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5 Household Products That Are A Complete Waste of Money

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
July 30, 2016 · 2.6k Views

People are always looking for ways to save time and money. But it is a fact that we are creatures of habit, and this may not be such a good thing in regards to saving money - or not saving money, rather. If we grew up with something, it’s just customary to continue using that item as part of our everyday life without even thinking about it, even if that item is actually a complete waste of money. While you may not be able to kick some of these bad money-spending habits cold turkey, even small cut-backs will help in the long run. Here is a short list of some of the household products that are a complete waste of money. After reading, consider choosing just one or two to give up and see just how much money you can save by doing so.


1. Cable

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Source: NPR

Most people have had a cable provider or satellite as a means of watching television for as long as we can remember. For a long time, it was the only way to watch our favorite programs. Today, there are so many more options to watch your favorite TV shows and movies (many of them with limited to no commercials, too!), especially online where you can watch them for free. Some of the most popular streaming services include Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube Red, and HBO Go. Many times, you can even subscribe to more than one of these streaming services and still pay less than your normal monthly cable bill would be!

Check out the latest Netflix arrivals and departures for the month of August. They also have some great original productions coming out!

2. Air Fresheners

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Nobody wants their home to smell stale, or like it needs to be cleaned. And sometimes we clean and clean and it’s just not enough. So what do we do? We go to the store like Target and spend $3-5 on a quick-fix air freshener, like Glade or Febreze, to mask the smell. The sprays work great, but only for a short time. In addition, they bring unnecessary chemicals into your home. Luckily, there are other less expensive alternatives to those aerosol air fresheners, that are much better for your health, as well as your wallet.

Honestly, the old school method is probably still the best method. Simply sprinkle some baking soda onto your carpet, let it sit for 30 minutes or so, and then vacuum it up. Baking soda is very absorbent of acidic odors. If you don’t have carpet, or you know that’s not the problematic area, simply pour some baking soda into a bowl and leave it out overnight, in whatever room you want to deodorize. Then light a scented candle afterwards to add a new nice fragrance to your freshly deodorized room.

3. K-Cups

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Our society is always looking for the fastest and easiest ways to get things done, and one of the latest quick and easy trends is the K-cup. Simply pop one of these coffee pods into an overpriced one-cup coffee maker, and a few minutes later, a fresh, mess-free, cup of your favorite coffee sits in front of you. Seems perfect right? Well I guess it is if you don’t mind spending at least 5 times more than you would for a bag of coffee grounds to make in a regular coffee maker. While it might feel nice to keep up with the Jones’ and spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy new Keurig machine, it’s much, MUCH cheaper to get a basic coffee maker, a bag of your favorite coffee grounds, and make your coffee the traditional way.

4. Cleaning Products

Source: Today

When you go to the store, there’s a different cleaner for just about everything that needs cleaning in your home. But wanna know a secret? Most of these products actually contain many of the exact same ingredients and do basically the same thing. Yes, they do a great job cleaning your home, but are all of those chemicals really necessary? Not to mention, the prices on some of those name-brand cleaners is just insane!

The simple solution? Baking soda. That’s right, that old classic is the answer once again. When mixed with water, baking soda can be used to scrub away most of the dirt and grime on any surface. Another solution is vinegar, which is an inexpensive home remedy to disinfect things. If you combine the two - baking soda and vinegar - you can even create a simple, effective, and plumbing-friendly drain opener! If you’re not a fan of the smell of vinegar, simply mix the vinegar with a few drops of any natural essential oils to mask the smell.

5. Paper Towels

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Yep, that’s right… One of the items that we use multiple times a day is actually a complete waste of money. Even corporate America is replacing paper towels in public bathrooms with environmentally-conscious air dryers, simply because paper towels are an unnecessary cost and they produce unnecessary waste. The same is true within many households. Although they are super convenient and nice to have around, they are also costing you a fortune and producing unnecessary waste. What ever happened to using dish rags or washcloths to clean up messes? Is it really that difficult to do a load of laundry every day or every few days? Having a few nice towels or rags hung around your kitchen will not only save you money, but will also add a nice decorative touch to the room. Although this may be one of the most difficult habits to break, it’s definitely one of the most helpful.


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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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