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Easy Ways to Save on 5 Household Must-Haves

toilet paperWhen it comes to saving money, the easiest way is to just cut things out of your budget. Lots of lattes, dinners out, and vacations maybe painful to part with, but sometimes necessary to do so for your financial health. But there are some things you simply cannot do without, and finding ways to save on them can really add up in the long run.

Often it's just little shifts that make a big difference. Sometimes in our busy lives, we get stuck in our habits, and often those habits aren't so economical. So here are five little changes you can make to save big on household must-haves.

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1. Toilet Paper

If ever there was a household must-have, this is it. There's pretty much no way around buying it. The thing is kids seem to think it grows on trees and often use way too much. Sometimes a simple reminder -- or even a guideline as to how many squares they should typically use -- can really cut down on the number of rolls through which you run. Also buying in bulk is almost always the way to go with this product.

2. Paper Towels

The thing is they're not a must-have, though many of us consider them one. I used to blow through almost a roll a day, using them to dry my hands after washing them, to wipe up spills, as a fork rest when cooking, and for anything else I needed. They're convenient, no doubt, but at a couple of dollars per roll, a big stash of dish rags and towels is a much more economical choice.

3. Food

We all love our favorite brands, but generics are often just as good if not better than the pricey brands. Also, if you're not using coupons on the name brand items you're not willing to give up, then you're really just throwing money away.

4. Cable TV

Again it's not technically a must-have though it may feel like it is. As long as you have an Internet connection, almost any show or movie you want to watch is available online for much less.

5. Cleaning Supplies

Bottled cleaners are no more effective than many you can make at home. A little baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice will clean almost anything. There are plenty of recipes to be found online, and bonus -- no toxic chemicals!

How do you save on household must-haves?

 

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