10 Reusable Products That Save You Money
Saving money and being sustainable is possible. Check out these reusable products that save you money.
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If you’re looking for ways to live more sustainably and save money at the same time, then reusable products are the answer. There are many benefits to using reusable products. Firstly, it eliminates waste, since you’ll be using them over and over again. Secondly, you’ll make huge savings over time. Thirdly, you never have to worry about running out.
If you don’t know where to start, then don’t worry. I’ve put together a list of the top 10 reusable products that will save you money.
Reusable Products List:
- Cloth nappies
- Water bottle
- Menstrual cup
- Cloth sanitary pads
- Safety razor
- Reusable crackers
- Bamboo towels
- Beeswax wraps
- Makeup remover pads
- Silicone baking sheet
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10 Reusable Products That Save You Money
Some of the products below have a bigger upfront cost than single use products, but don’t let that fool you. When you add up the yearly costs of the single use versions, you’ll soon see the potential of how much you can save with reusables.
If you have a newborn, you should know that switching to cloth nappies is one of the best things that you can do. Some people are hesitant to make the switch at first. They worry about the wash load. They worry about the smell. And they worry that the cost of running the washing machine more frequently will cancel out the savings.
However, you don’t need to worry. This helpful guide by The Nappy Gurus explains that even with the increased cost of energy, you will still save money by using reusable nappies. With the average cost of a washing machine cycle (including water and detergent) costing just 49 pence.
How much you can save depends on many factors. There are some great value nappies on the market that cost as little as £5.56. Then there are mid-range and high-end nappies that cost between £10 – 18
There are a few different styles of reusable nappies. The simplest option which is best for beginners are the one size pocket nappies. This one by Little Lamb * is mid-range cost and suitable from birth (usually around 8lb) to the potty training stage. On average, you will need around 25 nappies. The upfront cost will seem high at first, but you can make savings of hundreds of pounds. If you plan on selling them or reusing them on future children, this increases the money you save.
A reusable water bottle is one of the easiest sustainable swaps that you can make. It just makes sense. If you add up all of the bottles of water you buy, then you’ll soon realise how it can add up. Filling your reusable bottle with tap (or filtered) water is a simple switch that can save you a lot of money in the long run. Plus, water bottles look great.
I’d recommend getting an insulated, stainless steel bottle like this one *. It keeps cool liquids cold for 24 hours and hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours. And if you buy this particular water bottle, you get a lifetime guarantee. That’s how you know this bottle is designed to last!
Menstrual cups have become increasingly popular over the last few years and it’s clear to see why. With conventional period products, you have to buy them every month. With a menstrual cup, you only need to buy 1 or 2 and it will last for up to 10 years. So no more running out to the shops late at night because you’ve run out of pads!
Cost wise, a menstrual cup will give you the biggest savings. This one from TOTM * costs less than £20! It comes in 3 different sizes and there’s a helpful guide on their website to help you figure out the correct fit. Also, it’s free from latex, BPA and phthalates.
Getting used to a menstrual cup can be difficult for some women. But many women say that once they’ve got the hang of it, it’s extremely comfortable and easy to wear. If you’re used to wearing tampons, you’ll probably find it easier to switch to a menstrual cup.
Cloth Sanitary Pads
If menstrual cups aren’t for you, then you might prefer reusable sanitary pads. Reusable pads have a lower upfront cost compared to period underwear, which is appealing to some people. It means you can try out a couple of brands before making a bigger commitment.
If you’re worried about washing reusable sanitary pads, then don’t be. They are even easier to wash than reusable nappies since you’re only washing out blood. After each wear, you just need to rinse it under cold water and store it in a wet bag. You can choose to wash them all at the end of your cycle or do two washes: one in the middle and one at the end. Whatever works best for you.
Switching to reusable sanitary pads can save you a lot of money since you’ll be reusing them every month for a few years. These little lamb pads * are meant to last for a minimum of 3 years, but they could last even longer. And you can feel good about not having to throw pads in the bin every cycle.
