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20 home investments that'll save you money long-term

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Running a household can be an expensive, complicated endeavour but we think we've found some money-saving ideas that will help you tighten the purse strings a little.

Always remember that in some cases you have to speculate to accumulate so, though bargain basement products might seem tempting, in the long run you could be better off investing in higher quality items.

Your kitchen is a perfect example of a room that can save you a lot by doing very little, so let's get to grips with some budget-friendly ideas that you can start trying out today!

1. Buy microfibre dishcloths as they can be washed and reused countless times, as opposed to cheaper versions that need to be thrown away

Dishscloth:  Household by Jangneus
Jangneus

Dishscloth

Jangneus

2. Wireless headphones will never get snagged up and damaged

3. Wool dryer balls are a fantastic and reusable alternative to dryer sheets

Handle less Polar white Glamour:  Kitchen by PTC Kitchens
PTC Kitchens

Handle less Polar white Glamour

PTC Kitchens

4. A bread machine will ensure tasty breakfast sustenance without needing to pop out in the car. Just set the timer, wake up to gorgeous bread, pop it on a loaf paddle and away you go!

 Kitchen by Vroonland
Vroonland

​BREAD PADDLE

Vroonland

5. A French press will cut your coffee shop bills dramatically

 Artwork by COPPER COFFEE
COPPER COFFEE

COPPER COFFEE—Dripper—Pour Over Coffee Stand, Drip Coffee Stand

COPPER COFFEE

6. It might be a little retro, but a Soda Stream will save you lots of money on fizzy drinks by making your own! Who knows what flavours you might come up with?

Vintage Soda Syphons:  Kitchen by Travers Antiques
Travers Antiques

Vintage Soda Syphons

Travers Antiques

7. Invest in food freezer bags to minimise kitchen waste. As soon as something looks to be going past its best, chop it up, pop in a bag and put it in the freezer

Urban Style curved gloss white kitchen:  Kitchen by Urban Myth
Urban Myth

Urban Style curved gloss white kitchen

Urban Myth

8. Reusable vacuum cleaner bags are a revelation! Instead of throwing them out, you simply tip the dust into your wheelie bin and use again

9. Don't tumble dry your clothes as it's a huge drain on your electricity. Simply pop a clothes airer in your laundry room or kitchen

 Corridor, hallway & stairs by Phil Divi Product Design
Phil Divi Product Design

clothes rack „Solid line”

Phil Divi Product Design

10. Opting for a contract-free mobile phone will save you hundreds of pounds. Plus, there are lots of free call apps available now too!

Wildflowers - Phone Case:  Study/office by Holly Francesca
Holly Francesca

Wildflowers—Phone Case

Holly Francesca

11. Use a lunchbox to avoid spending all your wages on expensive lunches when you're out of the house

12. A food delivery service can ensure you get exactly what you need and nothing more, thus preventing expensive food wastage

 Dining room by homify
homify

Bowl for fruits

homify

13. Always have a well-stocked sewing kit in your home so you can make basic repairs to clothing and textiles

The little red hen hoop art:  Kitchen by Thimble Hoop
Thimble Hoop

The little red hen hoop art

Thimble Hoop

14. Don't waste money on lots of different pans when a slow cooker is the easiest and most cost-effective way to prepare evening meals

Magic Corner Solution:  Kitchen by Urban Myth
Urban Myth

Magic Corner Solution

Urban Myth

15. A small chest freezer can be kept in a shed or garage and offers huge potential for snapping up buy one, get one free deals at the supermarket

16. Fabric tote bags are the best option for your grocery shopping as they'll last forever. Supermarkets also have bag for life schemes so you shouldn't ever need to buy another

Emotional baggage canvas tote:  Dressing room by An Artful Life
An Artful Life

Emotional baggage canvas tote

An Artful Life

17. LED light bulbs cost a little more initially but, once you've got them installed, save money on your electricity bill immediately

Bare bulb fabric flex light:  Household by An Artful Life
An Artful Life

Bare bulb fabric flex light

An Artful Life

18. Install a budget tracker app on your computer to make sure you're staying on target

Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London:  Study/office by HollandGreen
HollandGreen

Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London

HollandGreen

19. Only buy A+ or A++ rated appliances, which are the most economical to run and environmentally sound

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Kitchen by Designcubed
Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich

Designcubed

20. Install water saving gizmos on your taps and shower head to ensure your household isn't using more than it needs

Ansty Manor, Bathroom:  Bathroom by BLA Architects
BLA Architects

Ansty Manor, Bathroom

BLA Architects

Fore more money-saving tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Of The Best (And Worst) Garden Investments.

Which of these ideas could help reduce your outgoings?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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