4 Reusable Items That Can Save You Money

There are numerous items that can be reused to save money, but here are four of my favorite!

1. Reusable K-Cup

This is probably my favorite of favorites, since coffee is the greatest thing ever.

I have a Keurig, and I love it!  But I hate having to buy K-Cups (they’re just too expensive).

Granted, K-Cups are a whole lot cheaper than going to Starbucks and paying $5 for a cup of coffee, but still . . . K-Cups cost about fifty cents a cup on average.

What I like most about the Keurig is the single serving (this prevents me from having to make a full pot when I only want a cup, which happens more often than not).  Sure you could make a single cup in a pot if you wanted (and that’s what I used to do), but it’s kind of a pain to do it that way.  The Keurig is just a whole lot easier.

One of the things I loved about my old coffee pot is that you could buy coffee super cheap, and it would last forever. Once I got the Keurig, I had to start buying K-Cups, and that increased my costs big time.

One day I thought to myself, “Is there anyway to use the cheaper coffee in the Keurig?” and that’s when I discovered the Reusable K-Cup.  Yeah, it’s not as convenient as buying K-Cups, but I don’t mind (especially if it allows me to save money).  Instead of spending fifty cents or so for a single cup of coffee, the Reusable K-Cup allows me to use my Keurig for around two to three cents a cup; that makes a huge difference.

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2. Reusable lunch box

A lunch box will allow you to save money in a couple of ways.

First, it allows you to bring your lunch to work, which will save a ton on its own.

But second, it allows you to conveniently carry and store your lunch everyday.  You don’t need to buy special disposable bags or containers or anything, you just need to get you a good lunch box.  The lunch box I use everyday is similar to this one.

3. Reusable storage containers

Storage containers are always good to have on hand. They’re good for almost anything!  I like to use them to store my lunch (in my reusable lunch box).

Not only will you save money by bringing a lunch, you will also save by what you store your lunch in. Instead of buying disposable containers or packaging, why not buy reusable storage containers instead? When you buy them once, you can wash them and reuse them after every single use. I do this every single day.

4. Reusable coffee mug

They say that a styrofoam cup takes 1000 years to decompose. If that’s true, surely that isn’t good for the environment. Using your own coffee mug can save you money and also save the environment.

I love coffee!  It’s something that I drink everyday, and everyday I use a mug similar to this one.

My wife bought me a plain white one like that and decorated it using paint markers (pretty neat gift idea).

Once you decorate it the way you want, you place it in the oven for about 30 minutes (350 degrees). That causes the paint to stick to the cup, basically.

Obviously, you don’t have to get a plain white mug, you can get whatever you want. Whatever you choose, get you something cool. It will save you money and also save the environment.

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Additional reusable items that can save you money

I wanted to share a few more items that might help you save. These are things that I haven’t done, but I’ve thought about. If you’re looking for more ways to save, consider these, too!

1. Reusable water bottles

My wife literally has these water bottles all over the place.  She loves these things!

This isn’t something I do, but it might work for you.  I know my wife really enjoys using her own water bottles (probably because they look cool).

Years ago, I used to take a water bottle to the gym (back when I used to pay for gym memberships), but the plastic disposable water bottles seem to work fine for me.  I know it’s not as good for the environment, and I know it could save me more money, but . . . it’s just not something I feel the need to do right now (maybe someday).

2. Reusable cloth diapers

Before my daughter was born, I was a fan of the “cloth diaper” idea.  I thought cloth diapers might be a good idea, but my wife wasn’t really on board with it.

Now that my daughter is almost potty trained, there’s no reason to think about using them now, but I’m still not opposed to the idea.

They say you use about 2500 to 3000 diapers a year.  And if you buy a box of 100 diapers, that’s about 30 boxes a year.  And if you pay $30 a box, you’re looking at $900 in diapers each year . . . That’s insane (cloth diapers could save you a ton).

3. Reusable grocery bags

This is another item that can save you money and the environment.  Believe it or not, there are some cities that charge for grocery bags (Seattle, for example).  Granted, they’re not super expensive, but that’s not the point.  If a grocery store is going to charge you to use their bags, why not bring your own grocery bags instead?

Not only will bringing your own grocery bags save you money, it might also save the environment (you won’t need to use those plastic bags that are mass-produced in some factory).  Bring your own bag to save money, and save the environment.

Reusable items that can save you money

There you have it! Four items that you can reuse to save money (plus a few more).

There are so many items that you can reuse to save money; the first four are some of my favorite. They have helped me, and they might help you. Happy saving!