November 29, 2019 HomeBlog15 Things We’ve Bought That Actually Save Us Money | The Financial Diet 15 Things We’ve Bought That Actually Save Us Money | The Financial Diet By Herman Swinney Blog 100 Comments Tags:adult, amazon, Amazon Prime, apartment solutions, chelsea fagan, clothes, crock pot, Finance, investment, items to save you money, lauren ver hage, lifestyle, money, Personal Finance, purchases to save you money, saving money, shopping smart, smart finances, smart purchases, soda stream, space, storage, the financial diet, vidcon Related Posts Proper Daily Calories To Build Muscle Can the Buff Dudes survive an Olympic wrestling workout? | Hitting the Wall Pruvit Keto OS In Canada ? Keto OS Products Explained (2019) About Author admin 100 Comments BradSk88 Heads-up: Phone insurance often comes with a large deductible, like $200. Which means you don't just "get a new, free phone" when you break yours. You have to pay that $200 deductible. September 23, 2017 Reply Tessa Avonlea If you're considering phone insurance, just think about whether you think you're more carefu than the average person. If you think you are, don't buy the insurance. If you think you're more likely to break your phone than the average person, then the insurance is a good deal. Think of it as what it is, which is someone taking the risk of you breaking your phone for you. September 29, 2017 Reply Charles Wilber Going to save you a ton of money if you use soda steam a lot. Google "sodastream co2 conversion kit". No more over priced small tanks and you don't have to go to the store as much. October 2, 2017 Reply Jared Chapman Quick tip for amazon prime to make it cheaper…. you can split a prime membership between 3 separate accounts. October 3, 2017 Reply BathOLeastResistance Man, I sell phone cases at work, and the amount of time someone comes in with a phone and goes "but cheap because its just for my teenager" kills me. October 7, 2017 Reply ambermichelles This is a great list for young adults. It makes me feel old for the first time, I already have most of this October 8, 2017 Reply Slappy K I LURVS my SodaStream. I only use it for making sparkling water, but it has saved me a metric-crap-ton of money. Not having all of those empty bottles in my trashcan is also pretty sweet. October 18, 2017 Reply StaticImage Air filters, YES. And PLEASE………. also keep up on your oil changes. This includes a new oil filter and good oil. Don't use garbage oil. It doesn't have to be top of the line, but don't buy the cheapest stuff and call it a day. Also make sure you keep your PCV valve in good shape (if your car has one), and if it's time to have it replaced, just have it replaced. They're really not expensive, nor are they all that difficult for most people to replace, but they can save you from a major headache later on. As for the air filter, get a good paper filter. NOT an oiled filter. They're cheaper and they won't choke your engine. Just please keep your car in good shape. And remember to keep your tires at their proper pressure and rotated correctly. October 22, 2017 Reply Johanne Champagne Where's the lonk fir byo lunch? October 22, 2017 Reply MinaFem soda stream???!!! I had to stop this after the first sugestion – who makes you believe you need those things in your life in order to live a happy life?¡? October 25, 2017 Reply Jonathan Steele at 6:03 a programable thermostat article was discussed… but I dont see links to articles October 25, 2017 Reply Petitio Principii Fluorescent and LED light bulbs are specially better in environments where you leave the light on for longer periods, rather than just turning on for a little while and turning it down again short after. The on/off switching shortens their lifespan more than actually being on, so for places you won't leave the light on for longer periods of time or are more particularly prone to quickly switch off, halogen incandescent bulbs may be preferable. Far from being as economic as fluorescent or LED, they're a bit more economic than regular incandescent, have a longer lifespan, and only cost a bit more (but way less than LED or fluorescent). Sometimes you can combine both by using table lamps, or even separate "embedded" lights on the ceiling or walls, if it happens that there are already independent switches, or if you're making the electric install from scratch. If that's the case then it's possible that one can have a reasonably cheap and long-lasting solution with LED installs that make them more economic than regular LED light bulbs, and lasting longer as well, but that requires some study and planning. October 29, 2017 Reply kim live Must be very cheap to buy things in US. October 30, 2017 Reply Zara Royce Thai tea yes I also