As a huge personal finance lover, I’ve learned to save my money and not buy a lot of stuff over the years. Not only has this saved me thousands of dollars, but I’m also happier without all the clutter. However, there are a few things that have been able to make life easier for me, and I wanted to share them with you.
These tools, gadgets, and purchases aren’t wasteful or unnecessary. Instead, they can make a huge difference in your quality of life, and are WELL worth the money you’ll spend on them. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
20 Purchases That Will Make Life Easier
1) Reusable Batteries
I’ve mentioned reusable batteries in the past, but they’re totally worth mentioning again. Not only have they saved my family SO much money (we’re talking hundreds of dollars here), but they’re also super easy to adjust to.
And the best part? If I need to change out my batteries, I no longer have to run out to the store if I’m all out. All I have to do is charge and go.
2) Ninja Foodie
My oven is old and takes up a lot of power. This year, my family invested in a Ninja Foodie, which includes an air fry option, bake option, dehydrate option, and more.
Not only does it heat up super quick (less than 1 minute), but it also cooks the food quickly. I’ve had dinner on the table in 15 minutes most of the time!
I’ve also noticed a decrease in our electric bill, which is a huge plus as well. I went from using the oven almost every day to just this little gadget. We got ours from the Amazon Warehouse for $40 off, but Amazon runs sales all of the time.
3) Amazon Alexa or Google Home
I personally have a Google Home, and now I can’t remember what life was like without it. We can set timers (especially handy for my daughter), alarms, play music, and even get a glimpse at our to-do lists.
My daughter also has a lot of fun asking Google questions and having full-on conversations. She’s an only child, so a break from the constant talking is nice for me as well!
Have anxiety? A weighted blanket can really make life easier.
I was diagnosed at the tender age of 13, and struggled with insomnia for years before I finally found this bad boy. I don’t know what magic it consists of, but I have a lot more restful nights now than I ever had before.
Mine is not as weighted as some because I do tend to overheat at night. I chose a 10 lb option, but weighted blankets can go all the way up to 50 lbs.
5) Drain Snakes
I have a lot of hair.
Like, a lot.
Like, you have to part my hair with a really big comb just to see my scalp. AND, it’s semi-coarse and curly, which means lots of shedding. While I’ve also purchased a drain stopper for my bathtub, I’ll be honest when I say my hair can clog anything.
Investing in a reusable drain snake has saved my family a lot of money on Draino and plumbers. Every few months when we start to notice the water not draining as fast, we will run a snake through them and they’ll be good as new!
You can also just buy the plastic ones (they’re cheaper), but I prefer reusable options.
6) Blue Light Blocking Glasses
I work at my computer for 8 hours a day. Sometimes more, depending on if I’m also completing personal tasks on the computer (like online shopping, gaming with friends, etc). As someone who already has sensitive eyes, eye strain is a huge concern of mine.
That’s why I spent $25 on some blue light blocking glasses. And they’ve been a game-changer. Not only do I not get those pesky headaches by the end of my workday, but I also don’t notice as much eye strain. You can also invest in glasses that have your prescription in them, but I wear contacts so I don’t have to spend the extra money.
7) Yeti Coffee Mug
I make coffee every morning, but typically don’t finish it right away (#momlife). My yeti mug has kept my coffee hot for HOURS, and I don’t have to worry about reheating it in the microwave or making a brand new cup.
Yeti also has cold tumblers if you’re an iced coffee lover, or if you need a water mug that stays cold for a really long time.
8) A Robot Vacuum
If you have carpet in your house, or if you find yourself constantly sweeping and vacuuming because of kids and/or pets, you need a robot vacuum. You don’t even have to get the super expensive one.
We bought ours on sale for just $130, and it’s been a champ for the last year. I run it twice a day since I have pets and a kid. While we do have to empty it out at least 2-3 times a week, this is much better than having to vacuum, sweep, and mop every single day. It’s saved my family so much time, and I feel like our house is cleaner too.
9) A Blowdryer Brush
As I mentioned above, I have a lot of hair. And sometimes, I like to straighten it. What used to take me 6 hours to do now takes me just shy of 2 hours. And I owe all of that to my Revlon blowdry brush. It literally cut my blowdrying by 75%.
And, it gets my hair bone straight, which means less time (and damage) using a flat iron. If your hair is thinner, less coarse, or shorter than mine, it may take you even less time. This little gadget could make such a huge difference in your getting ready routine.
10) Magic Erasers (Will Certainly Make Your Life Eaiser!)
Magic erasers are great for so many things. And you don’t even need the name brand. I’ve found that store brand options work just as well.
