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As Picky people, we’re pretty particular about our products! Here we’ve compiled a list of just a few of our favorite products and services for you to check out.

These are affiliate links, but we personally use and recommend all of these products (why not support the blog with them, though?). It’s my goal to make the blog display-ad free as soon as possible, so if you like what you read and don’t want the site slowed down by ads, please consider the below products.

If you’d like more information or detail on the below products, shoot us an email at contact@pickypinchers.com and we’ll be happy to help out!

Personal Capital

Personal Capital is a free app that tracks your money all in one place. I love that I can see my bank accounts, debts, and even investments. It lets me track my net worth so I can see how far along I am on the road to FIRE. Woop woop!

Hosting

We recommend Bluehost for your hosting needs.

In fact, Picky Pinchers is hosted on Bluehost, so we’re quite happy with them! If you’d like to set up a blog, check out our guide using Bluehost with their super-low $3.95/mo plan. The price is usually $7.99/mo for their basic package, but if you go through my link you can get a pretty sweet discount!

HootSuite

I absolutely love running my blog, but it can get time-consuming, especially when it comes to being on social media. I use Hootsuite regularly to schedule Facebook and Twitter messages ahead of time. I can breathe a sigh of relief and focus on the good stuff–like writing!

Google FI

We both use the Nexus 5X with Google Fi. I’ve dropped my phone probably eleventy-bajillion times and the damn thing still works like a charm!

Check out my complete review of Google FI here. I really do recommend signing up with them; we’re only paying a quarter of what we used to pay for cell service. If you sign up with this referral link, you’ll get a $20 credit to your account. So it’s worth checking out, no? 🙂

Roku

Roku is the reason we spend so little on entertainment nowadays. Roku is a nifty little device that allows us to stream from Netflix, Sling TV, YouTube, Hulu, and more. We used to hook up our computers to our TV with HDMI cables, which was annoying.

We use our Roku daily and I can’t imagine watching shows or TV without it. If you’re looking to cut cable, check out Roku.

Corelle

As a super clumsy person I’ve had Corelle dishes my entire life. My Corelleware has survived countless moves, being dropped on the floor, and even being dropped from a second-story of a building.

This stuff takes a beating and looks fabulous! If you’re in the market for durable dishes that can withstand the destruction of either a hurricane or a two-year-old, check out Corelle.

Ball Preserving Jars

I can tell you we definitely wouldn’t save as much money on food if we didn’t use Ball’s preserving jars (mason jars). They’re super cheap and I’m able to can jams, jellies, homemade stocks, and sauces.  I don’t have to worry about taking up my precious freezer space because so many things can be canned at home to save money.

Try out a Ball jar if you haven’t already. Ball also has a fantastic guide to preserving if you’re a newbie like I was!

Knives

I’ve come to love owning a set of nice knives, thanks to Mr. Picky Pincher’s love of fancy kitchen gadgets. Now, our set is super fancy and we got it from Williams-Sonoma, but we know most people aren’t going to fork over that kind of cash.

For a decent set of kitchen knives on a budget, I’d recommend these. Sure, they’re going to cost money upfront, but I AM TELLING YOU the difference between a good knife and a bad knife is night and day.

Cookware

For a regular ol’ set of cookware, I recommend Calphalon non-stick pans. I also recommend having a Lodge cast iron pan around!

Pyrex containers

I pack my lunch every day instead of going out to eat—I just throw my food into a nifty Pyrex container, and off I go!

I totally get how expensive Pyrex containers are, but they will pay for themselves over time if you switch to home-cooked meals instead of eating out. I like this set of Pyrex containers; there are a few different sizes depending on what you want to pack.

Sealy Mattresses

A cheap mattress is going to feel like a cheap mattress. And it only takes one night of sleeping on a bad mattress to turn into a Grumpy Gus. Good mattresses, like most things, will cost a hunk of cash up front, but their quality is unmatched. A lot of people swear by Tempur-Pedic, but our mattress is a queen-sized pillowtop Sealy, and it works beautifully.

Quality Underwear

Underwear is a necessary part of living that can cost a lot of cash. I recently had a bra catastrophe (bra-tastrophe?) where I wasted a ridiculous amount of money on poorly-built bras. After the bra-tastrophe, I invested in just one quality bra from Lilyette and I’ve been completely satisfied.

Comfortable shoes

A girl can only stand so many blisters before she takes a stand against cute yet painful shoes.

I walk at least a half a mile at work each day—there’s no room in my life for toe-pinching high heels or ankle-rubbing flats. I’m sure men don’t have quite the same blister problems, but they deserve comfortable shoes too, dammit!

For women, I’ve had success with Dr. Scholl’s flats like these. For men I’d always recommend Red Wings or Clarks.

For sneakers for either gender I always recommend Nikes, and I like REEF for flip flops.

 

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