identify with that I have also purchased a giant bag of the mixed off of Amazon and I am astonished at how delicious it taste and how often take it taste you can make it taste just the same I've even purchased Boba and added them as well but the Boba process is a little more difficult to do at work probably but it's certainly viable for home Thai iced tea and Boba drinks in general are also very good as a hot drink a lot of people didn't realize that fifth but Boba is actually made hot and in a lot of places you can order the drinks also hot and it is very delicious and easier to make if you're out at work November 3, 2017 Reply LReBe7 Never get phone insurance, it's a total scam. Insurers always find a way to weasel out of the claim. It's that way in Europe at least, I can't say if America is the same on that front. November 3, 2017 Reply Samot Roger Soda streams are dangerous. They contain and spread bakterias November 3, 2017 Reply Sean Porcelli You can replace the flash drive by emailing the file to yourself. You can replace the yoga mat and free weights by doing body weight exercises. November 7, 2017 Reply Madison Tucker I bought a hard drive on amazon for all of my photos that I couldn’t part with, 1 terabyte for $50 November 8, 2017 Reply U V Hello,nice money saving tips from the 90s. now we have the Cloud and LEDs 🙂 November 12, 2017 Reply Rachael M I'm super late to the party, but there are energy companies that will send you energy efficient light bulbs and other household products for free if you simply fill out a a small postcard or questionnaire. This took me literally 10 minutes to complete and I got a dozen free light bulbs that were way better than anything I would have purchased on a tight budget. November 12, 2017 Reply Shirley Soares great tips GIRLS LOVE IT! Thanks a million November 13, 2017 Reply Leslie Carnes I love how clear, concise and direct your videos are! I don't have time for a bunch of nonsense. Thank YOU!!!! November 21, 2017 Reply Anthony Morris My two best saving techniques were the fully stocked pantry and a great selection of tools. I realized what a great deal the pantry was when I was broke but still ate for a week with all the stuff in my pantry. It was fun figuring out what I could do with it. The tools saved me tons of money on repairs and actually making furnishings. It was all fun as well as saving me money. A real sense of accomplishment can be had by retrieving a ring from the drain yourself and repairing the window your cat breaks before your landlord finds out. November 24, 2017 Reply Karen Anderson FYI: Amazon Prime for students is half-off/about $50 per year (with proof of enrollment) for up to four years ?? December 29, 2017 Reply Brashiya McCray Amazon Prime is half off if you have a student email January 17, 2018 Reply Jessica Watson Energy saving light bulbs are really dull January 26, 2018 Reply doc B An eclectic pressure cooker. easy to use and quick. saves eating out. January 27, 2018 Reply Hollyann Rose Investing in a good phone case is important!!! I’m so grateful I did and thank goodness ? I’m a klutz February 1, 2018 Reply grytlappar Telling people to invest in Amazon Prime… How about encouraging people to stop giving all their goddamned money to Jeff Bezos/Amazon, i.e. to maybe (what a concept) consider not shopping there at all. February 7, 2018 Reply m badcatwhite re: air filters. A much better suggestion is to religiously follow the manufacture's recommended maintenance schedule (printed in the owners manual). It will tell you what to replace and how often. That keeps you from voiding your warranty (if still applicable), and should help your car last longer. February 20, 2018 Reply Zdeněk Benedikt Hi. Can you explain how a slow-cooker uses less electricity than cooking the regular way (e.g. using an induction cooker) for one tenth of the time? Thank you. / In my experience, energy efficient lightbulbs aren't as durable as they say they are. They keep breaking on me as much as the old ones used to, but cost multiple times more. I doubt they actually save me money … unless you keep the lights on all day. / Oh, and I would have expected you to include Aliexpress in your list. Definitely more useful than Soda Stream for me (by the way, I've heard drinking carbonated beverages isn't very healthy so I'm surprised you're promoting it), but I'm sure the company producing them will "like" your video 🙂 February 20, 2018 Reply sam jest If Chelsea was my friend "it varies!" Would be her ringtone February 22, 2018 Reply vidu ramdewor rastogi Hi could you plz link the article Chelsea talks about. : the desk rescue list? February 24, 2018 Reply Denise Stathatos A furnace filter will help save energy at home and