When it comes to finances, preparedness is half the battle. Check out these smart tips from our friends at SavvySugar:
We all love saving money, making these budget-friendly items must haves around the house. You might be surprised with the ways you can use these basic things to save you in a pinch while keeping a few dollars in your pocket at the same time. Plus, you probably already have a few of these savvy items already in your home.
Read on for our favorite tools and more that will help you save time and money around your house.
Needle and Thread
Not only awesome for attaching buttons and mending clothes, a needle and thread comes in handy for fun DIYs and crafts. Having an assortment of needles and thread at your house is much cheaper than paying a tailor for quick hem touch-ups and tightening loose buttons.
A box of baking soda only costs a few dollars and does much more than help your baked goods taste good and freshen your fridge. There are tons of money-saving ways to use baking soda. Instead of using a name-brand cleanser, use it for scouring tubs, sinks, and hard-to-clean pots and pans. And you can sprinkle it under sinks and along baseboards to repel cockroaches and ants, which is more budget-friendly than paying for an exterminator.
Black Permanent Marker
For less than $1, you can get a black permanent marker that will help you save money around the house. Use for fixing scratched black paint on appliances or window frames, instead of busting out black paint and a brush, and for touching up your worn black heels.
Hot Glue Gun
Used for fun DIYs and simply holding things together, hot glue guns are reasonably priced and a whole lot cheaper than a sewing machine. Repair hems, hold together frayed edges of curtains, and fix the busted seams of your couch cushions. The glue is durable and waterproof and will fix just about anything in a pinch.
Binder clips are great for holding important papers together, but they also keep your cords organized, close up bags of food, and even help you get the very last squeeze out of your toothpaste. Use a white permanent marker to personalize the clips. They're perfect for helping organize your home, too.
Sure, a power drill is a bit of a splurge, but investing in one that comes with a collection of drill bits means you won't be paying a handyman when you need some help. From putting up your own curtain rods to predrilling holes to hang pictures, the power drill is a pro tool that you'll get comfortable with quickly.
Used for everything from patching leaks to helping to remove broken windows, duct tape is helpful in so many ways, so having more than one roll in the house is seriously smart. Duct tape is also a savvy home essential when it comes to quick wardrobe touch-ups and cute DIYs.
Vinegar is the base for tossing together tangy dishes but can also be used for cleaning around the house. Instead of paying big bucks for brand-name cleaners, mix equal parts white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and use it as a general cleaner. The mixture also works wonders on eliminating mildew and freshening old carpets. To help unclog drains, pour one half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by one cup white vinegar. Once the mixture finishes foaming, wait five minutes then flush with hot water, followed by cold water.
Hammer and Nails
A hammer isn't just a hammer. Along with helping you to hang pictures and maybe allowing you to build something cool, a hammer can also be used to measure things, dig holes in the backyard, and break ice in an emergency.