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July 13, 2014

Three ‘no necessity’ purchases that could save you money

-- — Hello, my dear budgeteers! Didn’t you miss me last week? I know you did, but rest assured, I have returned to you with some real nuggets of knowledge that will hopefully change your life as much as they changed mine.

I’m going to get right to the point. I don’t make many “no necessity” purchases, but when I do, I’m always trying to find a way to make them cheaper. I can’t help it; it’s the girl in me, I just love to fix things. Here are three purchases I have made that saved me money!

 

1. TV-streaming device

I know I’ve gone on and on before about canceling cable to save money, but I’m sure very few of you have actually done it. Cable is like a drug, and people begin to go into withdrawals at the just the thought of not having it. However, there have been so many advances in the area of television watching, and none of them include a cable company. Netflix costs $8.99 per month, Hulu Plus is just $7.99 per month, and the list goes on.

If you don’t have an Xbox or Playstation to stream through, you can buy a device like Apple TV for just $99 (the cost of some of your monthly cable bills). While some may argue that some of these services don’t have the latest shows, you don’t really need cable when you’re already paying for Internet that has most of the shows you want to watch for free.

 

2. Coffee/Espresso Machine and Cold Brew Coffee

I spend more money on Starbucks than I care to admit. Seriously, it’s a problem and I become super depresso (when your depressed because you don’t have espresso) when I don’t get my fix. My personal drink of choice is the venti iced caramel macchiato, which I easily spent $30 per week attaining. I finally discovered cold brew coffee, which I get for under $5 from Whole Foods (if you don’t have one, any grocery store carries this). In the morning, I fill my own cup up with ice, pump some liquid sweetener (this works better than sugar), splash in some milk and I make a whole week’s worth of coffee for virtually the cost of one Starbucks drink.

If you enjoy hot coffee, you desperately need a Keurig or espresso machine in your life. You can get a Keurig for $100 and an espresso machine runs anywhere from $100 to $1,200. However, if you do the math, even when you get the top-line espresso machine, your still spending less in one year than what you would on espresso from a café.

 

3. UV Gel Nail Kit

I just got gel nails for the first time last week, and let me just say, it was a revelation. For $25, I got a manicure that will sustain me for two weeks without chipping! Seriously, if you’re still getting acrylic nails, I have two things to say to you: First, hello, it’s not the ’90s. Second, go get a gel manicure right now because it will change your life.

While I’m super impressed, you know I’m always trying to find a way to save money. While I love my new nails, I don’t $50-per-month love them. I did some research and it turns out that you can buy gel nail kits for as little as $50. That’s right, use it twice and it’s paid for itself!

That’s all I have for you this week. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BudgetBrittany and follow me on Twitter @BDenneyMcClure.

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