we use LED bulbs to save money as well. February 25, 2018 Reply Paula Eligado Okay, I had a feeling these saving tips are for an audience with an expensive taste (soda stream? yoga mats & weights? Just work out with your body weight!), but the rest are pretty wise and I’m totally considering them. March 1, 2018 Reply mew97ss Basically be an Asian. March 3, 2018 Reply pvcollectives How often should you change air filters? March 4, 2018 Reply kotie boatz Chelsea please come back to thought catalog it's turned to shit March 6, 2018 Reply DaisyBryar A decent durable phone case should never cost $50! I got my rubber iPhone case for about £12 and a tempered glass screen protector for £3 (I've had a few screen protectors in the 2 years I've had my phone but it still comes out cheaper than fifty dollars!). I'm from the UK but prices should really be the same in the US too March 7, 2018 Reply Aubrey Morgan I keep my seasonal clothes in suitcases that I'm not using. March 12, 2018 Reply aaaaplay Buy LED bulbs they last so much longer and save more power. March 16, 2018 Reply Amy Leona Masker Roadside assistance membership! I get mine as a Christmas gift from my parents, but the $50-150 a year for yourself can be an actual lifesaver! Costs about the same as a tow, and is totally worth the peace of mind Also an emergency road kit! Another potential lifesaver and is a solid option if you can't get the roadside assistance March 19, 2018 Reply Amy Leona Masker And buy all the fluids your car needs in advance! Keep an eye on your fluids and top off when needed, and you won’t have to panic and try to find time to get power steering fluid once your car starts making that horrid noise. This will save you a ton on maintenance and repairs in the long run March 19, 2018 Reply ApplepieFTW For 200-500, you can buy roughly 6 decent bikes. That's just idiotic. April 2, 2018 Reply CDCanada Been using my slow cooker for years. Can vouch for it! April 9, 2018 Reply Patrik Kron I would argue that a phone insurance as a unnecessary cost. This assumes that you have a phone case, enouth money to buy a new phone without going into dept. And don't drop the phone more than the average person. Moreover many home insurances have an option to ad a warranty covering accidental breaking of stuff (with a fee per thing that breaks, but lower monthly fee) April 12, 2018 Reply Chris L Soda stream is made in Israel. Sure, you can buy it, but you're encouraging the wanton murder of Palestinians with the purchase. Most of them aren't even armed and many of them are just protesting April 21, 2018 Reply Uryendel phone assurance are a scam, never buy assurance for consumer goods. Also why buy a nice phone for putting it in an ugly case? May 4, 2018 Reply LumyTheQueen I'm interested on your take about electric cars. May 6, 2018 Reply Chuck Creasy This video is slightly out of date. CFLs are not energy efficient. LEDs are. May 7, 2018 Reply ang3l_b4by Haven't watched it yet, but I'm guessing a water filters in here May 9, 2018 Reply Kalibernn bike is introduced laughs because I live in Texas where "down the road" is half an hour minimum by car May 11, 2018 Reply SookyBear369 No bikes! Walking is better for your health. May 11, 2018 Reply Julissa M. Baez I recently discovered your channel and I'm obsessed! Great job ladies. May 16, 2018 Reply Matt Ryu Flash drive? Hard drives are better for backups. May 16, 2018 Reply SABOORSDEVOTION صَبْرية I do not support soda stream. #Disgrace May 21, 2018 Reply David Ouillette What the heck is a freezer storage unit? Is that a New York thing where you share a freezer with neighbors? Dunno May 25, 2018 Reply Siân Williams Hey there, I'm enjoying these videos but was dismayed to hear you promoting Amazon – perhaps you don't realise how unethical they are in terms of exploitation of their workers? Just type Amazon Ethics into a search engine and see what comes up. May 26, 2018 Reply iamsobanned I have to talk about a couple of points from your list. First the light bulbs. I would suggest LED over CFL as they are slightly more efficient and last about twice as long. The second thing is You should not be using power strips on anything that is expensive enough to have a power saving mode. It should be a surge protector at the very least but more preferably a battery back up as they will clean up the power from your socket and help your devices last longer. Third the exercise equipment should fit the individuals lifestyle. There are a lot of people out there that will not do yoga for personal or religious reasons. As a side note I got myself a motorcycle as my second vehicle and it saved me tons of money over taking my van to work every day. May 30, 2018 Reply verabsch Menstrual cup! It