Have you ever opened a drawer in your kitchen or office and seen a product you cannot remember how long you've had it? Some things can be bought once and surprisingly last a year, if not more. A group of consumers gathered online to discuss products they had purchased that had lasted way longer than they had imagined.
1. Saran Wrap
How often do we really use saran wrap? I imagine unless you are an avid cook or have a big family, a roll of saran wrap could have a pretty long lifespan. One contributor wrote about her taking the same roll of plastic wrap from a new apartment to a new apartment. Why wouldn't you buy a product that can't go bad in bulk?
2. LED Lightbulbs
My dad always told me to keep a backstock of lightbulbs, but the truth is, I rarely need to replace a bulb. Do lightbulbs last longer than they did for my boomer parents, or are my bulbs just super bulbs? I have yet to change one in my apartment for three years. Don't worry, dad. I have about a dozen unused bulbs in my hallway closet, just in case.
3. Soy Sauce
I bought a giant bottle of soy sauce about six months ago, thinking I was saving money. It turns out I don't use soy sauce that much, and if I do, it comes in packets with my takeout. Still, the sauce won't go bad, so it sits comfortably on the shelf in my fridge for the day. I need a teaspoon or two for a marinade.
Actual staples are not the necessary items we need for our day-to-day lives. One stay-at-home worker says they bought a giant pack of staples years ago, only to realize most documents are sent through computers now. Sure, a stapled document is needed occasionally. Still, a pack of 300 hundred staples will last a lifetime in a home office.
5. Sewing Accessories
A skill I do not have. Many still sew and hem dresses and pants to save money instead of buying new clothes. One crafty person writes, “I still have tons of thread and all the needles from when I got it at age 10, and it's gone with me on… I can't even count, but certainly 10+ moves. Clearly, I don't sew much. I think it'll last me my whole life.”
6. Bobby Pins
A pack of bobby pins might cost a few bucks, but they come with hundreds of little hair pins. Sure, some might fall behind a dresser or in the cracks of the couch, but if you are careful, that pack could outlast a few hairstyles.
7. Baking Soda
Unless you are an avid baker, when do you use a lot of baking soda? Baking soda can be bought in bulk, but for most people, it will sit in the fridge, getting limited use. However, the product has a shelf life of around eighteen months, so be careful when you ultimately use it.
8. Rubber Bands
You only know you need these handy guys once you need them. So you buy a bag and realize they come in a bag of about 500 for a few bucks, so they end up in a drawer until you need one a few months later. Currently, I am writing at my grandpa's desk where, in a drawer, he has a bag of rubber bands that appear to be 20 years old but are as good as ever.
The average pen will be lost before it ever runs out of ink. Think about it: most pens do not reach their demise. Look into your junk drawer, and I would bet you can find a pen from the convention you attended ten years ago that still works. I own a pack of pens bought at the dollar store that work for my weekly crossword puzzles.
10. Printer Paper
Again, this is another item that most people no longer need as much of. Everything is sent online these days. Hard copies are less necessary. One person states they used to buy printer paper in bulk, but now they work from home and send all their work in via email. Their stack of paper just sits in their desk drawer.
11. Printer Ink
Piggybacking off the last post, if you no longer need paper to print, you no longer need to buy ink cartridges for your printer. Home printers can use less ink nowadays. No more running to the store to buy more ink cartridges because you've run out of magenta or lavender blue. Save the money for more rubber bands!
12. Paper Towels
Do you have a Costco card? If you do, buy these things in bulk, stash them in a closet, and you won't need to re-up in about a year. Granted, I'm a single man, but I bought a 32-pack of paper towels almost two years ago, and I'm still sitting pretty. Be frugal; they will last.
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