Spend Money to Save Money
- Get a vacuum sealer for wine and champagne and you'll never toss another half-empty bottle.
- Join a wholesale club like BJ's or Sam's Club.
- Buy everyday ingredients in smart, resealable packaging―like tomato paste or pesto in a tube. They cost a bit more, but there's no waste.
- Instead of buying expensive bags of prewashed greens, purchase a salad spinner and do it yourself for a fraction of the price.
- Break your $5-a-day coffee habit. Buy a good-quality espresso maker and get your caffeine rush at home for less.
- Lay out a couple of hundred dollars for class cards at your favorite yoga or Pilates studio and see big discounts over a pay-as-you-go plan.
- Spring for the extended warranty or service contract for pricey electronics, like a plasma TV. You'll be glad you did if the screen suddenly goes blank.
- Protect family pets with insurance. They'll be covered for emergencies that can cost thousands.
- Give your laundry a little TLC. Use mesh bags to keep lingerie from snagging and good soap to prevent fine washables from fading.
- The best defense is a good offense. Scotchgard upholstery, and treat wooden surfaces with polyurethane to protect against stains and wear.
- A surge protector will almost surely save your files, no matter what Mother Nature sends your way.
- See the light―longer. Long-lasting lightbulbs cost more but will buy you many more years of illumination.
Style and Beauty
- Line drawers and closets with cedar sachets to keep moths (and holes) at bay.
- Splurge on pretty padded hangers so clothes stay in store-bought shape.
- Instead of wasting countless dollars on drugstore trial and error, book a professional makeup or color appointment and you'll never buy the wrong product again.
- Seek out a good tailor. After a few nips and tucks, even inexpensive clothes can look custom-made.
- Save your soles. Rather than shelling out for a new pair, have your favorite shoes repaired regularly.