Technology is known to make the difficult tasks easier. Unfortunately, some people avoid purchasing different gadgets because of their purchase price. However, a small investment in a gadget now can help you save money in the long run. Here are 10 impressive gadgets that will help you save money.
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When you use a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature, you are reducing your energy consumption. You can program the thermostat to decrease or increase during times when you are sleeping or away from home. Research shows that using a programmable thermostat can save you 20% on heating and cooling costs. Some programmable thermostats can be controlled by an app downloaded to your smart device for extra convenience.
Consider purchasing a book light for reading at night, or use a free flashlight app on your smartphone to save money and electricity. These options allow you to read in bed without disturbing your partner. For added fun, pull your sheets and blanket over your head while you read with your book light and pretend you’re reading past bedtime and might get caught.
Wireless LED Lights
You can control your lights over Wi-Fi through a variety of gadgets including your smartphone or tablet. If you like to keep your lights on because you hate coming returning to a dark home, mobile apps now allow you to turn your lights on remotely.
Universal Battery Charger
While this isn’t a new gadget, it certainly is one that saves families money time and time again. Battery chargers are great if you have kids using battery-powered toys and remotes. You will pay the initial out-of-pocket expense for the rechargeable batteries, but it’s a one-time purchase and from there you’re set. Simply add it to the charging dock and in a few hours they are ready for at least a day’s worth of use.
Tablets are little computers that anyone can use. High-end tablets are now more affordable to own than ever, thanks to low monthly payment options available from carriers like T-Mobile. Tons of money-saving apps are available at your fingertips on powerful tablets like the Google Nexus 9, in addition to hours of fun. Connect your tablet to a reliable network, then can clip coupons, scan weekly ads, have a laugh at a silly cat video, learn a new language, and browse the Internet for child-friendly games.
Instead of spending $3 to $5 at your local coffee shop, you can buy a coffee maker and spend less than $10 on a bag of coffee. An 11-oz bag of Starbucks coffee can yield approximately 30 cups. A simple coffee maker can give you the delicious coffee fix you crave and save you money at the same time.
Change all of your faucets to low flow faucets. Add a shower meter and a low flow shower head to help reduce the amount of water you use for showering by 60 percent.
Water Filtration System
Why pay for bottled water when you can have filtered water from your faucet? The average family of four drinks about two gallons (or over five bottles) of water per day. By using a system like Brita to filter tap water, you can save up to $2,900 a year.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs might cost more, but they last longer than traditional light bulbs. If you replace 10 traditional light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs, you stand to save approximately $57.55 on energy use per year.
TV Stick or Streaming Device
You can turn any TV into a Smart TV with a streaming device like Roku or the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Plug one of these devices into your HDTV and gain access to thousands of hours of watchable content from various streaming services like HBO GO, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. Why pay $125 a month for cable when you can get one streaming service for under $10 a month?
These 10 gadgets all follow the “Buy now, save later” principle—they all prove their worth in the initial investment. Which gadget are you most excited about?