costs $15-35, then you save 10 years worth of disposable tampons and pads! June 1, 2018 Reply Gregory Roth I like the advice you laid out in this video. About bikes: I gave up my car about 5 years ago and rely on public transportation and my bike to get around, but I also belong to a car sharing program in the Twin Cities called HourCar for when I do need a car. Best thing i ever did. June 3, 2018 Reply YardSigns Love The Videos You Make – But Correct Me If I'm Wrong…. When I Ran The Numbers Years Ago For The Soda Stream, It Came Out To As Much Or More Than Just Buying Name Brand Sodas…. And That Was Before They Got Greedy And Jacked Everything…. I Run Them Again Today And Just The Syrup At About $ 10 For 440ml – (Around 14.4 oz) Enough To Make 9 Liters – To $ 42 To Make 36 Liters – Makes The Sodas $ 1.10 – $ 1.27 A Liter Just For The Syrup…. Sam's Cola Is Less Than .50¢ A Liter Right Now…. Although It May Be Cheaper Than The Name Brands Now…. June 3, 2018 Reply raph009 Flash drives, a must-have for any programmer lol June 5, 2018 Reply Tacita Vero' Late late late comment but fast delivery like the one Amazon prime does is actually environmentally wasteful. They studied how full trucks are and when delivering items fast just don't travel at full capacity, wasting fuel and polluting. There is a good YouTube video on this, check it out. June 8, 2018 Reply Tan Tran I like to add also that as creatives, you should also invest in an external hard drive – not only to save your files but also for when you need to change laptops. You can also utilize free cloud services like DropBox or Google Drive. The great thing about Google Drive is you can share with others your project and work on it with your team. Great video as always. June 12, 2018 Reply crush_jazz I just want to say thanks for making these videos. I recently saw you on another YouTuber's channel (collaborative video). since then I've been slowly watching your videos and I really appreciate all the financial advice. I'm a college student who lives on my own and these tips are just really practical and handy and stuff I wish I knew before but am glad I know now. You both really help me! Thanks for making these videos! June 12, 2018 Reply keri caye I didn't see the Britas water filter etc at Walmart (I must have missed it) so I bought what I saw which was the same type pitcher and its filters. All for $8 or a bit less. I need to change filters each 2-3 months and its far cheaper than bottled h20 for coffee, soups to make or water for noodles…….I'M SMARTER NOW….my past and present electric bills are TINY…I don't flip on lights all the time …I use dollar store night lights instead (bathroom) (kitchen) and candles in the front room….I DO NOT use the electric cooler either…I use fans…that's it. No $$$$ air condition bills for me June 27, 2018 Reply Ochropyra That flash drive comment and all these external usb drive comments make me wanna puke. If you value your data and the work you put into it, get proper storage July 2, 2018 Reply Dora Lexploratrice sodadtream is not ethical July 4, 2018 Reply Rozamunduszek Programmable thermostat? Lol. You know what would save you even more money? Permanently turning off/never getting in the first place/getting rid of AC, leaving only central heating for winter July 5, 2018 Reply LinhHueTran Where is the office emergency kit? July 7, 2018 Reply TheFiremonkeyman Check with your Utility company on the light bulbs. I just got 6 free LED 60-watt equivalents from my electric company. July 18, 2018 Reply Nettie NoJohnson 2 male to female transgender on the left! lol wow you need to work on that costume July 21, 2018 Reply Ariadna Fernandez Why you can't make a non sponsored video??? I feel like you are trying to sell us something in every video ??? July 21, 2018 Reply Jason Landry Thank you soooo much for talking about getting a really good phone case. I’m a sales person for technological accesories and I am always so annoyed that people will buy a 1000$ phone and then not want to spend money on a case to protect their phone! Stop acting like your phone isn’t worth anything! You’ll be much happier when you don’t have to pay for a repair on it and you’ll certainly enjoy being able to sell your phone for more money when you want to change for a new one and your old phone will be in like new condition since it was so well protected!!!! July 24, 2018 Reply Pedro Lopez Chelsea is basically the older sister I never had July 24, 2018 Reply Gart Lonm Instead of the weights you could get some exercise straps (think trx) they are lighter adjustable and all you need is a door or tree. You can get them for about 30 dollars and you can do a lot of different exercises. July 24, 2018 Reply Lindsey