Finding the best deal isn’t always about couponing or flash sales. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of choosing the cheaper version of an item that works just as well!
Check this list to see if you’re paying too much for certain items in your home.
Guilty as charged? Don’t worry, we’ve found some easy alternatives so you can make the switch and stop overpaying once and for all.
Left: Bormioli Rocco Restaurant Red Wine Glass, Set of 4 | $22.30
Right: Riedel Wine Series Viognier/Chardonnay Glass, Set of 2 | $27.50)
Can you tell the difference between these two wine glasses? Neither can your dinner guests. So, why bother spending $5-10 more for an unnoticeable difference? When it comes to shopping for wine glasses, the most important thing to look for a slight inward curve at the top – this focuses the aromas. Otherwise, cheaper is likely better because then it won’t be a Greek tragedy when you break one in the dishwasher!
Left: ALTERNA BAMBOO Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner Set | $25.50
Right: Store-Bought Salon Products | $30 or more!
Seriously, don’t buy shampoo from the salon. Ever. Sorry, hairstylists, but the markup is just way too high on shampoos and conditioners straight from the salon. Check online retailers like Amazon and you’ll find the exact same products, just marked down by as much as 50-75 percent.
Left: Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker | $55.12
Coffee makers these days can cost hundreds of dollars and bring attractive features like milk frothers and temperature control. Those are definitely nice to have (if you actually use them) but standard “manual” coffee makers (like this one) will cost you about $50-$100 less and actually work better in the long run than their digital counterparts. Just like cars, appliances with more mechanical features are built to withstand more wear and tear.
Right: Olde Thompson 9.75-Ounce Pepper Supreme Whole Peppercorns | $14.50
If there’s one place in your home that should be full of variety, it’s your spice rack. But, have you ever noticed that re-upping your spice game is actually super pricey? A jar of organic spices can cost as much as seven dollars! The next time you’re running low on a spice you use a lot (like paprika or pepper) shop Amazon or the bulk section of a wholesale store instead of buying a brand-new container at the grocery store. You’ll save almost double.
Left: Gel Hand Wash Refill Pouch, French Lavender, 34 oz | $7.97
Right: Method Limited Edition Foaming Hand Wash-Desert Lily – 10 oz | $7.99
Foaming hand soap will cost you about $3-$4 more than normal, non-foaming hand soap. If you buy a large container of hand soap and just continue to reuse a container, you’ll save even more cash. Just keep the bulk container under your sink for easy storage.
The upfront cost of incandescent bulbs vs. CFLs belies a major savings if you go CFL. It costs about $60 more to buy and operate incandescent bulbs than it does to purchase and use CFL bulbs because incandescent blow out way faster. Pro Tip: They make specialty CFL bulbs for dimmers. Have porch lights? Don’t forget to replace those, too.