Here are just a few things you can use a magic eraser on:
- Wiping off grease
- Cleaning your oven
- Cleaning your walls, tables, and more
- Removing rust
- Clean your fridge and microwave in less time
- Remove scuff marks
- and so much more!
I keep a few in my kitchen cabinets at all times, and they’ve really helped in my deep cleaning routines.
Do you find yourself on the go a lot? Or, is your phone older and doesn’t have the battery life it used to? If you said yes to either or both of those questions, a portable charger will make life easier. Not only can you take it with you on the go, but it also means you have a charger at all times and don’t need to find a plug.
12) A Wagon With Storage
Who knew a wagon would be so useful? I found ours in the garden area at our local Menard’s, but you can also buy second hand or find them in the little kid’s aisle.
Not only do we use it as a stroller, but we’ve also been known to load all of our groceries in it, take it to the Pumpkin Patch, and use it for transporting goodies during parties. If you’re the type to try to take everything in the house in one trip, a wagon is a great investment. Bonus points if it has pockets and cup holders for times like tailgating!
13) A Jar Opener
I am a strong and independent woman. But even I have to ask my husband for help opening jars. That was until I got a jar opener. I got one with a handle, but there are many other options on the market, you just have to find what works best for you.
Now, I only depend on my husband to get the jars from those high up places (because I’m only 5 feet tall and I will not stand on the stove, I promise).
14) A Taser Gun
Again, I’m only 5 feet. And a woman. And while I wish I didn’t have to worry about this, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I do live in an open-carry state, but prefer to not keep a gun on me when out and about (it’s just a personal preference).
Instead, I have a taser “gun”. It looks just like the real thing, but of course tases instead of shoots. It makes me feel more comfortable when by myself or when I need to go out at night. Plus, it looks dangerous, which is an extra security measure.
I grew up on cast iron cookware. And I want to pass mine on to my daughter one day because let’s be honest, food cooked in cast iron is the best. Plus, cast iron is, surprisingly, super easy to clean. Once it’s seasoned, literally all you have to do is scrub it clean and keep it oiled. And the best part is that it will last you forever, so you only need to buy it once.
We found most of our cast iron second hand at thrift stores, but Target, Walmart, and Amazon all have good options as well for under $50 per piece.
16) A Curved Shower Rod
Who knew this was even a thing? Not me, until I found one. If you don’t have a shower door and you find the shower curtains constantly sticking to you, grab a curved shower rod. No more sticking to you, but you also don’t have to worry about water getting on the floor. And most are under $30.
17) An Extra Computer Monitor
This is essential if you want to boost your productivity, especially when working from home. I fought getting a second monitor for so long because I just didn’t think I needed it. Turns out, I did. Not only can I have meetings and organize at the same time, but I also find myself switching tabs a lot less, which cuts down on time.
And, as a gamer, it’s really nice having a wider or more comprehensive view when gaming. Monitors don’t have to be expensive either. I found mine second hand for just $50.
18) Blackout Curtains
If you work nights or don’t want the sun waking you up during the day, you need blackout curtains. And bonus points, they also help keep the sun from turning your home into an easy bake oven. I found mine at Walmart for about $15 each, but you can find Blackout curtains for just about anywhere. Not only do they help keep you from waking up when you don’t want to, but they can also lower your energy bill, which makes life easier all around.
19) National Park Annual Pass
How does a National Park pass make life easier? Well, I’ll be honest, it probably doesn’t. But it makes life better. An annual pass only costs $80 (and if you’re disabled military it’s free).
But the beauty is that this pass gets you into every single National Park. And if you’re big on seeing sites, traveling, or just need a getaway, this pass could easily pay for itself in just a few visits.
20) A Handheld Vacuum
I don’t know about you, but I love a clean car. My dad always taught me to take care of my stuff, cars too. And while vacuuming your car may not maintain the mechanics, it sure does make it look better. Plus, it’s easier to sell a clean car than a dirty one.
That’s why I invested in a handheld vacuum. Mine does have a cord, but I got an adapter to plug it into my car. And, I’ve found more uses for it too. It’s great to use to clean the crevices in the couch, pick up wasted cat food and kitty litter, and even to clean corners and in gaps between our kitchen cabinets and fridge. And you can’t beat the price at just $40.
Make Life Easier With These Tools
These tools have made my life easier and can help you too. Not only are many of them super inexpensive, but most of them keep you from spending more money or getting more clutter. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is!
What makes your life easier? Tell us in the comments below!
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a project manager for online entrepreneurs and small businesses. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or reading her growing pile of horror books, you'll find her working on her HR degree and working towards FIRE.