7 Home items every frugal family should own
Being a frugal family isn’t all about saving every cent you earn, it’s about prioritising what you spend your money on. You want to eliminate the expenses that aren’t a priority to your family, and spend more on the things that your family really values.
Being frugal is also not about buying the cheapest of everything, after all sometimes that can cost you more in the long run. It’s better to carefully choose items that will add value to your life and actually last the distance. There is not much point going straight for the cheapest option if you will be replacing it in a month thanks to that cheap item breaking or the quality not being as good as you hoped.
If you want to up your family’s frugal level but you aren’t sure how to get started, start with these 7 home items every frugal family should own. Sure, you will have to outlay a little money in the beginning, but they will save you plenty more in the long run.
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Coffee maker and travel coffee mug
So many of us rely on that morning cup of coffee, but unfortunately they can add a fair bit to the budget! Add up how much you spend on takeaway coffee each year and you might be in for a shock.
I’m not going to suggest you give up your daily coffee for good, but instead suggest that you invest in a quality coffee machine and some quality coffee beans instead. Sure, you will outlay a little money in the beginning to buy the coffee machine, but it’s going to save you bucket loads in the long run.
It’s also a great idea to invest in a travel coffee mug to go with your new coffee machine. That way you can make your home-made morning coffee just before you head out the door, and know it’s going to stay warm for a while.
Cast iron frying pan
I bought by cast iron frying pans at least 10 years ago and they still look the same as they did the day I got them. They are the one kitchen item that you can guarantee you will have for the rest of your life.
For this reason it’s worth investing in good quality pans, but look around for a set on sale rather than paying full price!
Cast iron frying pans are an incredibly versatile thing. You can use them as a frying pan, or as a baking dish in the oven.
They will save you money in the long run as you won’t be replacing frying pans on a regular basis, and because they have so many uses they might also free up some storage space.
Energy efficient light bulbs
If you haven’t already, switching your standard light bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to cut down your energy bills. LED light bulbs are well known for using a fraction of the energy that a standard light globe uses, and can easily be found in most shops.
Sure, LED light globes will set you back a little more than a standard globe, but they will pay you back two fold by both using less electricity and last way longer than an ordinary globe. It’s another case of spending a little more up front to save a stack of money in the long run.
Food storage containers
Good quality food storage containers are worth their weight in gold! It’s a great idea to have a stash in the kitchen cupboard. If you want to improve your frugal ways you need to avoid wasting food as much as possible, as there is little point spending money on food just for it to go in the bin. Minimising your food waste is good for the environment too!
Having a range of food storage containers on hand means you can easily put leftovers in the fridge or freezer for later. I always freeze any leftover dinner ready for lunches or to give myself a night of from cooking down the track.
Look for containers that are suitable for microwaving and freezing, I use glass containers to freeze my leftovers. Food storage containers are one of those items that are often half price in the major supermarkets, so keep and eye on the Coles and Woolworths catalogues and stock up when you next spot a 50% off sale.
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I would be lost without my slow cooker, especially in the winter months! There is nothing better than coming home to dinner already cooked at the end of the busy day. I purchased a slow cooker that also doubles as an electric pressure cooker, but there are plenty of budget friendly slow cookers around.
If you find yourself stuck for time in the mornings but still want to turn on the slow cooker for that nights dinner, try prepping dump bags on the weekend and freezing them. These are large zip lock bags filled with the raw meat, vegetables and sauce ready to be slow cooked. When you are ready to cook a meal, simply empty the dump bag into the slow cooker and turn it on. Perfect for those ultra busy mornings.
I would be lost without my water filter. If like me, you don’t like the taste of water straight out of the tap, you need to invest in a water filter.
Water filters do an amazing job at improving the taste of water, and mean that you can fill up your drink bottle with great tasting water before you head out each day. This saves so much money when compared with buying pre-filled water bottles from the supermarket, and is a great environmentally friendly option too.
Power usage metre
If you are struggling with high electricity bills, a power usage metre is a great way to work out which appliances might be using high amounts of electricity. You simply plug the metre into the power point, the plug your appliance into the metre. It will tell you exactly how much electricity your appliance is using at any one time.
We were recently battling with extremely high electricity bills and bought one of these power usage metres to try work out why our bills were so high. We tested every appliance in our house and it turned out none of them used a particularly high amount of electricity. Once we realised this we got in touch with our energy retailer who sent someone out to test our electricity metre, and sure enough the metre was faulty. So our power usage metre was well worth the money.
If you want more tips on cutting your electricity bill, check out this post I wrote on how I halved my electricity bill.