Gadgets can be addictive.
For many people, snapping up the newest product and showing it off to friends and co-workers demonstrates their coolness. Gadgets can also be a source of “keeping up with the Joneses“. I’ve struggled with this personally in the past.
But not all gadgets are a waste of money. Some gadgets may actually help you save time and money. Here are some of my favorite money saving gadgets.
Tile is a device that allows you to attach it to your keychain, purse, or whatever you sometimes misplace so you can find it again. If you are one of those people who constantly misplace your wallet, for instance, put one inside it and you will be able to locate it quickly with the app on your phone. These days, time is money, so the elimination of wasted time could save you some money at the same time.
Investing in a battery charger and rechargeable batteries make sense if you are going through them often. You can pick one up for around $20, and a 4-pack of rechargeable AAA batteries at Walmart is around $9. Since the disposable ones run about half the price of rechargeable batteries, it only takes recharging them twice for this product to pay for itself and start saving you money.
If you have trouble getting yourself out of the shower in the mornings, investing in a shower timer could help. The cost of this device varies from $20 to upwards of $100, but the savings in both time and money can make this a worthwhile investment. Another alternative use for this could be using it for a teenager in your house so they are forced to take shorter showers. Not that I’d know from personal experience. 😉
Kindles, Nooks, and other types of e-readers have become widely used in the last few years. They appeal to the consumer because you can download hundreds of books and games, and carry all of them with you at once. These can save you money because you’ll often find that purchasing an e-book is cheaper than buying a physical book. Sometimes they are even cheaper than used books on Amazon once you figure in shipping costs.
Prices vary widely for the convenience of not having to do real vacuuming yourself with a manual model. Some robot vacuums sell for around $200, but others are priced at about $900. Obviously it is convenient to have a robot vacuum, but there are drawbacks and a variety of features. Again, the savings comes into play if you hate to vacuum and if you could be doing something else that makes you money while your robot vacuum does most of the work. I have highly considered getting a robot vacuum or a robot mop, but instead I hired a housekeeper to keep up with cleaning more than just my floors.
Using this little gem allows you to watch videos and listen to music on your television. The set-up for a Google Chromecast is quick and easy. Plus, the device is easily affordable at around $40. You can also watch movies and videos, eliminating the need for cable and saving you hundreds.
The purchase price of a clothing steamer can run anywhere from $50 to $300, but if your work requires you to dress nicely, it could be worth the investment to you.
Sending clothing out to be pressed can cost around $5 per shirt. That may not sound like a lot, but it can add up quickly and make a dent in your budget. With a few minutes effort, you could save quite a little money in your budget by having a clothing steamer to help you remove wrinkles.
Clearly there are people who purchase the latest in technological gadgets for reasons other than to save money, and some gadgets are convenient but don’t really save you anything. However, some gadgets can save you time and money.
What other gadgets do you have that save you money?