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Are You Wasting Money on These 5 Home Items?

A little mindfulness when shopping can go a long way.

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May 7, 2024 at 6:03 PM PST
Updated on May 7, 2024 at 6:03 PM PST
Uncategorized Wasteful Home Items

Are You Wasting Money on These 5 Home Items?

A little mindfulness when shopping can go a long way.

By
May 7, 2024 at 6:03 PM PST
Updated on May 7, 2024 at 6:03 PM PST

An important part of decluttering involves being mindful of what you bring into the home. You can’t keep a clean and orderly house if you’re constantly adding more clutter to it. Of course, there isn’t anything wrong with buying products that make your home nicer or your life easier. However, a little mindfulness can go a long way. And a lot of times, what seems super necessary initially just ends up taking up space, plus wasting money in the process. By avoiding spending on things you don’t really need, you can save money for what truly adds value to your home and overall lifestyle. Here are five things to keep off your shopping list.

Expensive Cleaning Products

With so many cleaning products available, it can be really easy to get sucked into buying one for every surface in your home. But do you really need a different cleaner for your countertops, tiles, windows, and toilet?

More often than not, you cover multiple surfaces in your home with just one or two basic, multi-purpose cleaners. Look into multi-surface products or homemade recipes like vinegar and baking soda. They’re not only cheaper but typically just as effective.

Photo credit: Kate Darmody

Overly Trendy Home Decor

When it comes to interior design, trends quickly come and go. And even though there isn’t anything wrong with staying on trend, trying out every home decor trend can lead to a lot of wasted money when they inevitably go out of style.

The key to decorating a trendy space is to think about your personal taste. Do you actually like the trend, or are you simply following along? Does it match with your current decor?

Asking yourself these questions before adopting a new trend can help that you pick out timeless pieces that blend well with what you already have. And thankfully, this can save you from a cycle of constantly updating decorations and wasting money trying to keep up.

Single-use Cleaning Wipes and Pads

Cleaning wipes are super convenient for cleaning up messes quickly or wiping down surfaces, especially if you have kids. But over time, using them starts to add up.

To cut costs, opt for reusable cloths or microfiber towels. Not only are they way more eco-friendly, they can save you a lot of money down the line. Plus, you can wash and reuse them over and over again, making them a much better return on investment.

Extended Warranties

When buying appliances or electronics, that offer to extend the warranty for added protection can be tempting. But is it really worth it?

Extended warranties can be a major money maker for retailers, and in many cases, the cost outweighs the benefit.

Keep in mind that a lot of these products already come with a manufacturer’s warranty that offers sufficient coverage. Plus, there are plenty of credit cards that offer extra protection just for using them on purchases.

Photo credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova

Novelty Items

If you can’t help but reach for your wallet during late-night infomercials, we feel you. While novelty items like strawberry slicers, popcorn machines, and unicorn-shaped kitchen gadgets promise to make life easier, you can probably do the same, if not better, with what you already have at home.

Most people use these tools once or twice before forgetting about them. Then, they end up buried in a drawer never to be seen again until you move out.

So the next time you see an infomercial pop up on your TV screen, change the channel. And instead, stick to the versatile kitchen tools that can handle multiple tasks. That way, you save precious drawer, cabinet, or countertop space, while saving money at the same time.



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