Easterwood I love tools! But it can be expensive and cluttered looking, especially for non tool people. I recommend a cheap multi tool. When I first moved out i had a cheap Walmart multi and dollar hammer and it did almost everything i needed July 28, 2018 Reply Marion Hanke Do you really need papertowels ? July 29, 2018 Reply Krispy Chips You need a disclaimer about suggesting insurance!! ? July 31, 2018 Reply MrTacticalinuit Buy soda stream if you think Israel's invasion of Palestine is fine. If not buy something from a more ethical manufacturer. August 4, 2018 Reply Coloring With Coco Not impressed with this video August 9, 2018 Reply Elysium Rod Thank you for contributing to the health of our fellow people, girls. August 11, 2018 Reply LostxinthexMusic Programmable thermostats are not more efficient for certain heating and cooling systems. For less efficient systems, it uses more energy to bring the house up or down a few degrees over a short period of time than to hold a more comfortable temperature for a longer period of time. If you have a system where a programmable or smart thermostat makes sense, your energy company may offer rebates for installing those thermostats! I managed to get a smart thermostat for free thanks to a sale at the hardware store and a rebate from my power company. August 16, 2018 Reply Only Me The smart power strip made me laugh. America is probably one of the only developed countries where the plugs don't naturally do that August 28, 2018 Reply Mike Firth Amazon Prime now costs a bunch more, but I almost never pay for shipping from Amazon without it simply by buying enough – consolidating purchases while deciding which I need and being willing to wait a couple of extra days. Also, I don't get videos or music from anyone, much less Amazon, so no saving there. August 31, 2018 Reply Gaysian_american Burned a hole in the laptop screen jesus September 1, 2018 Reply UsefullPig OtterBoxes are super cheap on Amazon (for oldish phones at least) September 4, 2018 Reply soylarcandles I take my homemade coffee to work every day. Eat home cooked meals, take leftovers to work. Saves lots of money. September 15, 2018 Reply Ru made Yeah! Get amazon prime! Support a company that's run by slaves and relies on food stamps for its employees, puts small businesses out of business, and doesn't pay fair tax across the world! September 23, 2018 Reply Sam Spencer Don't get phone insurance! Put aside the money the insurance company asks for monthly into a separate savings account specifically for "new phone" and not only will you not have to pay any excess, but if you don't break your phone you'll just have this slush fund for a new one in a years or twos time 🙂 October 1, 2018 Reply MassageTeam Amazon charges different Prime prices to different ppl. My last newal (2018) was about $120. Still "worth it" especially if you know how to bargain hunt, use their free movie catalog, music, etc but… $99 is not "the price". There's also a student price that even non-trad aged students can get for a while with a .edu email address. October 22, 2018 Reply Swordsmen Florissant lightbulbs. Save the earth but at what weird twisty cost ? October 29, 2018 Reply Batshit Crazy Nice video.. Pleaae make a part 2 November 17, 2018 Reply James King Phone insurance? That's terrible advice. A $900 phone is worth $100 in two years. Buy a phone you can afford to replace. December 15, 2018 Reply Portia Strange This is definitely for millennial, middle class and/or upper-class white women. I was expecting something much different. December 27, 2018 Reply Mark Bernier Time to redo this one. Compact Fluorescents are gone. Thermostats are way different. Energy costs are now massive tax burdens to the point where making yourself miserable saves $5/month bottom line. NAS storage is now peanuts and should be part of every home office. April 23, 2019 Reply Sheri Kwong My most recent money-saving purchases/plans:1. Bidet hose for toilet– Bought individual parts and put it together yourself. Parts are cheaper (The spray handle $10 and hose $10) than full set on Amazon (Average $40).2. Soda stream– I'm going to be refilling the CO2 tank myself. I'll break even within a couple months.3. Completely replaced paper towel usage w/ cut up squares of microfiber towels intended for one-time use before throwing in the laundry machine May 26, 2019 Reply Jazzie Red At my company, I have moved into a position where I have a access to a fully stocked break room, lots of snacks, with some good choices. July 14, 2019 Reply The Financial Diet Check out this 3-Minute Guide to find out what kind of spender you are: https://youtu.be/m0IxbmXv_Cg. August 12, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.