There are a few reusable razors that you can switch to, but a safety razor is the only alternative that will save you lots of money. In fact, a safety razor will be far cheaper than buying single use razors.
The jungle culture safety razors * not only look good, but they perform really well. You buy the metal razor which is just under £20 and simply replace the blades when they become blunt. No more throwing away the whole razor!
The pack of 10 blades * only costs £3.99 and you could get up to 16 shaves per blade. So, as you can see, the monthly cost of a safety razor is incredibly low. For some people who don’t shave as frequently, one pack of 10 blades could last an entire year. That’s big savings!
Christmas crackers are a big part of Christmas for many families, but they’re not very sustainable. The price of Christmas crackers ranges from £5 all the way up to £35 for a pack of 6. The higher costs are for luxury Christmas crackers. But still, those are single use Christmas crackers that can only be enjoyed once.
These reusable Christmas crackers * are just under £20 for a pack of 6 and they will last you for many years. If you take good care of them, they could even last a lifetime! After all, you only get them out for one day a year. So, even if you buy the cheapest Christmas crackers available, you could still make a saving in just a few years.
Sure, you have to fill these Christmas crackers yourself, but this can be low-cost. Reusable Christmas hats, second-hand items and chocolates are great low-cost filling ideas. And as I’ve already mentioned, the great benefit to reusable products is that you never run out!
Most of us buy kitchen towel and for some of us, it can be a monthly purchase. Supermarket own-brand kitchen towel is around £2.50 for 2 rolls. That’s the average. That might not sound like a lot but if you are buying 2 rolls a month, at least, that’s £30 a year.
If you switch to these bamboo reusable towels * that are £7.99, you can make a saving of around £22 a year or more. The savings could increase depending on the brand of kitchen towel you usually buy and how frequently you purchase it.
One tube contains 20 sheets and each sheet lasts for up to 85 washes. However, if you’re looking for a long-lasting solution, you can try out unpaper towels instead *. Alternatively, cut up an old t-shirt or pair of pyjamas into squares and use these for cleaning and wiping up spillages.
Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to using foil and cling film. They can be used to wrap up fruit, sandwiches and things like that. This pack of 3 beeswax and organic cotton wraps * contains a small, medium and large wrap for £16.00. Now you might be wondering how you can possibly save money with this switch, but hear me out.
Most people think that after a year, beeswax wraps no longer work. They become limp and won’t wrap around bowls and food items. But this helpful article explains how putting them in the oven on a low temperature can help to revive them. That means you can extend the life of them by many years. It’s better for the planet and better for your pocket, too.
As an alternative, buying second-hand plastic or glass containers works well, too. You can store any food in there and reuse them time and time again.
Makeup Remover Pads
If you usually use single use cotton pads to remove makeup or skincare products, you could benefit from switching to reusable ones. Let’s face it – single use cotton pads are cheap. You can buy a pack of 100 for less than £2. However, single use cotton pads aren’t necessary anymore.
Switching to reusable cotton pads is better for the planet and your pocket. This pack of 16 reusable cotton pads is £13.99 *. That might seem like a high up-front cost but these pads will last you for years. I’ve had my pack for over a year now and I don’t see why they wouldn’t last a lifetime. That means never having to worry about buying any more and never running out.
And don’t worry about washing them – it’s super easy and they’re fast drying. I either dry them out in a warm room on the window sill or peg them up on my heated airer. I suppose you could also pop them near a radiator because they dry so fast!
Silicone Baking Sheet
A baking sheet isn’t necessary, but it can make life easier for many people. If you’re often busy or you regularly cook with oil, cleaning up the baking trays can be a dreaded task.
Personally, I find that I often need to wash my baking trays regardless, but I can see the appeal of using foil or parchment paper. Baking foil can be very expensive, costing up to £4 or more for a single roll. In comparison, this reusable baking sheet * is just £12.99 and can be used over and over again. It’s not known just how long it lasts for, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t last for years. So you could see some big savings over the course of a few years!
These are some great suggestions that will help you to reduce your carbon footprint. Thank you for sharing.
Lauren – bournemouthgirl