16 Genius Products That Will Save You Money In The Long Run

You’ve probably heard the phrase “it takes money to make money,” but have you heard “you’ve got to spend to save?” Probably not, since I just made it up, but in a lot of cases, it's true — buying a few good things can help you save money over time.

Most of my life, I've avoided buying things that I felt I didn’t really need, and kept it mostly to the basics. But sometimes, spending money wisely means using it on things that will cut your costs the longer you use them — like surge protectors that conserve your energy bill, or produce bags that will extend the life of your food. And in the end, I realized my frugalness could be wasteful when I’d use paper towels to wipe down my floors, or when I’d throw out the last bits of foundation because I couldn’t get it out of the bottle.

Investing in little things now that help manage your budget over time will keep your wallet happy in the future — and the best part is that most of these products aren't huge monetary investments, they're just smart choices that will save you the trouble of having to buy something over and over again.