Being frugal sometimes requires some careful planning. If you want to be economical, you sometimes have to make big purchases in the beginning. These purchases help you save money in the long run. These purchases are also things that you will begin to depend on to save money. The 8 items a frugal person should have will help you out saving money in the long run, being more budget-friendly, and learning how to use what you have to make the most.
#1 A Crockpot to Save Money on Meals
Every frugal person needs a crockpot because it’s something you can always depend on. Crockpots are there when you need to throw a quick meal together and forget about. They’re perfect for those busy days when you don’t have much time to prep food between work and other obligations. Having a crockpot you can depend on for a hearty homecooked meal will keep you from splurging on fast food or takeout. Making crockpot meals ahead of time and keeping them in your freezer will also keep you from wasting money on groceries that go bad.
#2 A Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets are great to have because they keep mealtime fun and exciting. A cast iron skillet is essentially two items in one, a frying pan and a baking dish. You can use it to sear delicious steaks before popping them into the oven. You can also go the sweet route and make a soft and warm chocolate chip cookie. Cast iron skillets cut down on the number of pans you need, making it the perfect item for those living frugally.
#3 A Good Sharp Knife
Every chef or basically anyone who preps meals needs a solid knife. They need a knife that will cut through even the toughest vegetables like spaghetti squash. Don’t skimp on this one. A good knife will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to constantly replace one with a dull blade. It’s amazing the amount of use that you can get out of one when you don’t skimp on the quality. It pays for itself in the long run.
#4 Bottled Water
Purchasing a bulk package of water is a great idea because then you’ll never be without. Those living frugally can stretch a $3 case of water to last months! That’s because once you drink a bottle, you can keep refilling it with the tap. You no longer have to spend a dollar a bottle to get one out of a vending machine or from a store. When you have bottled water at home, you can make the most by keeping that same bottle to use for several days if not weeks. This is also great for the environment!
#5 Baby Wipes
You would be amazed at the different things that I use baby wipes for. Other than cleaning up a messy toddler, I have easily found five other uses. Baby wipes can be used to remove makeup, clean off counters, to wash hands before dinner, to clean up a spill, and more. They fit right in your purse if you carry one and can be pulled out almost anywhere that you encounter a mess. The smaller sized packages of baby wipes are also great to keep in your glovebox.
#6 A Bottle of Vinegar
Every frugal person needs a bottle of vinegar because it’s ridiculous the number of things you can use it for! As most people know, vinegar can be used for cooking. It tastes great on a cucumber salad! The uses don’t end with food, however. Vinegar can be used to fight against rust, to remove odors, to clean up tough spills, and more. It can also be used to fix an upset stomach. If you have vinegar stocked in your house, you are ready for almost half the problems that arise on a daily basis. It’s one of those items that you’ll never know when you may need it so you might as well have it stocked.
#7 A Good Blender
A blender is a great kitchen gadget because it can be used for almost anything if you’re creative enough. Blenders can be used to create delicious smoothies for breakfast on those days when you’re running behind. Blenders can be used to create creamy milkshakes if you ever find yourself or your family needing a treat. Blenders can also be used to chop vegetables, mix ingredients, crush ice and more. As long as you have different settings on your blender and can keep a watchful eye on it, you can use your blender as a few different kitchen tools in one.
#8 A Pantry Full of Canned Goods
As long as you keep your pantry stocked, you will always have access to items that can make a meal. Canned goods are cheap and you can fill your pantry with beans, vegetables, canned fruit and more. These can be used as a side for meals or you can toss them together to create soups and casseroles. You’ll never know when you need a certain vegetable, it’s more budget-friendly to keep them on hand canned. They still taste just as good as fresh!
So what did you think of the list? Was it helpful? Are there any items we missed that you always keep on hand as part of a frugal lifestyle? If so, tell us about it in the comments!