An item in lieu of another item isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are many advantages to getting the alternative, as the following items can prove:
1. Baking soda
Okay, where to start? Baking soda is the Demi Lovato of the household world: versatile, amazing, and yet most of the time underrated. It is every homemaker’s artillery because it is the perfect alternative to tons of things, like skin exfoliant, stain remover, kitchen cleanser, deodorizer, even toothpaste! In fact, there are a hundred ways to use baking soda at home. We kid you not. Baking soda helps you save money by replacing items you normally purchase in the store.
2. Olive oil
Not only is olive oil good for your Aglio Olio pasta, it is also good for your personal hygiene! Olive oil is basically the baking soda of toiletries. It is safe, natural, and loaded with all the right nutrients and anti-aging antioxidants, making it a great alternative to a number of personal care items, such as over-the-counter make-up removers, shaving cream, and even mouthwash.
3. Cheap vodka
Cheap vodka is the boon and bane of college parties–bottoms up several times and it can send you in a hammered state the following day. But all this bad rep from party animals overshadows the hidden gem that’s truly inside cheap vodka: it is a great alternative to most store-bought cleaning solutions. Cheap vodka can wear many cleaning hats, such as deodorizer, window-cleaning solution, disinfectant, and solvent for sticky residue left by stickers and tapes. Who knew?
4. Paper towel
Real coffee lovers spend a ton on Grade A coffee beans. But one’s love of coffee doesn’t have to entail spending on expensive coffee filters. Paper towels make for a good alternative to filters, since they are porous enough to allow fluids to flow and yet sturdy enough to hold all the coffee grounds together during brewing. Just line a paper towel in your coffee machine and you’re good to go for a cup of joe. Paper towel is also good for blotting, and–if your DIY skills can help it—it can be turned into wet wipes.
5. Debit Cards
Debit cards have notable advantages over carrying cash. For one, it is very convenient when you shop because debit card acts already as your payment instrument. The BDO Debit Card, for example, allows you to shop, dine, gas up, or do your grocery in a breeze because with just a tap, dip, or swipe, you’re fully paid. Since BDO Debit Card now comes with an embedded chip for improved security, you can also now shop or book a flight online with ease and assurance.
More importantly for debit cards, it allows you to only spend the money you really have, thereby helping you achieve good financial discipline. Really, what’s not to like about it?