Household items account for a good portion of our household expenses. The average American spends 11% of their household budget on things like paper towels, cleaning products, and toilet paper.
I have found that it’s very easy to overspend on household items. When someone uses the last paper towel or the toothpaste is empty, I often find myself running to the closest drugstore to get what we need, and often not even considering the price.
With a little preparation, you can save money on regular household items.
Ten Ways to Save Money On Household Items
Know what you have! Keep an inventory of how many tubes of toothpaste or extra rolls of paper towels you have in the cabinet. Don’t wait until the last minute to restock.
Planning ahead gives you the opportunity to put some of these money saving tricks into practice like online coupons and ordering online. We almost always spend more when we frantically shop last minute for something we need.
A great way to plan ahead is to subscribe to Amazon Prime Pantry. You can log which items you need and how often you need them, and have them sent straight to your door so you never have to make a last minute run to the drug-store. Amazon Prime Pantry has saved me from overspending countless times. Sometimes I don’t even realize we are almost out of dog food when the box shows up on my doorstep just in the nick of time.
Stick to a Budget
One of the most basic ways to save money is to stick to a budget. Give yourself an allotted amount of money to spend on household items and don’t cheat. Make a plan at the beginning of the month to help you stick to your budget so you don’t end up overspending. You can download my free printable budget binder here.
Know What to Buy (and not to buy) At the Dollar Store
Not everything at the dollar store is worth your dollar, but if you are strategic about what you are buying you can save a lot of money. At most dollar stores you can find things like name-brand bars of soap, sponges, and trash-bags for a portion of their regular price.
Use Amazon Fresh
Another amazing tool Amazon offers is Amazon Fresh, their grocery delivery service. If you live in an eligible zip code you can shop online and have groceries delivered to your door. You can save money by shopping online and enjoy the convenience of delivery.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Save big on cleaning products by making your own. You can find great recipes for laundry detergent, dish soap, and an all-purpose cleaner here.
Go Green; Use Cloth
Using paper products can literally feel like throwing money away. Consider using cloth rags instead of paper towels, investing in cloth diapers, or making your own baby wipes (recipe here).
Save on Diapers with Amazon Family
Amazon Family is a great place to find baby and kid items and enjoy all the perks of Amazon. You can go here to sign up for Amazon Family and immediately get 20% your diaper purchase.
Read labels and don’t overuse expensive products. You may be surprised to learn you are using more shampoo, laundry detergent, or makeup than you actually need. For example, most people only need a dime-sized drop of shampoo for a wash and don’t need to shampoo every day.
Get the App
Many stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart offer an app to help you find coupons and save money. This is convenient when you don’t have much time for cutting coupons. You can save money by checking coupon websites like Swagbucks or retail me not for great deals and cash back before shopping.
I hope some of these small changes can make a big impact in your budget! What are some other ways you save on household items?