5 Small Things We've Bought That Saved Us Money in the Long Run

From products that help curb expensive drink habits to long-lasting LED lights, take a cue from our editors and discover small household items we love, all under $100, that can save you money down the road.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
September 12, 2019

Sometimes you need to spend money to make money, as many business-minded people say, so HGTV editors scanned our homes for items we've purchased that help us curb costs in the long run. Whether you have an expensive coffee habit or you're trying to lower your utility bills, these items might just help you keep some money in the bank over time, too.


"I purchased organic wool dryer balls because they are supposed to cut your electric bills by drying your clothes faster and you don’t have to use dryer sheets! The only problem is my dog thinks they are her toys. Lauren Fansler, Editor

Want to Make Your Own?
Want to Make Your Own?

DIY Reusable Dryer Balls

Cut down on dryer time, and naturally freshen your clothes by using wool yarn or upcycling an old sweater into wool dryer balls.


"I have a traditional blender that I love, but the compact design and blade selection make the NutriBullet a go-to for those smoothie cravings. The powerful motor and cyclonic action create the silkiest smoothies, and clean-up is a breeze. The included cups and lids are dishwasher-safe, and the blades are good after a quick soap-and-water rinse. That definitely beats hunting down a local smoothie shop." Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

7 Top-Rated Smoothie Blenders to Kick-Start Your Day

Get healthy and happy with morning smoothies that are both nutritious and delicious. These top-rated blenders can help supercharge your day and put a spring in your step.


"I’ve used a French press for the past four years. I almost never buy coffee, unless it’s a special weekend treat. Making coffee at home has become a ritual for my husband. He makes us coffee every morning, which I’m sure has saved us hundreds of dollars over the years." – Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

More Top-Rated Picks
More Top-Rated Picks

7 Coffee Makers to Break Your $5 Coffee Habit

Say goodbye to standing in line and paper coffee cups with these highly-rated coffee makers from Amazon that will make you want to stay in for just one more cup.


"Light bulbs aren’t exactly a "sexy" purchase for your home, but when you spend a little more money up front to buy higher quality, it’s worth the investment. Prior to buying these LED café string lights, we were replacing the bulbs on our cheaper strands almost every other month. We had to order them online and many arrived broken, so the cost of shipping and replacement was adding up quick. The look of these energy-efficient bulbs is just as charming, and we haven’t replaced a single bulb in over a year!" Mallory Ziglar, Social Media Manager


"My boyfriend and I can go through two 12-packs of sparkling water cans in a week, and I always feel like I'm saying, 'We're almost out of La Croix.' (Can you tell we're millennials?) While there are definitely worse drinks to be addicted to, buying cans of water versus just drinking the $FREE.99 water from home does add up, so I finally bought a SodaStream Fizzi One Touch to make my own sparkling water. The CO2 container, which comes with this model but is also sold separately as a refill for $15, will carbonate 60 liters of water. After doing the math, it breaks down to about 25¢ per liter of carbonated water versus 80¢ per liter for generic seltzer or $1.50 per liter for La Croix. It saves me money, and I don't have to recycle so many cans and cardboard boxes." Laura James, Assistant Editor

Next Up

The Best Presidents Day Sales to Jump On Now

We love a good deal at HGTV. From rugs to sofas to appliances, shop these amazing discounts for Presidents Day weekend while they last.

The Best Last-Minute Deals From Overstock's Extended Spring Black Friday Sale

Get free shipping and save up to 70 percent off on rugs, mattresses, art and more through April 18.

These New Rifle Paper Co. Mugs Are the Next "It" Anthropologie Mugs Everyone Will Be Gifting for the Holidays

Rifle Paper Co. is celebrating 10 years with this limited-edition collection exclusively at Anthropologie. Snag these monogrammed mugs now for everyone on your gift list.

Save Up to 50% Off Top Outdoor Products Today Only for Prime Day

Make the most of the sunny weather while these final Amazon Prime Day deals are still hot.

A Ton of Furniture + Decor From Amazon's Mid-Mod Home Brand Rivet Is on Sale for Labor Day

The already-affordable home line is even more discounted for Labor Day and comes with free shipping! Shop the best deals before they sell out.

What HGTV Editors Are Buying During Prime Day, Including Items Up to 61% Off

See what majorly discounted items we're adding to our carts during this year's Amazon Prime Day shopping extravaganza.

Everything We Want From Jonathan Adler's Affordable New Amazon Line

Now House by Jonathan Adler features fresh, trend-forward pieces spanning furniture, pottery, bedding and more.

The Best Deals From Overstock's Fourth of July Sale

Whether you're looking for rugs, mattresses or furniture, these are the best deals we found in Overstock's 4th of July Blowout sale.

The Best Deals From Pottery Barn’s Friends and Family Sale to Shop This Weekend

Pottery Barn is helping us get ready for the holidays with an in-store- and site-wide sale with items up to 25% off, free shipping!

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop for Your Home

Kick back this weekend, preferably with a cold drink in hand, and score some savings on mattresses, major appliances, outdoor furniture, rugs and more from stores like Target, Wayfair, Hayneedle and Amazon.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.