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Taking a play out of Oprah’s playbook – we have decided to do another “Favorite Things” post – but with a little twist. All of the items listed are some of our favorite thrifty things from 2015 that (one way or another) help to save more money.
Along with our list, we are giving away one of the items (that will be revealed later in the post) to a TTG email subscriber. So if you’ve been delaying subscribing to our emails, now is a great time to get in on this!
So here are some of our favorite things. Feel free to share one or more of your favorite thrifty things from this past year in the comments section!
Tuft & Needle Mattress
This past summer, our son left the nest and is now living on his own. As a going-away gift, we decided to purchase a mattress for him. Not wanting to spend an arm-and-a-leg (and you certainly can) – we had heard some good things about a mattress selling on Amazon for a flat $600 (queen – they have a twin bed that sells for $350).
Everyone we heard from raved about this mattress. And, it is one of the highest rated mattresses at Amazon. It ships free and arrives in a large cardboard box (it’s quite heavy – so make sure you have some muscles handy). My son says it is the best bed he’s ever owned – and he doesn’t even use a box-spring.
It comes with a free 100-day trial (if you buy direct from their website) and if you don’t like the bed, Tuft & Needle just asks that you donate it to a nearby charity/thrift store and they’ll refund your money.
Since you spend so much time sleeping, I think a decent / fair-priced bed is worth it in the long-run.
Saddleback Leather ID Wallet
A thrifty guy has got to own a good wallet – and this one is hands-down, the best I’ve ever owned. I’m not against paying a premium for items that are going to last – because it will likely save you more in the long haul.
Enter the Saddleback Front Pocket ID Wallet ($39). This bad boy is tough and durable. I’ve had mine for a couple years now – and hope to never buy another wallet again. In fact, Saddleback products come with a 100-year warranty “against defects in materials and workmanship”. Now, that’s standing behind your product.
We’ve had the opportunity to work with these guys in person and they are the real deal. There are so many things you can learn by going to their website. They offer tons of resources and aids, along with a two credit scores and two credit reports, from Equifax and TransUnion.
Credit Karma is even backed by Google. They hope to be the go-to stop for all your financial needs in the future – in case you need to refinance a student loan, finance a car or get customized insurance quotes.
Best of all, the site is free.
Intrigued by claims that he and his family could save as much as 30% on their home energy bills – Charlie investigated Nest thermostats and installed one at his house.
Four months later, he realized about 20% savings in his bills – and loves the new gadget. Aside from it’s initial upfront costs (currently $249 at Amazon), the Nest remains a thrifty device that can save you money every month. There are sure to be more of these “smart” objects coming your way soon as the “internet of things” expands and causes our homes to be more intelligent.
Even though you probably have a cell phone, chances are there is a landline sitting idle at home. While they aren’t used as much as they were back in the day – landline’s are great to have in case of emergencies, when the cell phone is charging or if you want to take a break from all that radiation.
Charlie and I both own an Ooma Telo – and love it. In fact, we’ve had the privilege to partner with them at the site and would recommend their products to anyone looking to lower their landline bill. Charlie has managed to save over $1,000 by dropping his regular provider and switching to Ooma back in 2012.