’re craving something more than a plain cup of coffee, or when you just don’t feel like brewing a pot. However, we’re all too aware of how expensive those fancy drinks are, and they can definitely take a toll on anyone trying to stick to a budget. Avoid the temptation and stick to taking your own coffee on the go with a good insulated travel mug. If you’re prone to waking up late, have a pot of coffee brewing with a machine that can be set to drip at a certain time and you won’t even have to think about making coffee in the morning. Then, just pour your brew and add some of your favorite creamer to the mug as you head out the door.
When you’re used to going out for lunch, it can be difficult to break the cycle and actually try bringing it from home for once. Not only does it mean either cooking, prepping, and packing, but you’ll also need something to put it in—and let’s be honest, no one wants to carry their food into the office in an old Target bag. Step up your lunch game with a new insulated lunch box, perfect for toting around your meal and snacks for the day. The design of this one is simple and somehow stylish, making it a lunch box that’ll actually inspire you to pack your lunch (and enjoy the savings!) on a regular basis.