Clever things to do with $20

If you have $20 to spare, here are some clever ways to spend it.

Clever things to do with $20

These days, $20 may not go very far, but if you have a spare ‘lobster’ hanging around, these five clever ways to spend it will make it feel like a whole lot more.

Invest in rechargeable batteries
Even when you buy them on special, batteries are expensive. Not only are rechargeable batteries more environmentally friendly, they’re also more cost effective. The initial outlay can be costly, but with a spare $20, you can ensure you’re never short of a double AA.

Buy a slow cooker
The best way to cook cheaper, and often tougher, cuts of meat is in a slow cooker. But it’s not only meat that benefits from a long cooking time. A few vegetables, stock and some seasoning simmering away for six hours makes a very tasty soup. Keep your eyes out for one that’s on offer, or check your local supermarket – you should be able to pick one up for near the $20 mark.

Buy some herb pots
Not only can shop-bought herbs be expensive, they usually don’t last very long. For $20 you could by a nice selection of herbs you would use everyday and make the most of the cheaper cuts of meat or vegetables you plan on having for dinner. Basil, coriander, thyme, rosemary, parsley and chives can be used in just about everything.

Buy something in bulk
How often have you seen a great deal in the supermarket that applies to buying something in bulk, only to not be able to afford it? If you choose your product wisely – i.e. something that won’t expire and you will use for months to come (think loo roll, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, etc) – you could actually end up saving yourself quite a bit of cash.

Treat yourself
Of course the sensible thing to do with even a small windfall is to make it work for you, but sometimes the best thing you can actually do is to simply do something that makes you feel better. It may be a nice meal, a pedicure, or your favourite expensive chocolate – whatever it is, enjoy.

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    Old Geezer
    1st Aug 2017
    10:28am
    Why do you have to spend it!
    casey
    1st Aug 2017
    12:02pm
    It's not a bargain, unless its something you intended to buy anyway!
    KSS
    1st Aug 2017
    12:36pm
    And where do you store all that 'stuff' you bought in bulk when you live in a small unit?
    johninmelb
    1st Aug 2017
    3:27pm
    KSS,

    How much stuff do you think $20 will buy? I think you are dreaming if you think you can buy enough stuff for $20 and not have space for it. Where do live? In a matchbox? Get real.
    KSS
    1st Aug 2017
    12:41pm
    I have to agree with the slow cooker. I got one for $20 from Woolworth recently. It is small - enough for one person for a couple of meals or 2 - 3 people for one good size meal. It is so easy to use, bung in the ingredients, put the lid on , turn it on and walk away. 6-8 hours later you have a ready meal. And you can save even more money through buying those old fashioned cheaper cuts of meat that are transformed when cooked at low temperatures for hours on end (if you eat meat of course).
    Rosret
    1st Aug 2017
    12:58pm
    An elderly retired couple went to a doctor.
    The man said, "We want to know if we are making love properly.
    Will you look at us?" "Go ahead," said the doctor. They made love.
    "You are making love perfectly," the doctor said.
    "That will be $10."
    They came back six weeks in a row and did the same thing.
    On the seventh visit the doctor said, "What are you coming here like this for - I told you that you are making love properly!"
    "She can't come to my house," said the man, "and I can't go to her house.
    A motel costs $20.
    You charge us $10 and we get $8 back from Medicare."
    Rosret
    1st Aug 2017
    1:01pm
    An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic.
    He put a sign up outside that said: "Get your treatment for $20 - if not cured get back $40."
    Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $40.
    He went to Dr. Geezer's clinic and this is what happened.
    Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?
    Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."
    Dr. Young: "Aaagh! This is Gasoline!"
    Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $20."
    Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
    Dr Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."
    Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
    Doctor Young: "Oh no you don't, that's Gasoline!"
    Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $20."
    Dr. Young (after having lost $40) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
    Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak I can hardly see!"
    Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so. Here's your $40 back."
    Dr. Young: "But this is only $20..."
    Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $20."
    missmarple
    1st Aug 2017
    2:35pm
    LOVE IT Rosret
    missmarple
    1st Aug 2017
    2:35pm
    LOVE IT Rosret
    Daveh
    1st Aug 2017
    4:53pm
    Bought a slow cooker at Kmart last week for $20. Works great. PS I don't work for Kmart.
    Daveh
    1st Aug 2017
    4:54pm
    PS it is large but beware of the power bills with slow cookers.

    1st Aug 2017
    11:28pm
    Buy the kind of herb you can grow and sell
    At $2 a smoke , you can make $200 in a week
    Plant the seeds and in a year you've made $10k tax free
    It's the plant that just keeps giving
    KB
    2nd Aug 2017
    1:14pm
    Slow cookers will burn up electricity costs. If something has bend discounted that you use very day then it is a bargain.If I have a spare 20 then I q would put the money aside for a holiday.
    *Loloften*
    3rd Aug 2017
    4:59am
    Battery Chargers & Slow Cookers use up extra elec - steak 6mins + steamed vegs 4mins. Bulk (unless frozen) buying not $saving if rots before used, better to leave in bank for a few cents of interest. Liked the last tip best - just treat yourself.