Those of you who are regular readers of this site know that I am not a fan of spending money I don’t have on things that don’t bring me very much in return. I often talk about saving your money for experiences rather than “things” that you don’t need, but this post is about the exact opposite. This post is about spending money today in order to save yourself money tomorrow. What in the world am I talking about? There are things you can buy today that will continue to save you money long after you have paid for them…and I have no problem buying items like this at all!
One of the things that I have bought a lot of lately are the Forever Stamps from the USPS. Forever Stamps can be used to mail a one-ounce letter regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used and no matter how prices may change in the future. Currently, the price of a regular postage stamp is $.42, but the price of postage goes up $.02 to $.44 in May…but if you buy Forever Stamps now at $.42, those will still be good for any first-class mail in eternity. Small savings in the short term, but bigger savings in the long run the more stamps that you have! And ours should last a while, as I really only use one or two a month.
Another great purchase that saves you money in the long term (and saves the environment, too) is a reusable water bottle that you can fill up with tap water. I am a huge proponent of tap water, and I truly believe that bottled water is not only a scam but a huge waste of money. Even if your tap water at home isn’t great, installing a $35 filter can clean it up pretty good. By using a reusable bottle from the likes of Sigg or Klean Kanteen, you are not only saving yourself from buying $1-$3 plastic bottles of water, but you are also reducing the ridiculous distances that some water travels to get to your store (think Fiji), and keeping all that plastic out of the waste stream. (Need help choosing a bottle? Check out “How To Choose A Safe Reusable Water Bottle“.)
Yet another way I save money in the long term by buying today is stocking up on food staples when they go on sale. Things like pasta noodles, grains, cans of soup, etc., can be bought in bulk and lasts nearly forever. Whenever you see a huge sale on items like this, at prices you have never seen before (even better if you have a coupon!), spend the extra couple of bucks to stock up. This not only helps to make sure you have some food on hand for quick dinners or even emergency situations, but it also can save you a ton of dough. Look for those long-term items at the store, and pick some extras up when they are on sale!
There are many different ways to spend money today to save money later, but these are just a few of the things that we have done. Do you think long-term about your expenses too? What kinds of things do you buy today so that you can save a little cash down the line? Let me (and everyone else) know in the comments so we can learn from each other!